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Office Of Community And Rural Affairs Award Stormwater Improvement Funds To 11 Communities
Updated December 2, 2015 7:15 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced over $9 million in funding for the Stormwater Improvements Program (SIP) was awarded to 11 communities throughout the state.

"We know that SIP plays a vital role in assisting our communities who suffer from flooded property or inadequate stormwater management systems," said Bill Konyha, OCRA Executive Director. "It is through programs like SIP that we are able to aid communities in providing a quality of place for its citizens and further assist in alleviating our cities and towns from the expenses and decreased property values that result from flooding."

The SIP is funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) with the goals to:

  • Cut stormwater treatment and energy costs
  • Generate jobs and spur economic development
  • Protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape
  • Reduce flooding

Projects receiving SIP funding:

  • City of Bicknell - $870,500
  • Town of Edinburgh - $858,700
  • Town of Franklin - $1,000,000
  • Town of Fowler - $1,000,000
  • Town of Ligonier - $365,810
  • Town of Middletown - $983,000
  • Town of Morgantown - $949,000
  • City of Rushville - $382,500
  • Town of Stinesville - $898,750
  • City of Sullivan - $1,000,000
  • Town of West Terre Haute - $1,000,000

There are two steps to the application process: the proposal and the application stages. The proposal stage allows OCRA to conduct a site visit with the community and also ensures the project is likely to meet one of the CDBG national objectives before submission.

For more information about the Stormwater Improvements Program, contact your regional Community Liaison with questions and visit OCRA's Stormwater Improvements Program (SIP) webpage.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs' (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state, and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development.

For updates from Lt. Governor Ellspermann and the agencies she oversees, go to

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