The City of Rushville hosted the Indiana Stellar Communities Selection Committee for a site visit Tuesday. The Committee was comprised of 18 state officials representing 11 partner agencies. The agency members invested three hours in Rushville, listening to a formal presentation by the City’s Stellar Team at the 201 Building and took a tour of our community. While touring the community, the state representatives received specific details regarding the seven projects that were highlighted in the City’s Strategic Investment Plan that was submitted to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) on July 1.
Now the suspense begins. After months of planning and preparation, Shelbyville city officials have made their first-hand pitch to representatives from the state's Stellar Communities program. A group from the Stellar program toured downtown Shelbyville Tuesday to see and hear on-site about the city's plans to redevelop the downtown, improve the quality of life and spur economic growth and prosperity in the community.
Rushville’s Road to Stellar has been an exciting, educational journey. We hope you have had an opportunity to learn about the city’s pursuit of a Stellar Communities Designation through the Stellar article series the past several weeks here in the Rushville Republican. Our thanks to the newspaper staff for partnering with us on this special series.
As the saying goes, what gets measured gets done. This phrase means regular measurement and reporting keeps one focused because the information is used to make decisions to improve results. While the phrase is most often used in business settings, it rings true for Rushville’s pursuit of becoming a Stellar Communities Designee.
Re-imagining a Stellar Rushville led to re-investing in the community in a variety of ways by a significant number of individuals and groups. Those two major steps led to the third prong of Rushville’s pursuit of a Stellar Communities Designation: Re-Discover Rushville and all it has to offer.
Stellar projects are going to change the look of Crawfordsville within the next few years. But what will it look like in 2036? Planning and Community Development Director Brandy Allen is already working on that. During Wednesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, a contract between the city and Ratio Architects was approved for the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Update.