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RDA approves funding for Little River Trail

Posted: Friday, August 19, 2016

The Board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) met Tuesday, August 16 at the Huntington City-Township Public Library to consider a request for Regional Cities Initiative funding for a project submitted by the City of Huntington. The board voted to support the Little River Trail project with a grant of $255,748, which represents 20 percent of the $1.053 million of the project’s total cost.

Details about the project include: Construction of 4,124 feet or .78 miles of multi-use trails; streetscape improvements along Riverside Drive; wayfinding signage; a pavilion and resting node near the Erie Rail Trail Bridge; and other trail amenities.

The board’s recommendation now goes to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) for review and final approval of the funding request.

The RDA is responsible for disbursement of the $42 million in funding granted to the region through the Regional Cities Initiative established last year.

The purpose of the Regional Cities Initiative funding is to attract and retain talent by providing financial support for game-changing quality of place projects that will increase economic growth, lead to population growth, and enhance the region’s national brand identity. Northeast Indiana won the Regional Cities grant last year with its Road to One Million plan that outlines more than 70 projects and $1.5 billion in investment over the next 10 years.

“From growing our region’s downtowns to connecting our trails, the Little River Trail project is a creative example of the region’s progressive leadership on the Road to One Million. We are building a region of one million people and it takes inventive projects like this one to get us there by 2031,” said Jeff Turner, RDA board chairman, and senior vice president of Metal Technologies.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, which helped lead the effort to secure the Regional Cities Initiative funding, also provides staffing support to the RDA.

“The Little River Trail project is a centerpiece for downtown Huntington as it will connect three counties along the Wabash River. It’s a critical project that connects the charming downtown to the expansive regional trail network. The RDA’s approval of funding is a progressive step to building a strong, healthy and connected Northeast Indiana,” said Michael Galbraith, director of the Road to One Million.