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Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced six communities that have been selected to participate in the Office of Community and Rural Affair’s Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) pilot program this year. Selected communities include Corydon, Lebanon, Perry County, Pulaski County, Rush County and Seymour. This initiative is open to communities of fewer than 25,000 people that want to expand their pipeline of local leaders, strengthen and expand jobs by building on existing economic assets and improve the attractiveness and quality of life of their hometowns. A core principle of HCI is that broad-based input and buy-in is vital to the long-term success and sustainability of all community development initiatives.
The Purdue Community Development Extension Program, along with the Purdue Center for Regional Development and Ball State University, are program partners and will provide educational resources, data analysis tools and professional coaching to each of the six selected communities.