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.
Bedford'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.
Bedford completed Stage 1. Initial Planning and is currently in Stage 2. Transitional Stage and beginning Stage 3. Implementation. The transitional stage involves executing design and environmental assessments while the final stage entails project construction. For instance, in the summer of 2014, one of Bedford's Stellar Communities projects, Stonecutter's Place had its groundbreaking ceremony and is now under construction.
Source: Bedford, Indiana - An Indiana Stellar Community Facebook Page available online at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.619560141414458.1073741830.543721298998343&; Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, 2015.
The research is following Bedford’s efforts as it shifts from planning toward implementation and construction in 2015. Research results are forthcoming.
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