Stage 1. Initial Planning.
The first year of the program consists of project planning, property acquisition, procurement, grant and contract approvals by all three state agencies, as well as starting project design.
Stage 2. Transitional: Planning to Implementation.
The second year of ISCP entails executing design and environmental assessments. This involves communities shifting from planning into implementation of projects in the target areas.
Stage 3. Implementation and Continuum of Support.
The third year and final stage of the program consists of full implementation and construction of improvement projects in target areas.
North Liberty's Planning & Implementation
After a community is awarded the Stellar designation, it enters into the next phase of the process. This phase consists of three stages from initial planning toward implementation in a three-year timeframe.
North Liberty is currently in Stage 1: Initial Planning, and is currently developing plans and procurement procedures. After finishing this stage, the town will enter Stage 2: Transitional Stage and then Stage 3: Implementation and Continuum of Support.
In the early part of 2016, the town was still in the process of determining the best route for the Potato Creek Trail but had commenced contracts and studies to go forth with the project.
North Liberty is also working with Walkerton to produce the Southwest St. Joseph County Initiative to positively recruit families and market the towns to businesses. The two towns share the John Glenn School Corporation.
Source: Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, 2016.
The research is following North Liberty's efforts as it shifts from planning toward implementation and construction in 2016. Research results are forthcoming.