The following cities/towns are locations and community partners:
These cities/towns were selected for designation by considering a number of criteria related to their ability to demonstrate visible impact to citizens and surrounding regions, ability to attract future economic investment, to leverage existing community assets, significant local and regional impact, and local support and participation in the SCDP Initiative.
The cities and towns designated to participate in the SCDP share similarities and differences along a number of dimensions, including community and market conditions, demographics, social and economic circumstances of residents, social capital stock, and organizational capacity. The analysis here focuses primarily on SCDP related efforts of Indiana Housing Community Development Authority, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Department of Transportation, other state agency, and convening community partner organizations in designated communities between 2011 and 2016. The following analysis provides a description of the setting (i.e., the community context) for each city, including a historical overview and evidence of rural decline. It illustrates the SCDP process in for each community partner. This study is conducted as an on-going, in-progress analysis of the impact of Indiana’s Stellar Communities Designation Program. This analysis is only a snapshot in time.