Primacy of Place: Community Spotlight






Building Better Communities will be periodically recognizing deserving Indiana communities who are making amazing strides in placemaking efforts.  Check back often!

April Spotlight Community:

Bloomington (80,405) organized a technology partnership that included a website with resources for tech companies and tech workers. It features a job board, company profiles, an events page, a blog, and Twitter feeds from local tech leaders seeking to attract and retain technology talent. 

March Spotlight Community:

Montezuma (1,022) created a park board and developed a five-year master plan with a climbing wall, walking trail, a new boys baseball diamond and more. Volunteers did much of the work and arranged fundraising events. It seeks to further embrace and embody its family-based values systems. 

February Spotlight Community:

Lafayette/West Lafayette (96,736) embarked on an aggressive comprehensive plan to make Greater Lafayette a community of choice. The two cities, Tippecanoe County, and Purdue University, working through the Quality of Life Council, all embrace the plan. Its primary purpose is to retain more of the talent that now passes through the community. 

January Spotlight Community:

Union City (3,584) is revitalizing its downtown consistent with “Livable Communities” principles. It has acquired blighted buildings for resale/reuse seeking to create new living spaces downtown. It completed a streetscape project, planted trees, developed arts spaces, and created safety zones.

December Spotlight Community:

Jeffersonville (44,953) is working to improve quality of life for residents and create a sense of place in its downtown. The city is working on a number of projects to achieve this including: the creation of an arts and cultural district; the conversion of a former railroad bridge into a pedestrian and bicycle transportation corridor connecting Jeffersonville and Louisville, Ky.; an increase in health and wellness programs including new bike trails, and fitness programs on the river; and a vastly improved marina on the Ohio River which serves as a gateway to the city.

November Spotlight Community:

Noblesville (51,969) began a visioning process in 1993 that continues to shape the community today. It is built on four pillars: education, environment, growth, and people. The community embraces its historic character and commits to excellence in all municipal services for residents and businesses.

October Spotlight Communities:

Shelbyville (19,191) created an education to industry initiative. The purpose is to build a bridge between local high schools and industries through partnerships with the City of Shelbyville, Shelby County, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The desired outcome is to develop and retain talent to incubate and capture local technology and industry entrepreneurship opportunities.  
Clinton (4,893) is converting two abandoned properties into 60 upscale garden apartments this year, funded by private investment. The city expects the project to entice additional investment and to help retain local residents and attract new talent.

Is your community doing something exciting to improve quality of life for residents and attract talent?  Let us know about your Primacy of Place efforts or send us a Tweet:@BallStatePoP