Building Blocks for Energizing Communities

Discover current HCI communities, learn how to apply and browse the blog for news and events.

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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 Capstone Phase, your team will execute a Capstone 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

WLFI News Features Logansport’s HCI Activities

Posted December 2, 2016

  On November 28, WLFI, Local News Channel 18, featured the story, Logansport leaders work to boost community progress.   The story highlighted a key goal of the local HCI team, which is to share the story of the community's rich history and local assets.  The article…

Vermillion County Business Representatives Discuss Entrepreneurship with HCI

Posted November 21, 2016

Five panelists sat with excitement to share their stories about growth and expansion in Vermillion County. Clark Chevrolet, Brooke’s Candy, Mike’s Motors and Valley Professional Health Care representatives all had unique perspectives and stories to tell to the HCI team about workforce development, operating a…

Vermillion County Determines their Next Step

Posted November 12, 2016

TJ Haase Winery’s parking lot filled with cars on the evening of November 10 in Fairview Park in Vermillion County. The neighborhood may have wondered what the special occasion was in Vermillion County, but to the members of HCI the answer was easy. It was…

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