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April 2021

~by Dr. Larry DeBoer Suppose you’ve been prevented from buying things for a year, or maybe a decade. Now the dishwasher is on the fritz, the tires are nearly bald, and the springs on the couch have sprung.  Or, you’ve not been to a restaurant or concert or ballgame—or anywhere—for all that time. Then the …
Michael Wilcox
by Michael Wilcox and Elisa Worland For many, just reading the title of this article sets off the tune in your head. Well, assuming that you can find it in your brain, which has become a jumbled mess over the last year for many of us. In the song, Jackson Browne sings: “Gotta do what …
Kara Salazar
~ by Kara Salazar, AICP, Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities, Purdue Extension, Illinois – Indiana Sea Grant As we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we re-engage community through inclusive public spaces? The Project for Public Spaces has a thought-provoking, four-part article series, A Playbook for Inclusive Placemaking. This …
When you’re looking to make data-driven decisions for local government financing, don’t overlook a great tool from the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD): Rural Indiana Stats. This site features a capacity-cost index, calculated by Dr. Larry DeBoer, that helps everyone from local residents to local elected officials understand what resources are available to them …
~ by Heather Strohm, Regional Extension Educator, Community Development – Purdue University Before the pandemic, a digital media company in Denver with 100 employees, was embarking on an expansion to double its size. On March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID outbreak a pandemic, the company’s plans were halted and …