What is the Stellar Communities Program?
“The Stellar Communities program is a multi-agency partnership designed to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana’s smaller communities. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Indiana Department of Transportation are participating in this innovative program.
Stellar Communities has been recognized nationally as a premier community development program when it received the 2012 President’s Award for Innovation from the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA).” Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs
For more information, please visit Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA) OR Sagamore Research Project.
What is the Strategic Investment Plan 2014-2018?
The Wabash, Indiana Strategic Investment Plan 2014-2018 (SIP 2014) is a 4-year strategic plan defining a vision, a set of goals, and projects. The projects were defined and selected over a multiple-year process with input from many community members and community leaders. Previous planning efforts that contributed to the development of the through the development of the SIP 2014 include 2013 Economic Development Plan, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Vision 20/20 Plan – Vision for Northeast Indiana, Honeywell Center Economic Impact Study (2010), City of Wabash Park and Recreation master Plan 2010-2014 (Hard copy on file at City), Eagles Theatre Study (April 2013), Wabash Trail System Master Plan & Feasibility Study (2005) (Hard copy on file at City), Wabash Strategic Investment Plan 2013-2018 (SIP 2013), Wabash Marketplace, Inc. Public Art Master Plan (2013), Wabash ADA Transition Plan (2012) (Hard copy on file at City), Capital Improvement Plan, 2006-2012, and Design Guidelines for Downtown Wabash Local Historic District (2009).
Who is the Stellar Communities Agency Team?
This includes representation from Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), Indiana Housing and Community Affairs (IHCDA), and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). Stellar Communities is a program of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and has involvement from Sue Ellspermann and her staff as well.
Who is currently or was at key points on the Wabash Stellar Steering Committee?
Mayor Scott Long
Keith Gillenwater, Economic Development Group of Wabash County
Abby Hoy, Economic Development Group of Wabash County
Wendy Frazier, City Clerk Treasurer
Scott Richardson, Street Department (ERC)
Tyler Niccum, Street Department (ERC)
Steve Downs, Wabash Marketplace, Inc.
Shelby McLaughlin, Wabash Marketplace, Inc.
Jason Callahan, Wabash City Schools/President Wabash Marketplace, Inc.
Tod Minnich, The Honeywell Foundation
Christine Flohr, Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Kim Pinkerton, Chamber of Commerce
Clint Kugler, Wabash County YMCA
Mitch Figert, Wabash County Historical Museum
Parker Beauchamp, INGUARD
Lisa Gilman, Redemption Development
Wade Weaver, 105.9 The Bash, Special Master of Ceremonies for 2014 Site Visit
Patrick Sullivan, through February 2014 as part of Wabash Marketplace, Inc.
Bill Konyha, through December 2014 as part of Economic Development Group of Wabash County
Mayor Robert E. Vanlandingham, through December 2015 as Mayor of City of Wabash
Douglas Lehman, Esq., RDC Attorney, City Attorney through December 2015
Todd Titus, Board of Works, City of Wabash Parks Department through December 2015
What are the next steps?
The next steps for Wabash will be to implement projects with available funding sources. See project pages and quarterly reports for next steps for each project.