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Warren receives $28,800 through PBIF

Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017

Source: Office of Rural and Community Affairs (OCRA)

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has announced the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) and Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) have awarded six communities a grant for quality of place initiatives through the Place Based Investment Fund (PBIF).

The Cities of Greencastle, Tell City, Rockport, and Jeffersonville will each receive grant funds of $50,000 with the City of Shelbyville and Town of Warren receiving $21,200 and $28,800, respectively, to fund public venues and other quality of place projects.

Jeff and Becky Souder, owners of the East of Chicago Pizza in Warren completed the grant. Warren plans to use the money from the grant for a project to implement a new park space into Warren’s downtown where two abandoned houses once stood. The project consists of creating a gathering space and a location to hold a variety of events (such as concerts, farmers’ markets, and youth group meetings). This phase includes constructing a stage to host concerts and other events at the park. The park will also allow the Town of Warren to host additional events that were previously unavailable, to draw in additional tourism. This project is a partnership between Historic Warren, Inc., the Warren Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Warren.

“The Placed Based Investment Fund is another way for the State to come alongside communities working to create and maintain diverse partnerships that helps to make quality of place projects true community-wide investments,” said Lt. Governor Crouch. “Working alongside a strong partnership between organizations, state and local units of government, and citizens, these communities are able to transform spaces into a place where people want to live, work, and invest.”

This is the fifth year for the competitive matching grant program. PBIF is administered as a partnership between OCRA and IOTD. The grant program supports community and economic development projects across the state. Initiatives that promote quality of life, improve tourism experiences, and develop multi-purpose gathering places are specifically targeted for the grant.

“When we focus on making communities great places to live, it in turn makes them great places to visit,” said Mark Newman, IOTD executive director. “The assets and amenities funded through this grant program continue to increase the livability of communities across Indiana while bolstering their tourism capacity at the same time.”

“It is imperative to OCRA that communities see the value in collaborative partnerships,” said Jodi Golden, OCRA executive director. “These projects are enhancing cities and towns across Indiana with vital place-making opportunities that will be local and regional assets for many years to come.”

The intended recipients of these grants are performance-based quality of place initiatives that maximize investment and collaboration by local governments, economic development organizations, convention and visitor bureaus, Indiana Main Street organizations, public or private schools, and community foundations. The aim of the program is to provide funding opportunities for unique projects that seek to create jobs and further establish a diverse local, regional, and state economy. For more information on the PFIF funds, visit www.in.gov/ocra/pbif.