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Published on Dec 4, 2015
"It is with great pleasure that I share the exciting news that the City of Auburn, Orange County, Spencer County and Vermillion County have been selected to participate in the next round of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative with our Office of Community and Rural Affairs and their partners at Purdue and Ball State Universities. As Indiana's Lieutenant Governor, I serve as the Secretary of Rural Development and as a resident of a small community of 2,200 I’m a strong advocate for economic growth in our rural communities. We know that our rural communities, in fact, play a vital role in Indiana’s economy and I commend each of the selected teams for your working together to develop a strong local vision for the future. It is through programs like HCI that we are able to foster a culture that supports capacity building, collaborative partnerships, business growth, and provides a quality of place where people want to invest, live, work and raise a family. I am confident that participating in HCI will further assist in developing the next generation of leaders and to strengthen the fabric of our hometowns to ensure Hoosier communities are relevant and thriving in the 21st century. Congratulations again to each of the four HCI finalists. I look forward to witnessing your local progress throughout the process and I hope to join you in celebrating your successes in the near future.” – Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann