Building Blocks for Energizing Communities

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COLLABORATE. A key principle of HCI is community-wide collaboration. HCI is unique from other community development programs in that the local Coordinating Team is strategically designed to represent each sector and demographic group in your community.

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LEARN. Throughout HCI, skilled and experienced facilitators and trainers from Purdue University, Ball State University and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will present learning modules that present community development principles in an interactive and engaging learning environment.

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ASSESS. The Foundation Phase focuses on introducing assessment tools to discover your community’s needs and assets. These assessment tools include community-wide surveys, community forums and asset discovery.

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IMPLEMENT. After assessing your community and learning about community development strategies and tools, your team will choose a Building Block targeted to grow your community in either Leadership, Placemaking or Economy.

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SUSTAIN. During the Pathway Phase, your team will execute a Pathway Project designed at creating long-term community changes.

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HCI is Currently Accepting Applications

Great news! HCI has opened applications for Spring 2017. If you are interested in applying your community, follow the link below to find out how.

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Most Recent Posts

Logansport HCI Team Selects Placemaking

Posted March 23, 2017

Logansport's Hometown Collaboration Initiative Team wrapped up the first phase of the program on Wednesday, March 8, with a decision to focus on Placemaking. The team began meeting in the fall and conducted a survey that drew nearly 2,000 responses and organized a community forum…

Vermillion County HCI Chooses Capstone Project

Posted March 9, 2017

Long-time committee members, as well as some new faces, met on March 2 to propel the HCI effort forward. The next step is to choose a Capstone Project that can sustain itself and make an impact on our community. Michael Wilcox, assistant program leader for…

HCI Forum Report Now Available

Posted March 2, 2017

A report on the Logansport Hometown Collaboration Initiative's community forum is now available on the Logansport HCI website! The forum was held Jan. 24, 2017 in the Logansport High School cafeteria. About 100 community members participated. The purpose of the forum was to seek thoughts…

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