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The American Citizen Planner program, which provides training in core competencies for public planning officials, is now being offered in Indiana twice per year. The online training program is designed to help those serving on plan commissions and other volunteers interested in community planning understand the roles and responsibilities of public officials, community residents and …
Purdue Extension Community Development (CD) and the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) is ecstatic to announce the release of our Digital Ready Businesses (DRB) app (only for Android devices; iOS coming soon)! This app is geared towards small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to improve their online presence by providing classes in the form of …
This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) has committed to participate in NPM to increase preparedness throughout the U.S. The event, now in its fifteenth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the …
We were in southern Indiana a few weeks ago in a county that is, at first glance, not for want of green space. In fact, natural spaces abound. Dominated by a significant swath of the Hoosier National Forest, it is a burgeoning tourism destination and an increasingly popular place for people seeking some solitude to …
The Southwestern Indiana Master Gardeners Association (SWIMGA) continues to pioneer efforts on strategic planning for their organization. A group filled the Oakley Library meeting room on Saturday, March 4, as Heather Strohm, Purdue Extension Community Development Regional Educator, led them through goal setting. The Visioning Forum information guided the group through vigorous goal setting activities. Goal champions …
Nearly 50 Southwestern Indiana Master Gardeners Association (SWIMGA) members attended a Visioning Forum on February 4, 2017. Community Development Regional Educators Tanya Hall and Heather Strohm led the members through the morning event. The members participated in four sessions that focused on what SWIMGA does well, what areas have gaps or challenges, where they foresee their vision in 5, 10, …
Purdue Extension’s new Conservation through Community Leadership (CCL) program is now accepting applications for the inaugural community action planning meetings. This new program guides community groups, boards, and commissions through facilitated action planning sessions to support locally driven natural resource management strategies and policy. Community groups participating in the program identify issues of concern and …
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More and more communities are beginning to recognize the need for place based asset strategies when it comes to economic development. Many community citizens, stakeholders and even economic development professionals find this a new idea and wonder exactly what this is…
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The West Lafayette Parks & Recreation Department revealed the results of a survey being used to improve services. Monday night was the first of two meetings to review the results. The department conducted the survey earlier this year. It asked questions about individual opinions on services, programs and facilities provided …
The award of a federally-funded $40,000 planning grant will allow city officials to develop a Downtown Revitalization Study to address ways to improve, strengthen and promote the community’s downtown and, in turn, residents’ quality of life and the city’s economic development opportunities. According to Mayor Chris McBarnes, this grant was pursued as a result of …