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The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs works with Indiana communities to build relevant and economically thriving places where people want to live, work and grow.


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On Friday, May 18, attend the upcoming Main Street Exchange in Francesville! The Uptown Project is hosting this economic vitality focus exchange.  The agenda is filled with local development experts and previous Stellar Communities designees’ representation to talk about their experience. We will end the day hearing about the Uptown Project’ promotions and then getting a chance to explore the city.

The fee is $30 per person with breakfast and lunch being provided. Breakfast and registration beings at 8:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church located at 192 E. Lyman Ave. All Main Street organizations and community members are welcome to attend.  

Speakers include:

  • Anita Werling – Delphi Opera House Advisory Board, Stellar Community
  • Jonathan Leist – Town of Culver Manager, Stellar Community
  • Wendy Rose – Executive Director, Community Foundation of Pulaski County
  • Nathan Origer – Director, Pulaski County Community Development Commission
  • Krysten Hinkle – Pulaski County Tourism and Farmers Market

Register online today!  


USDA seeks applications for funding to increase access to E-Connectivity/Broadband in rural areas

USDA is accepting applications for grants to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved rural communities. Grants from $100,000 to $3 million are available to state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits and for-profit corporations. Applicants must be able to provide a 15 percent match on the desired grant amount.

The funds must be used to provide broadband service at a minimum rate-of-data transmission of 25 megabits downstream and three megabits upstream, which is the speed benchmark that the Federal Communications Commission has officially adopted for broadband connectivity. Awardees must use USDA funding to offer free broadband service to all critical community facilities in their proposed service areas for two years and provide a community center with free broadband service for two years. Paper and electronic applications are due May 14.
USDA is holding informational webinars on this grant on April 5 and 10. Sign up here

View more information on the grant program here.

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