Madison, Culver named 2017 Stellar Communities designees

Thursday, October 19, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – The City of Madison and the Town of Culver are the 2017 Designees of the Stellar Communities Designation Program (SCDP).

Between May and October, representatives from the SCDP State Team visited all six finalist communities where they heard highlights from each local team as well as toured project locations from their local Strategic Investment Plans (SIP).

“The hard work, dedication, and passion the six finalist communities demonstrated throughout this process was clearly seen firsthand by the Stellar team during the site visits,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said. “Each community demonstrated their capacity to strengthen local and regional partnerships in reaching transformative outcomes in their respective communities.”

Launched in 2011 when Greencastle and North Vernon were the inaugural Stellar Communities, the SCDP is a multi-agency partnership designed to recognize Indiana’s smaller communities that have identified comprehensive community and economic development projects and activities as well as next steps and key partnerships.

The designations are separated into two divisions based on population size. Division I are communities of a population of 6,000 or more and Division II are smaller cities and towns with populations of fewer than 6,000.

Division I Designee -- City of Madison

Madison’s SIP includes the Madison Connector, a bike and pedestrian trail connecting Madison destinations; adaptive reuse of historic buildings; creation of a mixed-use facility in a former cotton mill; improvement of a riverfront park; over hauling the community gateways and neighborhood revitalization.

Division II Designee -- Town of Culver

Culver’s SIP focuses on creating workforce housing with the Sand Hill Farm Development, expanding the Lake Maxinkuckee bike and pedestrian trail, renovating the local landmark Beach Lodge, and improving the western gateway into Culver to create an appealing multi-modal corridor into the town.

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