Nine communities have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Primacy of Place Community Awards Program (PoPCAP).    Finalists were honored and winners announced at the Primacy of Place Community Awards Luncheon on August 7th at the Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie.  

PoPCAP winners received an original award designed by artists in Ball State’s Marilyn K Glick Center for Glass, a 30-second promotional video highlighting the winning community’s dedication to primacy of place efforts, and two complimentary tickets to the 2014 Primacy of Place Conference on October 16th in Indianapolis.  

The 2014 PoPCAP finalists are: 

Riverside Park Amphitheater, Rushville (Pop. 6,204): Each summer since 2005, Rushville has offered a free concert series at its Riverside Park Amphitheater, featuring a diverse line-up of local, regional, nation and international performers.  The amphitheater has hosted more than 65,450 concert-goers.

Clearinghouse Project, Madison (Pop. 12,049): More than 100 churches, non-profits and social service organizations have come together to create “the Clearinghouse,” a one-stop service center for southeastern Indiana families in need of services.  The facility includes office space, classroom and multi-purpose rooms, a computer lab and information referral center.  

Downtown + Riverfront Master Plan, Jasper (Pop. 15,309): The Jasper Downtown + Riverfront Master Plan sets forth strategies for redevelopment and reinforces – and celebrates – Jasper’s unique character and inherent strengths.  It builds on the cherished assets of Jasper to attract and keep the next generation of citizens. 

Quality of Life Committee, Perry County  (Pop. 19,558): The Perry County Quality of Life Committee was formed to enhance perceived and actual quality of life for residents and visitors. The committee focuses on walking and biking trails, beautification efforts, shopping and natural highlights, and festivals and special events including a New Year’s Eve celebration “Silvesternacht.”   

The Sports Campus at Grand Park, Westfield (Pop. 33,382): The City hopes to establish a flagship recreational venue, niche industry and economic development anchor for future growth with the completion of the $35 million Sports Campus at Grand Park.  This facility will include 400 acres including 31 soccer/multipurpose fields, 26 baseball/softball diamonds, and 10 miles of interconnected walking trails.  

Big Four Bridge and Big Four Station, Jeffersonville (Pop. 45,929): Jeffersonville has dedicated substantial efforts and resources to open the Big Four Bridge connecting the city to Louisville, KY across the Ohio River for walkers, joggers, and bicyclists.  In addition to downtown revitalization, Jeffersonville will unveil Big Four Station, a new $5 million park at the foot of the bridge, in October 2014. 

MatchBOX Coworking Studio, Lafayette (Pop. 70,373): MatchBOX Coworking Studio is a co-working space in downtown Lafayette for entrepreneurs, strategists and artists interested in starting or growing businesses.  The space, created with help from more than 20 community and corporate partners, offers 24-hour secure access, complimentary refreshments, flexible space, conference rooms, and internet. 

Nickel Plate Arts Initiative, Eastern Hamilton/Southern Tipton Counties  (Approx. Pop. 150,000): Nickel Plate Arts supports, promotes and provides outstanding arts experiences in the six communities along the historic Nickel Plate Railroad. The group works to integrate visual and performing arts, support local professional artists, and connect communities, artists and residents.  

Read to Succeed Program, Greater Lafayette/Tippecanoe County  (Pop. 180,174): Lafayette’s Read to Succeed program motivated hundreds of community volunteers to spend one hour per week in local classrooms helping third grade children develop and enhance essential literacy skills.

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