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Hometown Collaboration Initiative

On November 28, WLFI, Local News Channel 18, featured the story, Logansport leaders work to boost community progress.   The story highlighted a key goal of the local HCI team, which is to share the story of the community’s rich history and local assets.  The article quotes HCI core team member, Michelle Dials, “I think that we …
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. “Indiana is dotted with nearly 700 small cities and towns, and HCI is the right initiative to help strengthen the long-term vitality of these …
Small towns across Indiana are trying modernize their economies and hold onto younger residents. But where do they start? With jobs? Quality of life? Or somewhere else entirely? Making that decision can be complicated as residents found out recently in Orange County. It’s home to Lost River Market & Deli, which looks a little out …
The Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI), 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. “Indiana is dotted with nearly 700 small cities and towns, and HCI is the right initiative to help strengthen the long-term vitality of these communities,” said Bo …
Seymour’s HCI Coordinating Team is heavily engaged with Vision 2025 in planning and launching their Local Food Summit that will take place February 24. Seymour began the HCI process in early 2015. Early on, the HCI team members had a strong feeling they would pursue an area that focused around Quality of Place. Through the learning …
In 2015, the Corydon HCI committee had many great accomplishments, ranging from strong engagement from the community to strengthened relationships among local leaders. The shining star of the HCI process is their Capstone Project: creating a park in the downtown, academically known as a greenspace. The decision to focus on creating a greenspace came from …
On December 4, 2015, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann sent an electronic video to congratulate four newly designated finalists for the …
Last week, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) was recognized with the Purdue Extension Director’s Award for its partnership with Purdue Extension…
Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced six communities that have been selected to participate in the Office of Community and Rural Affair’s Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) pilot program this year. Selected communities include Corydon, Lebanon, Perry County, Pulaski County, Rush County and Seymour. This initiative is open to communities of fewer than 25,000 people that …