The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) will be working with Ball State’s Indiana Communities Institute to lend support to the latest iteration of the Stellar Communities Program, a multi-agency partnership being coordinated by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). First launched in 2011, the program has garnered favorable attention since its inception, including the President’s Award for Innovation from the Council of State Community Development Agency in 2012.
One of the important new changes being introduced in the 2018 Stellar Communities is a requirement that two or more communities must partner together to create a region. The new program orientation is designed to help communities discover the many opportunities that can be pursued when working together to advance the economic vitality of the region. PCRD will lend its technical expertise and guide the strategic activities of communities once they are selected as program awardees. Given the Center’s capacity-building activities at the national level through its work on the multi-state Stronger Economics Together (SET) initiative, and its coordination of the Indiana Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) (in partnership with OCRA and Ball State University), it is well-positioned to lend its expertise to the 2018 Stellar Communities program. For more information, visit: http://www.in.gov/ocra/stellar.htm.