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 Fall 2016. If you are interested in applying your community, follow the link below to find out how.

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Most Recent Posts

Now Accepting Applications for Generation 5 of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative

Posted February 7, 2017

Indianapolis – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced they are now accepting applications for Generation 5 of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI). Communities (or counties) with a population of 25,000 or less that wish to: (1) promote the launch, survival and…

Picking Perry County: A Hometown Collaboration Initiative Success Story

Posted February 2, 2017

Tell City, Indiana, in Perry County sits by the Ohio River, 179 miles away from Indianapolis. However, after a project with the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI), Perry County is just one click from anywhere in the world. HCI targets Indiana communities that are committed to…

Community Forum Sparks Hope in Logansport

Posted January 31, 2017

"After this meeting, we have hope." That was the sentiment expressed by one table of participants at Logansport's Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) community forum on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. More than 100 local residents turned out to share their thoughts. The event was held at…

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