(BEDFORD) - Despite efforts by city officials Bedford was not selected as a finalist for the Stellar Community Grant Program.
President of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce Jamie Medlock says the city will continue to work on the downtown revitalization plan and will be prepared if and when the opportunities arise in the future. She went on to thanks the residents of Bedford for their support and willingness to help.
Lt. Governor Skillman announced that seven Hoosier communities were been selected as finalists in the highly competitive "Stellar Communities" program.
The program was launched last year to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana's smaller cities and towns.
"Each of the finalists demonstrated a comprehensive plan with the potential to transform their community," said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. "Only two will be our next Stellar Communities, but all seven will benefit from the long-term strategic planning."
Finalists include the cities of Auburn, Crawfordsville, Delphi, Petersburg, Princeton, Richmond and Whitestown.
Each finalist community will receive $10,000 to prepare an in-depth Strategic Investment Plan proposal, and will also participate in a site visit with the state selection team. In May, two of the finalist communities will be announced as this year's Stellar Communities.
The state's Stellar Communities program is a partnership between three state agencies: the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Indiana Department of Transportation.
Selected communities will complete multiple community development projects funded by the three partner agencies' programs, which may address housing, water infrastructure needs, street and roadwork, streetscape and lighting needs, community centers, revitalization projects, and other quality of life issues.
For more information, please visit http://www.in.gov/ocra/2513.htm.
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