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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Most Recent Posts

Auburn HCI Local Food Summit

Posted May 7, 2017

The Auburn HCI Core Team is hosting a Local Food Summit as part of the Purdue Extension Rebuilding Your Local Food System program When: Monday 15 May 2017, 3-8 pm Where: DeKalb County 4H Exhibit Hall at the Fairgrounds Click here to register. What: Community…

Auburn HCI Chooses to Focus on Local Foods

Posted March 30, 2017

In late January, 2017, the Auburn HCI Team came together to choose their Program Track. At a previous meeting, the team had narrowed it down to two choices—Rebuilding the Local Foods System or Wayfinding/Gateways. The team discussed the merits of both Program Tracks. They discussed…

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…

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