The opportunity for those involved in a regional partnership that intends to seek an application in the Regional Stellar Communities Designation Program can do so now until Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. ET in Indianapolis.
The regional collaboration includes neighboring towns, cities and counties. Eligible participants include local units of government that are a county, city or an incorporated town that participate in the Indiana Community Development Block Grant program.
According to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), the Stellar Communities Program is a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment that works with communities in the development of regional development plans, promoting local and regional partnerships and increasing economic development.
The Marshall County Crossroads Regional Stellar Initiative was a finalist in the 2018 application process, but did not receive the designation. Another bid by the group is expected this year. Starke County officials are attempting to get the paperwork started to be an applicant in this year’s effort.
All participating communities must commit at least four years to the project.
Those selected as finalists will be notified this spring.