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The Stellar Communities program is a multi-agency partnership between Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Indiana Department of Transportation, is designed to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana’s smaller communities.

Stellar Communities has been recognized nationally as a premier community development program when it received the 2012 President's Award for Innovation from the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA).


There will be a free Stellar Communities Informational Forum/Workshop for communities on Friday, February 13 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST at The Garrison at Ft. Benjamin Harrison State Park, Indianapolis.
Registration for this event is restricted to the Chief Elected Official and up to four key partners of their choosing.
Click here to register.
For those interested in overnight accommodations, you may contact Corrie Scott at 800-824-2476 or for a list of nearby hotels.

Stellar Communities Information Sheet
Stellar Communities Project Matrix
Stellar Communities Division List
Communities Call for Letters of Interest
Stellar Communities Program Definitions
Authorization to Submit Form

Questions about the Stellar Communities Program can be directed to


Huntingburg's proposal focuses on connecting their city to make it a friendly and traversable community by creating trail paths connecting updated streetscapes, the future construction of a park for outdoor activities, and a new expansion of market rate single-family homes and affordable rental housing for residents.

Wabash’s proposal includes a complete renovation of the historic Eagles Theatre, the creation of an integrated playground for all children of all abilities, commercial façade enhancements, creation of an outdoor amphitheater, streetscape and connectivity improvements, trail connections, owner occupied home rehabilitation, and creating new multi-generational, multi-income downtown housing opportunities.

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Bedford’s proposal centers on their downtown area and includes improved gateways, murals, streetscapes and parking as well as the addition of a Limestone Trail, façade renovations and downtown business development.

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Richmond’s proposal includes positively enhancing the quality of life through the addition of senior housing, owner occupied rehabilitation, improved sidewalks and bike trails, as well as downtown façade, second and third story living options and downtown Wi-Fi.

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Delphi’s proposal included connectivity enhancements through trail projects, façade improvements for downtown buildings, the creation of a pedestrian-friendly downtown by incorporating new streetscapes, lighting and on-street parking, the restoration and expansion of the Delphi Opera House, the rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing in downtown neighborhoods, the creation of railroad quiet zones,  and the development of affordable downtown loft-style housing options.

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Princeton’s proposal included the conversion of a parking lot into a downtown park, the creation of a pedestrian-friendly downtown by improving streetscapes, sidewalks, alleyways and parking, the development of affordable senior housing, the restoration of the Princeton Theatre into a live performing arts venue, façade improvements for buildings on the historic Courthouse Square and the development of affordable downtown loft-style housing options.

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Greencastle’s proposal included improvements to building facades, streetscapes, parking solutions and wayfinding in the downtown district; the development of affordable downtown loft-style housing options and owner-occupied rehabilitation in a near-downtown neighborhood; Improvements to the local quality of life including a new community health center, a trail, partnership with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and a technology hub/Wi-fi bubble in the commercial district.

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North Vernon’s original proposal included the redevelopment of a brownfield site, the restoration of a Carnegie Library, a train depot renovation, a downtown streetscape project, owner-occupied home repair in a near-downtown neighborhood, the construction of a pedestrian-friendly downtown plaza space, and mixed-use development.

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