The Stellar Communities program is a groundbreaking collaboration initiated by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. It allows communities to plan for the long-term and enables state agencies to communicate better, collaborate effectively and invest strategically.

Stellar Communities involves multiple state agencies – theOffice of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, and the State Revolving Fund—to help fund communities’ strategic plans.

Using existing federal funds, the State of Indiana is contributing $19 million over three years to projects in Greencastle. The community will provide matching funds.

Competition was strong for the Stellar Communities program. Forty two communities applied, and after a rigorous review process, Greencastle was one of two pilot cities selected as a Stellar Community in March 2011.

Photo with four people posing including Sue Murray and Brian Casey

Pictured from left to right: David Terrell, deputy chief of staff to Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and executive director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs; Lt. Governor Becky Skillman; Mayor Sue Murray and DePauw University President Brian Casey pause for a photo during the Stellar Communities announcement in Greencastle. (Photo credit: DePauw University)

We believe that much of the future of our nation will be imagined and nurtured in new creative communities, especially those that promise to connect the wonder of education and discovery in a close-knit community.