The response to COVID-19 will mean some adjustments for the City of Knox. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council last week that preliminary reports suggest a decrease in funding for cities, towns, and counties. “The revenue stream is going to be shorted with this, and if you look at it, our [County Economic Development Income Tax] funds, people get laid off, unemployment, that’s where it comes from,” he explained.Continue reading
A county-wide art installation, more amenities at the Starke County Forest, and a relocated shelter at Wythogan Park were a few of the ideas Starke County residents had, when it comes to figuring out how Constellation of Starke should spend its $333,000. That’s the money the region was awarded by the state for being a finalist in last year’s Stellar Communities Designation Program.Continue reading
Starke County residents have a chance to weigh in potential park improvements. Constellation of Starke says it’s decided to use $330,000 of the money it got for being a finalist region in last year’s Stellar Communities Designation Program on parks.Continue reading
Teams of innovators tried to tackle some of Starke County’s most pressing challenges, as part of the Indiana Bond Bank’s Flipping Finance Challenge. Graduate students, experts in particular fields, and others interested in improving communities gathered in Indianapolis last week for an “18-hour design sprint.” The goal was to try to come up with creative solutions to challenges facing Starke County, Jay County, and the City of Bloomington with the chance of winning prizes.Continue reading
The Constellation of Starke will once again be seeking Regional Stellar Community Status this year.
The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) is accepting Letters of Intent until 4 p.m. ET on Friday, April 3rd.Continue reading
Plans are being finalized for the Hamlet Town Park’s new memorial walking path. The town is teaming up with the Hamlet American Legion to build a path in memory of Robert J. Tauteris Jr.Continue reading
Increasing the amount of art in Starke County and expanding opportunities for local creative people were a few areas of focus when executive committee members were working on the Constellation of Starke Regional Development Plan.
Community Foundation Director of Development Jessica Martinović shared one of the ways those ideas manifested last year.Continue reading
Starke County officials hope to make a visible impact on the county’s park facilities as a result of last year’s Stellar efforts. Constellation of Starke will get about $333,000 for being a finalist region in last year’s Stellar Communities Designation Program.Continue reading
Even though Constellation of Starke wasn’t designated a Stellar Community in 2019, the Hamlet Park Board is confident that it will still be able to complete one of its projects next year.Continue reading
Efforts to boost housing development in Starke County were shared with the Oregon-Davis School Board last week.Continue reading
Constellation of Starke executive committee members shared their insights on the outcome of their Stellar Community application with the Starke County Park Board Tuesday. The region lost out on this year’s designation to Marshall County Crossroads.Continue reading
Hamlet officials now have a plan in place to guide the town’s development for the next decade. A comprehensive plan was officially adopted by the town council Wednesday.Continue reading
A Stellar-bration will be held in the region on Thursday, December 19 to celebrate this accomplishment.
While the Constellation of Starke (COS) did not get this year’s designation, as a finalist region about $333,000 will come into the County to support community development.Continue reading
Potential upgrades to the Hamlet Town Park depend on tomorrow’s Stellar Community announcement. The winner of this year’s Stellar designation is scheduled to be announced tomorrow morning.Continue reading
Region representatives from the Constellation of Starke were in Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon, fulfilling one of the last steps in the Stellar Program process before this year’s designation is announced in December.Continue reading
Constellation of Starke region representatives will be making their way down to Indianapolis today to do a final run through of their Stellar presentation before they show it to program officials Tuesday afternoon.Continue reading
Starke County’s unemployment rate continues to drop, but concerns remain for economic development officials.Continue reading
The recipient of this year’s Regional Stellar Communities Designation will be announced before the end of the year. However, before that determination is made in December, all finalist regions will provide an hour-long presentation in Indianapolis.Continue reading
The Hamlet Park Board has decided to hold off on any potential upgrades, pending the outcome of Constellation of Starke’s Stellar Community efforts. For months, board members have been discussing the possibility of completing at least one project in the Town Park this year, if money is available.Continue reading
North Judson officials took another look at the Constellation of Starke Inter-Local Agreement when members Monday night.Continue reading