Lt. Governor Crouch Announces Place Based Investment Fund Awards 

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has announced the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) and Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) have awarded six communities a grant for quality of place initiatives through the Place Based Investment Fund (PBIF).

The Cities of Greencastle, Tell City, Rockport, and Jeffersonville will each receive grant funds of $50,000 with the City of Shelbyville and Town of Warren receiving $21,200 and $28,800, respectively, to fund public venues and other quality of place projects.

“The Placed Based Investment Fund is a way for the State to come alongside communities working to create and maintain diverse partnerships that help make quality of place projects true community-wide investments,” said Lt. Governor Crouch. “Working amongst a strong partnership between organizations, state and local units of government, and citizens, these communities are able to transform spaces into a place where people want to live, work, and invest.”

This is the fifth year for the competitive matching grant program. PBIF is administered as a partnership between OCRA and IOTD. The grant program supports community and economic development projects across the state. Initiatives that promote quality of life, improve tourism experiences, and develop multi-purpose gathering places are specifically targeted for the grant.

“When we focus on making communities great places to live, it in turn makes them great places to visit,” said Mark Newman, IOTD Executive Director. “The assets and amenities funded through this grant program continue to increase the livability of communities across Indiana while bolstering their tourism capacity at the same time.”

“It is imperative to OCRA that communities see the value in collaborative partnerships,” said Jodi Golden, OCRA Executive Director. “These projects are enhancing cities and towns across Indiana with vital placemaking opportunities that will be local and regional assets for many years to come." 

The intended recipients of these grants are performance-based quality of place initiatives that maximize investment and collaboration by local governments, economic development organizations, convention and visitor bureaus, Indiana Main Street organizations, public or private schools, and community foundations. The aim of the program is to provide funding opportunities for unique projects that seek to create jobs and further establish a diverse local, regional, and state economy. For more information visit www.in.gov/ocra/pbif.

City of Jeffersonville: $50,000 - Triangle Play Lot 

The Triangle Play Lot will enhance a blighted area, transforming it as part of an Arts and Cultural District. The project encompasses a 60,000 square feet former used car dealership building. They intend to activate the space, which can provide a multitude of amenities for visitors as well as become a quirky destination in its own right. They will be painting numerous giant sized games such as twister, checkers, tic tac toe, and a labyrinth. There will also be a large snake painted with ABC’s and 123’s for learning activities. The lot will also include double swinging benches, numerous umbrellas and shade sails, as well as an extra-long community table for multiple visitors to sit at and play games, have lunch, and many other activities. There will also be amenities such as trash receptacles, electrical outlets, and greenspace that will be created in the south east corner of the lot. The bright, colorful, and funky lot design will be a huge attraction. It will be served by a connector path that links the entire district to the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge and the Ohio River Greenway.  This project is a partnership between the City of Jeffersonville and the Clark-Floyd Tourism Bureau.

Source - Indiana Office of Community & Urban Affairs

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