Crouch, OCRA kick off regional conferences

INDIANAPOLIS (May 9, 2019) – Today, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs kicked off a series of six regional conferences in Madison, Ind.

“By encouraging communities to join their neighboring regions, we are furthering the message that working collaboratively is the best practice to enhance the entire state,” Crouch said. “By visiting Madison, Huntingburg, Fair Oaks, Knightstown, Angola and Greencastle, we are ensuring we hit every corner of the state. I look forward to meeting with individuals in these areas and discussing how we can work together to bring Indiana to the Next Level.”

The agenda includes presentations on various ways communities can utilize OCRA and other state agencies like the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. These departments, as well as the director of broadband opportunities, will share how cities and towns in Indiana can increase the quality of life in their communities with state assistance.

“These conferences are opportunities to network with the stakeholders and communities we serve,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “Sharing best practices and new resources is vital to creating a vibrant, rural Indiana.”

The conferences will provide information, resources and networking opportunities to local elected officials, Main Street organization staff, local and regional economic development officials, community foundation staff, convention and visitor’s bureau staff and educators.

For more information and to register, visit

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