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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs

OCRA > OCRA Regional Conferences 2014 OCRA Regional Conferences 2014

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs hosted eight regional conferences in the month of October.  This was an excellent opportunity to learn about and work with OCRA to launch new initiatives for the communities of the over 600 attendees.

Now it’s your turn; view the presentations and advance your community!

OCRA introduced – its vision, partners and programs

Stellar Communities – an overview of the Stellar program, eligibility and requirements as well as findings from the Sagamore Institute

Economic Restructuring through Indiana Main Street – learn about the basic concept of economic restructuring within downtowns

Community Entrepreneurship Initiative, CEI – consider CEI to grow and retain entrepreneurs in your community

Indiana Shovel Ready Certification – Indiana’s Shovel Ready Program results in certified sites that are ready for economic development.


Keynote Presentations:

  • Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann – including Indiana’s vision for the Rural Broadband Working Group
  • Go to: Regional Cities Initiative – Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation pointed attendees to insights and tools for making Indiana’s cities and regions national economic powerhouses


Hometown Collaboration Initiative, HCI – for communities of under 25,000 people that want to expand their pipeline of local leaders, while strengthening and expanding jobs

Community Readiness Initiative, CRI – a low-cost, high-impact evaluation process to assist your town in planning for positive, productive growth

Indiana Main Street – Event Planning 101 – helpful tips for successful events in your community

Investing in Place – to help Indiana communities become even greater places to visit, live, and work:

  • Place Based Investment Fund, PBIF
  • Downtown Enhancement Grant, DEG
  • Main Street Revitalization Program, MSRP

Community Enhancement and Economic Development Fund, CEED – a HUD Section 108 loan program for:

  • Housing Development
  • Economic Development
  • Community Development