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5/12/2017 - Greensburg moving forward seeking stellar designation
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Building on broad-based community input, the City of Greensburg has filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to become a Stellar Designated community. The Stellar Designation is a multi-agency process that recognizes smaller Indiana communities that have identified key partnerships, and the next steps, in comprehensive community and economic development projects. Two communities are chosen each year; one over 6,000 in population and one under.
To improve their effectiveness and collaboration, five key-community organizations, including the Decatur County Community Foundation, Economic Development Corporation of Greensburg/Decatur County, Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Greensburg, and Visit Decatur County funded the community visioning effort. It began in June of 2016, and was facilitated by David Fry of Effective Advancement Strategies. Those same groups composed the core Stellar group and have been working to assemble the LOI.
Obtaining the report on the dreams and interests of the community was a key step in this citizen driven process, said Mayor Dan Manus. Weve been using this important community feedback to guide decisions on potential Stellar projects and improve the quality of life for our current and future residents. They should know that were committed to pursuing the vision and their dreams regardless of the Stellar LOI outcome.
One of the recurring themes of the Vision Plan was for Greensburg to capitalize on its centralized location in Southeastern Indiana and that is reinforced in the Stellar LOI. Residents saw the potential for developing amenities that can benefit from the 1.7 million people within a 50-mile radius and 266,749 persons within 30 miles. The plan and Stellar LOI also calls for development of a Cultural Corridor, with an event center, multi-use paths, completion of the historic downtown streetscapes, creation of family fun zones, more attractive gateways, park improvements, an outdoor amphitheater and development of additional housing stock.
According to Mayor Manus, the final Letter of Intent was submitted in late April, a few days before the deadline, making it one of the first in the State to be submitted. The next step will be for the State to identify the three Stellar finalists in each division. The finalists will be made public in an announcement on May 24, and funding will be provided to develop a Strategic Investment Plan surrounding Stellar projects. Residents can follow the Stellar progress on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mygreensburg or at www.mygreensburg.org.
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