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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs

OCRA > OCRA Regional Conferences 2014 OCRA Regional Conferences 2014

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is hosting eight regional conferences in the month of October.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about and work with OCRA to launch new initiatives for your community. Choose the most convenient location for you!
Encouraged to attend are civic volunteers, mayors, council-members, county officials, members of the Indiana General Assembly, Main Street organizations, local and regional economic development officials (LEDOs), community foundation staff, convention and visitors bureau staff, educators, and youth program coordinators. In short:   Anyone who is interested in learning more about OCRA service programs and funding should attend.

Multiple Dates and Locations:
• Valparaiso – October 2            • New Castle – October 7
• Scottsburg – October 8            • Bloomington – October 10
• Jasper – October 14                • Kendallville – October 23
• Crawfordsville – October 28    • Peru – October 30

The OCRA Regional Conferences are one day events with registration beginning at 8:30 AM local time and concluding at 4:30 PM local time.  Lt. Governor Ellspermann will keynote each event.        


Keynote Presentation at all conferences from: 
Lt Governor Sue Ellspermann
And Presentations from:
Dick Heupel, Director Economic & Community Development, Ball State Building Better Communities 
Michael Hicks, Director Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University
Sharon Canaday, Associate Director, Economic & Community Development, Ball State Building Better Communities 
Bo Beaulieu, Director Purdue Center for Regional Development
Michael Wilcox, Assistant Program Leader, Economic & Community Development, Purdue Extension 
Scott Hutcheson, Senior Associate, Economic Development & Business Growth Strategist, Purdue University
   *presenters will vary based on location

Be the first to learn about two brand new community economic development tools created exclusively for Indiana’s smaller communities and how you can apply to participate in them.  Presenting and answering questions about the programs and how to apply for them will include OCRA and its partners from the Purdue Center for Regional Development, Ball State’s Building Better Communities, and Center for Business and Economic Research. 

Hometown Collaboration Initiative is an organizational program for communities that are serious about expanding their leadership and civic engagement pipelines, embracing new strategies for more vibrant local economies, and new avenues to leverage the built and natural resources unique to that place. This program provides communities with access to world-class thought-leadership and expert coaching on the ground. 

Community Readiness Initiative is a state of art economic development assessment and strategic planning tool.  Cities and towns are able to access a wealth of economic data and analysis and compare that data with existing local planning.  The CRI then engages in community conversation about the local economy so that they can move from the process with a solid data proven economic development strategy.

Learn about:
• Stellar Communities
• Shovel Ready Certification for economic development
• Indiana Main Street organization and best practices
• Community Entrepreneurship program offered by OCRA and the Office of Small Business and Engagement
• Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay – 92 counties, 2,400 miles, six weeks, from our first state capitol building to an everlasting flame to celebrate our history and ignite our future. 

Also learn about these and more funding resources:
Place Based Investment Fund *** Downtown Enhancement Grant *** Main Street Revitalization Program *** Small Cities and Towns Community Development Block Grant

Cost: $40 (includes lunch)