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‘Stellar’ program seeking Letters of Intent

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is accepting Letters of Intent for regions looking to earn the Stellar Communities designation. The program provides funding for communities looking to implement regional development plans to boost quality of life.

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch’s office says the program will continue with the regional scope of the competition and select one regional designee. Last year’s designation was awarded to Marshall County Crossroads, which will receive more than $13 million in funding from various state agencies.

“Too often, we get caught up in the challenges and issues facing our community,” Jodi Golden, executive director of OCRA, said in a news release. “By working together to move a region forward, even more can be accomplished and innovative ideas can become reality. This program helps a region begin that collaborative process.”

OCRA says all participating communities must commit at least four years to the project and eligible participants can include local units of government, a county, city or an incorporated town not currently considered a HUD-recognized entitlement community. Additionally, only those communities that participate in the state Community Development Block Grant program are eligible.

Letters of Intent are being accepted until April 3 at 4 p.m. You can learn more information about the Stellar Communities program by clicking here.