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The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs works with Indiana communities to build relevant and economically thriving places where people want to live, work and grow.


The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs works with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. 

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We are hiring! 

OCRA offers exciting, challenging and rewarding careers for professionals looking to serve rural Indiana communities. Would you like to join our team? We are currently hiring a Southwest Community Liaison. As a CL, you act as the front door to state government to communities in your assigned region and their leadership. You provide neutral facilitation services for fact-finding, asset mapping, and problem solving to communities and appropriate organizations. You also identify, link and convene local and regional groups with common missions and interests to achieve goals and enhance the quality of life for their citizens. This position serves the following counties: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Harrison, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Pike, Perry, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick. The position will travel throughout the assigned region, and state, with a provided vehicle.

Click the following link to learn more about the position, benefits and to apply: http://bit.ly/2YQlG9i


The Historic Renovation Grant Program is open to for applications and will be accepted until all funding is awarded. During the 2019 legislative session the Indiana General Assembly passed three enhancements to the program. Check out the HRGP page for more information. 

Have you heard about OCRA’s new Peer program? Partnered communities will gather best practices and tools to help achieve their community’s vision. Community development and quality of place programming will be the focus. Apply to be a mentor or host community by Aug. 16. For more information and to apply, click here.

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