INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): Wabash and Huntingburg have been named as winners of Indiana's Stellar Community award during the Indiana State Fair's Community Development Day celebration.
The winning communities will receive funding to develop targeted areas of their town.
State Senator Jim Banks, who represents Indiana's 17th District including Wabash, praised leaders who've worked to strengthen Wabash's presence. He added. “The designation is well-deserved.”
The proposal from Wabash plans to connect destinations in the city by enhancing streetscapes, making gateway corridor improvements and extending pedestrian and bicycle connectivity. The city plans to invest in neighborhoods through residential improvements and the expansion of downtown housing opportunities. The total cost estimate for their strategic investment plan is $28.3 million with a funding gap of $12.7 million.
Decatur was also among the six finalists.
Launched in 2011, Stellar Communities pools funding sources to assist communities in achieving their long-term comprehensive strategic goals for targeted areas of their community.
The program is a collaboration between the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).