On May 25, 2017, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced the six communities who are the Division 1 and Division 2 finalists for the 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program (SCDP). The City of Greensburg was announced one of three finalists in the Division 1 category for cities with a population between 6,000-50,000 people. The City of Madison and the City of Vincennes were also named as finalists.
As finalist communities, each will receive a planning grant to either create or build upon existing local Strategic Investment Plans, detailing projects, partnerships, and proposed sources of funding. Site visits will then be conducted by the Stellar Team which is comprised of representatives from the partnering agencies who follow a standard agenda and set of questions. Later this summer, one community from each division will be named a 2017 Stellar Communities Designee.
Previous Stellar Communities Designees include:
2011 – Greencastle & North Vernon
2012 – Delphi & Princeton
2013 – Bedford & Richmond
2014 – Huntingburg & Wabash
2015: D1 – Crawfordsville & D2 – North Liberty
2016: D1 – Corydon & D2 – Rushville
Funding for the Stellar Communities Designation Program comes from multiple existing federal and state programs. For more information on past designees, timelines, and contact information, please visit www.ocra.in.gov/Stellar.
The Sagamore Institute has been engaged to provide an ongoing report on the lessons learned and successes of this program. Their reports can be found at www.stellarindiana.org.