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State Unveils 'Better Communications' Initiative
September 5, 2007 - Today, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) along with Ball State University’s “Building Better Communities,” Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development/Extension Service, and USDA - Rural Development announced they will begin accepting applications for the Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness (IHTC) program. This pilot program focuses on community and economic development throughout rural Indiana, a priority of the Daniels-Skillman administration.
The Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness program provides a comprehensive approach to rural development by: mobilizing local leaders and building community civic capacity, energizing local entrepreneurs, raising development dollars, and engaging youth. The program encourages citizens to participate in leadership opportunities and support aggressive community and economic development plans.
“Strategic economic and community development plans are essential to the growth and sustainability of Indiana’s rural areas,” said David Terrell, executive director of OCRA. “The Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness program’s emphasis on strengthening local leadership and mobilizing development resources represents a major opportunity for communities throughout our state.”
Pilot communities chosen through the application process will participate in Phase I of the three-phase IHTC program. Phase I consists of exploration of the program, assessment of local development, and the creation of customized strategic opportunities. Phase II consists of strategic development and implementation, and Phase III focuses on sustaining success.
To learn more about Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness program and access the pilot community application, please visit http://www.in.gov/ocra/community_ihtc.shtml.
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