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Semi-Finalists for Generation 5 of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative Announced
Start Date: 4/6/2017 All Day
End Date: 4/6/2017
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OCRA Announces Semi-Finalists for Generation 5 of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative


INDIANAPOLIS (4.6.17) – Today OCRA announced Albion, Angola, Cumberland, Washington, and Brown County are semi-finalists for Generation 5 of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI).

This initiative is open to self-identified communities of 25,000 or fewer people who want to develop a new generation of local leaders; promote the launch, survival and growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs; and/or enhance the natural and physical assets of their hometowns.

The HCI program is delivered by OCRA in a unique partnership with Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute (ICI) and Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development (PCRD). Together, these entities champion the core principles of HCI, especially working to gain broad-based input and buy-in that is vital to the long-term success and sustainability of all community development initiatives.

The next step in the selection process will be site visits conducted by the HCI team later this month. Each of the semi-finalist teams will have a 90-minute session during the visits to further elaborate on their opportunities for the program and how it can contribute to the long-term success of local community and economic development initiatives.

Finalist communities will be announced on or before May 4, 2017.

The Finalist teams will then choose one of three educational tracks or Building Blocks in the HCI process:

  • Economy - Build a supportive community environment for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Leadership – Prepare the next generation of leaders by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make good things happen in their community.
  • Placemaking – Enhance community design and public spaces by building on the community’s physical and natural assets.

Previous HCI communities are at varying stages of executing their projects; whether that be the HCI Foundation Phase (lasting 4-8 months), Building Block Phase (lasting 3-6 months), or Capstone Phase, the length of which depends on the proposed project. They include:

Generation 4

  • Bremen
  • Crawford County

Generation 3

  • Decatur
  • Logansport

Generation 2

  • Auburn
  • Orange County
  • Spencer County
  • Vermillion County

Generation 1

  • Corydon
  • Lebanon
  • Seymour
  • Perry County
  • Pulaski County
  • Rush County

For information on the Hometown Collaboration Initiative, visit the HCI website or contact your OCRA Community Liaison.




Contact Information:
Name: Emily Duncan
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    Community and Rural Affairs, Indiana Office of

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