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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Local communities are ready to growCommunities across 17 regions in Indiana will receive $500 Millio

INDIANA - ( December 17-2021) -

Communities across 17 regions in Indiana will receive $500 million as part of a new, innovative state grant aimed at increasing quality of life and attracting top talent. Locally, the state awarded $20 million to the 180 Alliance and $30 million to the Indiana Uplands. Counties in these regions include Boone, Hendricks, Johnson, Putnam, Montgomery, Morgan, Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington.

This is a great opportunity for our area to work together and invest in the people and businesses that already call Indiana home, while also planning for growth.

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During the 2021 legislative session, I supported making a record investment in these READI grants in order to encourage communities to partner and create a plan for the future. Regional development plans across the state included housing, trails, broadband, childcare and wellness initiatives, workforce development programs, and telling Indiana’s story to the world. The plans enumerated a nearly 10:1 capitalization leverage ratio from private and public sources as compared to the state investment. Click here for a full list of READI award recipients.

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