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Hometown Collaboration Initiative

The Town of Cumberland, Indiana, has launched a new civic organization dedicated to engaging the public through art and improving the aesthetics of the town. For its first project, the Cumberland Arts and Spaces Task Force (CAST) will oversee the development of an interactive mural on the Buck Creek Trail where it crosses under US …
Angola Residents vote during the forum on initiatives they would like to see implemented in the community.
How do you get nearly 100 local residents to participate in your community forum? Through working hard on marketing, Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) co-coach Beth Neu explained. Neu is one of the coaches for the Angola HCI team. She was joined by several Purdue University and Ball State University professionals who served as table facilitators. …
“Small Business Starts Here” – RushCountyBiz.com That’s the message that Rushville and Rush County are championing with the launching of the community’s own entrepreneurial website. Over fifty community members gathered on Wednesday when the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) team hosted an official launch party for the new website. The Rush County Biz website is the “go-to” …
On a beautiful May day, more than 100 people gathered at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds to learn, network and share about the local food system for Auburn, Indiana. This event is the mid-way point in the Rebuilding Your Local Food System program that the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) Team is pursuing as part of their …
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced on May 4, 2017 that the Towns of Albion and Cumberland, Cities of Angola and Washington, and Brown County have been welcomed into the Indiana Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI). To date, nineteen communities across the State of Indiana have joined this community capacity-building initiative. “We are so pleased …
More than 58 people gathered at the Spencer County Extension office on March 22, 2017 to learn and discuss issues for their local food system. As part of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) Placemaking Track, the group has embarked on the Purdue Extension Rebuilding Your Local Food System program. As part of this six-month process, the …
The Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced on April 6, 2017 that the semi-finalists for Generation 5 of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) are Albion, Angola, Cumberland, Washington and Brown County. These communities will host a visit from members of the State HCI team as the next step of the selection process. …
The Hometown Collaboration Initiative, an Initiative of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), is accepting applications from communities or counties with a current population of 25,000 or fewer. “HCI provides smaller communities with the ability to make a difference,” said Bo Beaulieu, Purdue Center for Regional Development Director and Extension Community Development …
Tell City, Indiana, in Perry County sits by the Ohio River, 179 miles away from Indianapolis. However, after a project with the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI), Perry County is just one click from anywhere in the world. HCI targets Indiana communities that are committed to building on their existing assets. HCI has helped Perry County …
Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community Affairs (OCRA) announced on January 18, 2017 that the Town of Bremen, as well as Crawford County, have been welcomed into the Indiana Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI). To date, fourteen communities across the State of Indiana have joined this community capacity-building initiative. “Our recent …