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OCRA > OCRA Regional Conferences 2014 OCRA Regional Conferences 2014

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is hosting eight regional conferences in the month of October.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about and work with OCRA to launch new initiatives for your community. Choose the most convenient location for you!
Encouraged to attend are civic volunteers, mayors, council-members, county officials, members of the Indiana General Assembly, Main Street organizations, local and regional economic development officials (LEDOs), community foundation staff, convention and visitors bureau staff, educators, and youth program coordinators. In short:   Anyone who is interested in learning more about OCRA service programs and funding should attend.

Multiple Dates and Locations:
• Valparaiso – October 2 AGENDA    

   Valparaiso County Club 

   2501 Country Club Road

   Valparaiso, IN 46383    

• New Castle – October 7  AGENDA 

   New Castle Public Library

   376 South 15th Street

   New Castle, IN 47362

• Scottsburg – October 8  AGENDA   

   Mid America Science Park

   821 S Lake Road South

   Scottsburg, IN 47170    

• Bloomington – October 10  AGENDA

   Chapman’s Restaurant and Event Center

   4506 E Third Street

   Bloomington, IN 47401

• Jasper – October 14  AGENDA

   Klub Haus 61

   2031 Newton Street

   Jasper, IN 47546             

• Kendallville – October 23  AGENDA 

   Cobblestone Golf Course

   2702 Cobblestone Lane

   Kendallville, IN 46755

• Crawfordsville – October 28   

   Crawfordsville Country Club

   3272 W Country Club Road

   Crawfordsville, IN 47933

• Peru – October 30

   The Old Firehouse

   12 North Miami Street

   Peru, IN 46970

The OCRA Regional Conferences are one day events with registration beginning at 8:30 AM local time and concluding at 4:30 PM local time.  Lt. Governor Ellspermann will keynote each event.        


Keynote Presentations from: 

Lt Governor Sue Ellspermann and Eric Doden, Indiana Economic Development Corporation President

And Presentations from:

Dick Heupel, Director Economic & Community Development, Ball State Building Better Communities 

Michael Hicks, Director Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University

Sharon Canaday, Associate Director, Economic & Community Development, Ball State Building Better Communities 

Bo Beaulieu, Director Purdue Center for Regional Development

Michael Wilcox, Assistant Program Leader, Economic & Community Development, Purdue Extension 

Scott Hutcheson, Senior Associate, Economic Development & Business Growth Strategist, Purdue University

   *presenters will vary based on location

Be the first to learn about two brand new community economic development tools created exclusively for Indiana’s smaller communities and how you can apply to participate in them.  Presenting and answering questions about the programs and how to apply for them will include OCRA and its partners from the Purdue Center for Regional Development, Ball State’s Building Better Communities, and Center for Business and Economic Research. 

Hometown Collaboration Initiative is an organizational program for communities that are serious about expanding their leadership and civic engagement pipelines, embracing new strategies for more vibrant local economies, and new avenues to leverage the built and natural resources unique to that place. This program provides communities with access to world-class thought-leadership and expert coaching on the ground. 

Community Readiness Initiative is a state of art economic development assessment and strategic planning tool.  Cities and towns are able to access a wealth of economic data and analysis and compare that data with existing local planning.  The CRI then engages in community conversation about the local economy so that they can move from the process with a solid data proven economic development strategy.

Learn about:
• Stellar Communities
• Shovel Ready Certification for economic development
• Indiana Main Street organization and best practices
• Community Entrepreneurship program offered by OCRA and the Office of Small Business and Engagement
• Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay – 92 counties, 2,400 miles, six weeks, from our first state capitol building to an everlasting flame to celebrate our history and ignite our future. 

Also learn about these and more funding resources:
Place Based Investment Fund *** Downtown Enhancement Grant *** Main Street Revitalization Program *** Small Cities and Towns Community Development Block Grant

Cost: $40 (includes lunch)

Presentations will be online on October 31, 2014.