Madison Named A Stellar Community
By Mike Perleberg
Madison, Indiana has been named a designee of the 2017 Stellar Community Designation Program. Photo by Rdikeman, Wikipedia.
(Madison, Ind.) – The City of Madison has won the coveted designation of being a Stellar Community.
Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch announced Wednesday that Madison and Culver, which is located in northern Indiana, were the two communities to receive the 2017 Stellar Communites designation. They were chosen from among six finalist cities.
“The hard work, dedication, and passion the six finalist communities demonstrated throughout this process was clearly seen firsthand by the Stellar team during the site visits.” said Crouch. “Each community demonstrated their capacity to strengthen local and regional partnerships in reaching transformative outcomes in their respective communities.”
Started in 2011, the program is a multi-agency partnership designed to recognize Indiana’s smaller communities that have identified comprehensive community and economic development projects and activities as well as next steps and key partnerships.
Competing cities submitted strategic investment plans detailing the projects, partnerships and proposed sources of funding based on feedback and input from the local community. The next step was the site visits which were conducted by the Stellar Team, comprised of staff representing various state agencies.
Madison’s strategic investment plan submitted for the Stellar Communities program includes the Madison Connector, a bike and pedestrian trail connecting Madison destinations. Other plans include adaptive re-use of historic buildings, creation of a mixed-use facility in a former cotton mill, improvement of a riverfront park, overhauling the community gateways, and neighborhood revitalization.
On October 25th, a “Stellarbration” hosted by Lt. Governor Crouch, will be held at the Indiana Statehouse to celebrate the 2017 designees. The event will include presentations from Madison and Culver.
The Lt. Governor and state team members will also travel to Madison on November 15 to participate in local Stellarbrations with the local community members.