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Nashville is finalist for Stellar Communities award
Updated on: 03.19.14

Nashville is one step closer to receiving millions in state funding.

Today, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann named Nashville to the list of six finalists for the Stellar Communities program.

The other finalists are the cities of Decatur, Huntingburg, Marion, Mount Vernon and Wabash.

Nashville is the smallest community of the six.  

The finalists were selected from 14 applications by the staffs at the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation. 

Each finalist community will receive funds to prepare an in-depth strategic investment plan, and will have a site visit by the selection team.

Two of the finalists will be announced as this year’s Stellar Communities later this summer.

“The Stellar Communities program is an important way to support and encourage rural and smaller communities to create and implement innovative development plans,” Ellspermann said. “Our team looks forward to visiting these communities to learn more about, and see firsthand, how the plans will impact the overall development of these cities and towns.”

Since 2010, six Hoosier communities have been selected from over 60 applicants. These communities receive funding and educational and technical support to make comprehensive economic development plans a reality.

Past awards have ranged from $9.9 to 20 million. To fully implement their plans, communities also have raised or otherwise provided matching funds.

Nashville's projects include repairing water lines, updating the Brown County Courthouse to meet Americans With Disabilities requirements, subsidizing essential repairs to private homes, installing a metal leaf sculpture downtown, finishing the main line of the Salt Creek Trail, improving the look and traffic flow downtown, and redoing the facade on the Brown County Playhouse and producing a play about Brown County there,

Outside of downtown, the application also includes helping to develop a 62-unit retirement apartment complex at the Blue Elk site on State Road 46 East, and building a community activity building and three softball fields at Deer Run Park.

For more information on Stellar Communities, including the comprehensive plans of previously designated cities and towns, visit www.in.gov/ocra/2601.htm.

  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 7
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.