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Holiday Inflation Cheer

~Dr. Larry DeBoer November 29, 2022   The holidays are here. Time for good cheer and happy thoughts, even if candy canes and sugar plums cost 7.8 percent more this …

A Pledge for the New Year

~ by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension    A standard best practice in recruiting members to any community board is to provide them with a written role description …


Sue Ellspermann
March 31, 2016

"We know that our rural communities play a vital role in Indiana’s economy, and I commend the finalists for working together to develop a strong local vision for the future. It is through programs such as HCI that we are able to foster a culture that supports capacity building, collaborative partnerships and business growth and provides a quality of place where people want to invest, live, work and raise a family."

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