The Purdue Center for Regional Development was featured this week in an Inside Indiana Business news release. The article featured the all New Hometown Collaborative Initiative (HCI), a new program of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann. The Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue Extension Community Development Program, Ball State Building Better Communities Department, and Ball State College of Architecture and Planning (urban design) are program partners who have been instrumental in designing the initiative and preparing educational materials and interactive activities for selected communities.
The news release provides information about the HCI program, which is an asset based community development program designed to energize communities by: (1) expanding a community’s leadership capacity, (2) embracing innovative strategies to enhance a community’s economy or (3) enhancing your community’s quality of life through placemaking strategies.
In the article, PCRD director Lionel J. Beaulieu explains the purpose of the HCI program, saying, “Indiana is dotted with a sizable number of small cities and towns, and HCI is the right program to help strengthen the long-term vitality of these communities.”