A letter of interest was submitted in late April detailing the community’s desire and preparation for the Stellar Communities designation. A Strategic Investment Plan was submitted in August 2017 which included the types of projects that Madison hopes to accomplish over the course of a Stellar Communities designation, and potential costs and funding sources. Madison’s project proposals center around the Comprehensive Plan theme of “One Madison,” with projects throughout the City on the hilltop and downtown. Madison was named as the Division I Stellar Community Designee in October 2017.

  • What is the Stellar Communities Designation?
    • The Stellar Communities program, launched in 2011, is a multi-agency partnerships designed to recognize Indiana’s smaller communities that have identified comprehensive community / economic development projects and activities as well as next steps and key partnerships. Participating funding agencies include; the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), and Indiana Housing and Community Development Association (IHCDA).

  • What kind of projects will Stellar help accomplish?
    • Stellar projects are normally related to infrastructure, such as roads, parks, utilities, downtown redevelopment, housing rehabilitation and new housing projects, as well as streetscape improvements. In Madison, our community helped leaders identify the most important infrastructure projects through open houses and public input surveys at various stages over the last few years. Many of these projects have been desired by the community for some time, but due to financial or development difficulties, they need an extra “push” that Stellar will help provide.

  • Is this a grant program?
    • Stellar Communities is not a grant program. Communities are designated as a Stellar Community and then engage the state agencies to gain access to funds of varying types including grants, loans and tax credits.

  • Who are the partner agencies from the state?
    • Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)

      • As part of the Indiana Stellar Communities Program, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority focuses on implementing housing-related initiatives to meet its organizational strategic priorities of: (1) developing activities that promote aging in place; (2) encouraging individual self-sufficiency; (3) supporting high-performance building; and (4) striving to end homelessness.  

    •  Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)

      • OCRA’s primary objectives within the Indiana Stellar Communities Program are to encourage implementation of those development strategies that adhere to its organizational mission of: (1) promoting community prosperity; (2) strengthening the local and state economy; and (3) providing capacity-building solutions to ensure rural communities are ready, marketable, and competitive for economic growth.

    • Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)

      • The Indiana Department of Transportation plans, builds, maintains, and operates the state’s transportation system. Its core mission is to enhance safety, mobility, and economic growth. The Local Public Agency - Metropolitan Planning Organization (LPA-MPO) Section oversees the Indiana Stellar Communities Program for the Department of Transportation as part of its mission to assist local governments with transportation-related projects.

  • What resources do non-funding partner agencies provide?
    • Technical Assistance

      • Healthy Policies and Practices

      • Business Consulting and Entrepreneurship-Support

      • Volunteerism and Service

      • Historic Structure Management and Outdoor Recreation Community Planning

      • Financial and Brownfield Counseling

      • Asset Development, Strategic Planning, and Destination Marketing

    • Non-funding partner agencies

      • Indiana Office of Tourism Development

      • Department of Natural Resources

      • Indiana Finance Authority

      • Indiana State Department of Health

      • Serve Indiana

      • Indiana Arts Commission

      • Indiana Bond Bank


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