(Greendale, Ind.) - Greendale has missed the cut on a large state grant program.
Greendale was one of 24 communities across the state who submitted a letter of interest for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ Stellar Community grant.
Six cities made the list of finalists announced Monday: Angola, Bedford, Frankfort, Petersburg, Richmond, and Wabash.
In February, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann asked for letters of interest from communities who believed they were ready to take the next step and benefit from the Stellar Communities program. Participants completed a variety of comprehensive planning and integration steps prior to submitting their LOI’s. For many communities it was the culmination of a multi-year preparation effort.
“Our Stellar Community finalists are working hard to create effective community and economic development,” said Ellspermann. “Their intense planning and collaborative efforts strive to attract additional investments and improve the quality of life for their hometown residents.”
“The quality of the 24 LOI’s was excellent and it was a difficult decision to narrow the field to six finalists,” said Dax Norton, Executive Director of OCRA. “Many communities diligently worked to improve their prior applications, and new communities stepped forward to be considered.”
Previous Stellar Community designations have been awarded to Greencastle and North Vernon in 2011, followed by Princeton and Delphi 2012.