(INDIANAPOLIS) - Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced today that the state is currently seeking the next Indiana "Stellar Communities".
The highly successful state Stellar Communities program, created by Lt. Governor Skillman, was launched last year to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana's smaller cities and towns. Applicants selected in 2012 will undertake multiple quality of life projects to improve and revitalize their community.
"The Stellar Communities program proves that it doesn't always take more dollars to make a bigger impact," said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. "By thinking comprehensively, Hoosier cities and towns selected for this program can truly transform their community."
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.
Local units of government in Indiana that are considered non-entitlement areas as defined by the federal Housing and Urban Development guidelines are encouraged to submit a letter of interest for the program by February 10. Interested communities can learn more about the program and download the guidelines for the Letter of Interest at http://www.in.gov/ocra/2513.htm.
The cities of Greencastle and North Vernon were named Indiana's first two Stellar Communities last year.
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