Building Blocks for Energizing Communities

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COLLABORATE. A key principle of HCI is community-wide collaboration. HCI is unique from other community development programs in that the local Coordinating Team is strategically designed to represent each sector and demographic group in your community.

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LEARN. Throughout HCI, skilled and experienced facilitators and trainers from Purdue University, Ball State University and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will present learning modules that present community development principles in an interactive and engaging learning environment.

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ASSESS. The Foundation Phase focuses on introducing assessment tools to discover your community’s needs and assets. These assessment tools include community-wide surveys, community forums and asset discovery.

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IMPLEMENT. After assessing your community and learning about community development strategies and tools, your team will choose a Building Block targeted to grow your community in either Leadership, Placemaking or Economy.

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SUSTAIN. During the Pathway Phase, your team will execute a Pathway Project designed at creating long-term community changes.

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