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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Crawford County’s Hometown Collaboration Team Wants Your Opinion!

Posted July 12, 2017

Crawford County (July 3, 2017) — A new survey is being circulated throughout Crawford County and members of the community are being encouraged to provide their honest feedback. The survey is being conducted by Crawford County’s Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) Team to help our team…

Community Rolls Out Small Business and Entrepreneurial Website

Posted July 11, 2017

“Small Business Starts Here” – RushCountyBiz.com That’s the message that Rushville and Rush County are championing with the launching of the community’s own entrepreneurial website. Over fifty community members gathered on Wednesday when the Hometown Collaboration Community (HCI) team hosted an official launch party for…

HCI Spencer County


The Spencer County HCI group is preparing their Capstone Application for rebuilding their local food system. The group had some good discussions during the meeting on Tuesday June 20, 2017, and distributed project ideas to the Coordinating Team to hone in on the project foundation.…

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