Stellar Communities Designation Program
Launched in 2011, the Stellar Communities Designation Program is a multi-agency partnership designed to recognize Indiana's smaller communities that have identified comprehensive community and economic development projects and activities as well as next steps and key partnerships.
Through annual designation the Stellar Communities Designation Program provides resources for transformative quality of place community improvements by:
- Utilizing previous planning efforts
- Leveraging existing assets
- Fostering regional investments
- Stimulating continued growth for long-term relevance
Stellar Communities was 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).
To date, more than 60 communities have participated in the process; 25 have completed Strategic Investment Plans, and 12 have received the Stellar Communities Designation.
Stellar Communities Designees:
- 2011: Greencastle & North Vernon
- 2012: Delphi & Princeton
- 2013: Bedford & Richmond
- 2014: Huntingburg & Wabash
- 2015: D1 - Crawfordsville & D2 - North Liberty
- 2016: D1 - Corydon & D2 - Rushville
The Sagamore Institute has been engaged to investigate and provide an ongoing report on the lessons learned and successes of this program. Their reports can be found at www.stellarindiana.org.
Questions about the program may be emailed to the Stellar Team: StellarCommunities@ocra.in.gov.
2/16/17 Stellar Webinar
4/28/17 Stellar LOI's Due
5/24/17 Stellar Finalists Announced
6/14/17 Stellar Finalist Workshop
8/25/17 Stellar SIP's Due
9/19/17 Stellar Site Visit
9/21/17 Stellar Site Visit
9/27/17 Stellar Site Visit
9/29/17 Stellar Site Visit
10/3/17 Stellar Site Visit
10/5/17 Stellar Site Visit
10/18/17 Stellar Designees Announced
10/25/17 Stellar Celebration
11/8/17 Stellarbration Division II
11/15/17 Stellarbration Division I
11/28/17 Stellar Kick Off Meeting
11/29/17 Stellar Kick Off Meeting