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Gosport- A Town in the Midst of Big Projects
Gosport resides in Owen County, alongside the West Fork of the White River. The town of Gosport has a rich history—it is the only town along the 10 o’clock line, a boundary line created by the United States and the Miami Native Americans. The community is proud of its heritage, yet understands continued development is key to maintain thriving town life. A grocery store, dentist's office, doctor’s office, hardware, and diner are located in the downtown area. Gosport has successfully kept its downtown thriving, which is an for a town of its size. John King, an active Indiana Main Street member, states “Gosport needs to move forward, you can’t stay with what you have.” By reaching out to OCRA, the town of Gosport has jumped in headfirst in its process of moving forward. The town’s Indiana Main Street group, named the Gosport Business Association, realized the need for a downtown facelift, so it applied to OCRA and received a Community Focus Fund planning grant in 2008. The plan includes ideas, cost estimates, and a timeline for new sidewalks, lighting, streetscape, and other design elements.

Community
Many community members have banded together to offer ideas for the project. The steering committee worked with not only adults, but also with young people by inviting elementary-aged students and teenagers to committee meetings to voice their ideas for the project. The plan also includes a gateway project that would lead travelers from SR 67 to Gosport's downtown to enjoy a meal at the Gosport Diner, pick up necessities at the grocery store, or take advantage of the Gosport Book Exchange located outside the historic Opera House. Later this year, the town plans to continue its venture for downtown revitalization by applying for the Community Focus Fund construction grant.

Initiatives in the Works
Downtown revitalization is not the sole project the town is undertaking. In 2009, the town applied for a Disaster Recovery grant which will help fund a highly needed storm water project. The town has also received a highly competitive Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) which will fund the purchase and redevelopment of abandoned or foreclosed homes and residential properties.

Gosport is currently embarking on many positive projects. With its downtown revitalization and storm water projects, Gosport is an excellent example of a community that utilizes OCRA and the state as a resource. According to King, OCRA’s programs and staff “have been a great asset to Gosport.” The town has taken advantage of many opportunities for economic and community development. Its residents, local officials, Gosport Business Association, and many other organizations will undoubtedly find continued success, challenges, and celebration as they work into the future.

For more information about OCRA and Gosport, please visit
http://www.in.gov/ocra/2452.htm and http://www.in.gov/ocra/2444.htm