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Richmond named 2013 Stellar Community

by Stephanie Wiechmann

June 17, 2013

The city of Richmond has been given an honor by state officials that gives it access to grant money for city projects.  Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann today named two cities – Richmond and Bedford – as 2013 Stellar Communities.  To be given the honor, Richmond submitted a proposal to add senior housing and downtown Wi-Fi access, and improve sidewalks, bike trails, and downtown facades with grant money.  The project is estimated to cost nearly $20 million.

As a Stellar Community, Richmond now has access to grant money to fund the project.  But, funding is not guaranteed.  Both Richmond and Bedford officials will meet with state agencies later this month to discuss available dollars for their projects.

Southern Indiana city North Vernon was one of the first Stellar Communities named in 2011. The city received nearly $14 million in grants to fund its proposed projects within a three-year timeline.  Officials say North Vernon will also spend $2.5 million in city funds.