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April 2022

~ by Heather Strohm, Regional Extension Educator, Community Development – Purdue University   Ribbon cuttings with large gold scissors often celebrate the wins of communities as businesses open. What steps are taken as companies add employees? How do communities, cities, towns, counties, and regions celebrate company success as businesses navigate aspects such as adding water …
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)   My next two columns are NOT a travelogue. They ARE a love letter to “home.” Last month I had the privilege of co-leading a Study Abroad to the Republic …
~by Steve Yoder Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   If you’ve ever written a community grant proposal, you’ve discovered that most applications have a standard set of sections that you need to complete.  Examples include the community need statement, expected outcomes, timeline, and budget.  And inevitably, just about every application has a section at …
April 5, 2022 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana communities are facing complex land-use planning decisions, specifically in regards to renewable energy. To assist communities, Purdue Extension, through support from Hoosiers for Renewables and Indiana Farm Bureau, released a comprehensive study on land-use regulations for wind and solar renewable energy along with county snapshots. “Hoosiers for …
~Dr. Larry DeBoer February 22, 2022   The inflation rate was 7.5 percent from January 2021 to January 2022, the highest inflation in 40 years. It arrived suddenly and unexpectedly. A year ago the inflation rate was 1.4 percent, which was lower than the 1.7 percent average rate over the previous decade. It’s an unwelcome …