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Stellar Communities Named for 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced Culver, IN as one of 2017’s new designees for the Stellar Communities program.

Since 2011, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs has supported Indiana’s smaller communities via the Stellar Communities Designation Program. 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

This year, the Division II (for communities with a population of fewer than 6,000 people) designee is Culver, IN. Culver was picked based on their Strategic Investment Plan (SIP), which includes:

  • Creating workforce housing with the Sand Hill Farm Development
  • Expanding the Lake Maxinkuckee bike and pedestrian trail
  • Renovating the local landmark Beach Lodge
  • Improving the western gateway into Culver to create an appealing multi-modal corridor into the town

The Division I winner (for communities with a population over 6,000 people) was Madison, IN. As designees, both towns now become eligible for more state support including both funding and state resources to accomplish their improvement plans.

While these communities begin their projects, one of the communities which received the “Stellar Community” designation back in 2012 is now celebrating. Delphi, IN was designated back in 2012 and has just finished its revitalization project.

The five-year, $23 million revitalization project transformed the city’s downtown into a more welcoming and friendly destination. Changes and improvements included:

  • Improved downtown façades and streetscapes
  • Rehabilitation of owner-occupied buildings
  • Restoration and expansion of the Delphi Opera House
  • Expanded nature trails for the city

According to Delphi mayor Shane Evans, thanks to these projects the city now has a broader reach and he is hopeful the city will capitalize on all the investments through the Stellar project. “It’s a great place to be to be able to look back on the successes of the city of Delphi and to re-imagine what the future can be with the assets that we have right now,” Evans said.

Congratulations to all, and let’s hope that the new designees see similar successes!

For more information on the Stellar Communities program, visit:

Jerry Chavez, President & CEO
Marshall County Economic Development Corporation


Laura Walls, Executive Director
Carroll County Economic Development