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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs

Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs


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.

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).

Since 2010, over 60 Hoosier communities have expressed interest in the program and 21 strategic investment plans have been created.

Questions about the program may be emailed to the Stellar Team:

Stellar Communities Designation Program Information Sheet

2016 Stellar Communities Dates:

January 13th – Webinar - View the webinar presentation here
WHY: To learn more about how the program could help your community develop a strategic plan for future economic success.

April 5th – Finalist Announcement:
 Division 1 Finalists
  City of Rushville  (Rush County)
  City of Shelbyville  (Shelby County)
  City of Warsaw  (Kosciusko County)
Division 2 Finalists
Town of Corydon  (Harrison County)
  Town of Culver  (Marshall County)
  City of Union City  (Randolph

April 21st – Finalist Workshop
Finalists participated in a workshop to learn about next steps and the Strategic Investment Plans (SIPs). 

July 1st – Strategic Investment Plan Due Date
WHAT: Strategic Investment Plans is a document created by finalist communities with aid from a planning grant to show its Stellar vision and proposed projects. Finalist communities are evaluated by the State Team based upon their SIP submission. 

July – Finalist Site Visits
WHAT: The site visit is a critical step in the selection phase where the State Team visits each Finalist community to physically look at the project area, hear about the Finalist Community’s presentation, and to ask questions about the Strategic Investment Plan. The site visit can last up to three hours maximum. 

August – Designee Announcement 
WHAT: Finalist communities will be invited to a ceremony where designees will be announced. Two communities are selected. All finalists are to be commended for taking the initiative to develop a strategic investment plan.