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Culver Stellar Community  

The town of Culver has been working towards a Stellar Community disgnation since the adoption of the town's new comprehensive plan in AUgust 2014.

In 2015 a broad committee made up of representative from throughout the community came together to create a 5-year action plan based on the recommendations of the newly adopted plan.

Culver Named Stellar Communities Program Finalist
Posted on April 6, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI News Director
culver - The Town of Culver has been named a finalist for Indiana’s 2016 Stellar Communities program....

Culver Anticipates Stellar Communities Announcement
Posted on August 10, 2016
Author Mary Perren
    The Town of Culver is waiting in anticipation for the announcement of the winner of this year’s Stellar Communities designation....

    Culver is one of three finalists for the designation in the small population categories and anticipates major investment following state grant applications over the next year or so to help fund the projects...

    “If we don’t win, we have a great team at the table to move us forward next year,” says Munroe. “We would definitely go for it again, I think, there’s no doubt what we’re capable of.”

    Culver will officially learn the results along wit the rest of the state of August 18th. Town officials, however, say they will likely receive a phone call alerting them to the winner at the end of this week.

Culver Reviews Stellar Communities
Posted on October 1, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI News Director
    The Town of Culver held their follow-up meeting with OCRA [Office of Community and Rural Affairs] on Friday after not receiving an Indiana Stellar Communities designation....

    Culver still has an opportunity to apply for the Stellar Communities designation next year. Town officials were looking forward to the opportunity to discuss 2016’s application further following the disappointment.

    Town Manager Jonathan Leist says OCRA provided several recommendations to the Town’s Stellar Communities Committee on September 23rd. Committee members were specifically interested in recommendations to alter their next application.

    Leist says the state recommended tying the projects together into a comprehensive vision. They also recommended adding more projects and improving the scope of the existing projects to impact population growth or assessed value.

    OCRA strongly encouraged the community to continue working on their project list through other grant opportunities.

    Culver spent nearly an entire day with officials from the state transporting them to the different project locations and providing data and information about the community to the state.

Lt. Gov. Crouch Announces 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program Finalists
Updated May 25, 2017 11:02 AM
    (INDIANAPOLIS) - Today, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced the six communities who are the Division 1 and Division 2 finalists for the 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program (SCDP).

    Established in 2011, the SCDP began as a collaboration between the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Indiana Department of Transportation to support community planning and development initiatives by streamlining access to available funding sources and capacity building resources. Through the annual designation, Stellar Communities provides resources for transformative quality of place community improvements by utilizing previous planning efforts, leveraging existing assets, fostering regional investments, and stimulating continued growth for long-term relevance....

    Finalist communities are separated into a division based on their population: Division 1: 6,000 - 50,000 Division 2: 5,999 & below

    After evaluating the letters of interest, the top six communities were chosen as finalists. 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program Finalists:... Division 2: ..Town of Culver (Marshall)...

    As finalist communities, each will receive a planning grant to either create or build upon existing local Strategic Investment Plans, detailing projects, partnerships, and proposed sources of funding. Site visits will then be conducted by the Stellar Team which is comprised of representatives from the partnering agencies who follow a standard agenda and set of questions. Later this summer, one community from each division will be named a 2017 Stellar Communities Designee....

Stellarfest - JUNE 17, 2017

2017 - Jul 7 - Town Council cintuiunued work of the preperation for the Stellar Community application. Hear a proposal from Mike Resse of the Tryoer Group for assistance with the Stratergic Investment Plan (SIP) required by the Stellar process. Jonathan Leist, town manager, reminded the council that some of the 2016's material could be recycled. Council approved a budget of $24,800 for Stellar application and SOP preparation, whihc is dues August 24.

Culver Earns Stellar Designation
    In 2016, the Town of Culver was recognized for its impressive planning efforts by being named a finalist in the Stellar Communities Designation Program. That year, Culver narrowly missed winning official designation, which pushed the town to develop an even better application for 2017. Now after two years of hard work, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has announced that the Town of Culver was awarded Stellar Designation.

    The Stellar Program is a multi-agency partnership designed to recognize Indiana's smaller communities that have identified comprehensive community and economic development projects, as well as next steps and key partnerships. Winning Stellar will give Culver access to state resources and funding that will support the projects outlined in their Stellar Improvement Plan. These include the Sand Hill Farm housing development, the Lake Maxinkuckee Walking and Biking Trail, the Culver Beach Lodge, and more. Congratulations to Culver on this “stellar” achievement.

Culver receives Stellar news
By: Beth Paré Staff Writer culvercitizen@gmail. com
Friday, October 20, 2017 PLYMOUTH, IN
    Stellar committee members Becca Pazin, Rich West, Sally Ricciardi, Anna Campbell Nowalk, and Mark Damore Jr. react as town manager Jonathan Leist shares Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch's news via speakerphone.

    In an atmosphere crackling with anticipation, members of Culver’s Stellar committee gathered Wednesday afternoon to take an expected phone call from Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. Town manager Jonathan Leist waited quietly with a town hall landline phone and his cell phone next to him. Just as he related how he had requested that Crouch call the town hall number, the cell phone vibrated. All watched as Leist answered the call and put his head down, unsure of what was transpiring.

    In a moment, Leist’s hand came up in a thumbs-up and relieved smiles came over the faces of those gathered. As he put the call on speakerphone, Crouch could be heard commending the committee members on their hard work. Near the end of the call, Governor Eric Holcomb came on briefly offering his congratulations.

    Members of the committee will be traveling to Indianapolis for a Stellarbration on Wednesday, October 25 at the Statehouse, followed by a November Stellarbration in Culver with details to be announced.

    Culver stands to benefit from millions of dollars in grants and partnerships in the next four years as a result of the Indiana Stellar Communities designation. Projects on the schedule are: creating workforce housing with the Sand Hill Farm Development; expanding the Lake Maxinkuckee bike and pedestrian trail; adding to Cavalier Park; renovating the local landmark Beach Lodge; and improving the western gateway into Culver.

    More information will be available in the Oct. 27 issue of the Citizen.

    Stellar Desginee Oct. 27 issue of the Citizen

    Culver named a Stellar Community at Statehouse Ceremony
    October 25, 2017 By Kathy Bottorff, WTCA
      Culver is Stellar StatehouseAt a Statehouse presentation on Wednesday, October 25th the Town of Culver secured the title of a Stellar Community from the 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program, according to State Representative Jack Jordan (R-Bremen).

      Jordan said Culver was chosen from six finalists for its investment plan that focuses on creating workforce housing with the Sand Hill Farm Development, expanding the Lake Maxinkuckee bike and pedestrian trail, renovating the local landmark Beach Lodge, and improving the western gateway into Culver to create an appealing corridor into the town.

      Culver’s SIP has a goal of taking Culver from being a summer town to a “Stellar Town” year round.

      “The citizens of Culver have shown exceptional dedication to making their community standout,” Jordan said. “I am looking forward to seeing the updates and renovations this investment plan will bring. Congratulations to this Stellar Community.” ...

    Stellarbration' Highlights Community Potential
    Posted: Oct 25, 2017 1:35 PM EDT
    Updated: Oct 25, 2017 2:40 PM EDT
    By Andy Ober, Assistant Managing Editor
    Indisde Indiana Business .com
      'Stellarbration' Highlights Community Potential

      INDIANAPOLIS - Leaders from Culver and Madison were at the Statehouse today to celebrate their designations as 2017 Stellar Communities. Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist says the Marshall County city's plan focuses on making it a better and more affordable place to live year-round....

      Leist says Culver is a popular spot for people to own vacation homes. While that benefits the town, Leist says it makes cost of living expensive and creates talent issues because companies have trouble finding housing for their employees. He says community, school and business leaders worked for years on Culver's pitch. The town was a finalist for last year's Stellar designation....

      ... Culver were chosen from a group of six finalists.

      Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch will lead a team making visits to each community to participate in local Stellarbrations.

    Culver to Detail 'Huge Deal' Posted: Nov 07, 2017 5:03 PM EST Updated: Nov 08, 2017 9:35 AM EST By Dan McGowan, Senior Writer/ReporterCONNECT Town of Culver Named 'Stellar Community' CULVER - The town manager of Culver says Wednesday's "Stellarbration" will serve as another opportunity to spotlight the community's goal of bringing more business, affordable housing and permanent residents to an area best known as a leisure destination. Jonathan Leist says being named a 2017 Stellar Community is a "huge deal" and could help attract millions of dollars in new investment. He says the town's home prices are very high because of the second and summer home market, creating challenges for some of the area's larger employers. Following a visit last month to the Statehouse, Leist told Inside INdiana Business about the projects at the center of Culver's vision. The festivities Wednesday in the Marshall County community include groundbreaking on the Sand Hill Farms housing development, a multi-million dollar project designed to create more living space for middle income families. It's considered the signature piece of Culver's Stellar Communities playbook -- themed "Stellar Town Year-Round." It has already received support from the statewide Regional Cities Initiative that was secured by north central Indiana. Other potential works associated with Stellar Communities include: more work on the Lake Maxinkuckee Bike and Pedestrian Trail, renovations to Culver Park's Beach Lodge on the lake, creating a new western gateway to the town additional sidewalks and connecting trails , a new Culver Community Schools sports park boosting recreational access and programming on Lake Maxinkuckee Leist discussed some of the momentum already rolling in the Marshall County town. "We've got 200 new residents, 80 new students going to our schools, our schools are doing well -- the doors are full -- Culver Academies is doing well, Elkay Manufacturing has hired 200 new people that are living in town," he said. "We have a beautiful trail around that lake that we've completed two phases on and a beautiful beach lodge on the lake, as well, that has year-round programming for our residents, but lots of fun stuff to do during the summer, too." In June, the town was also added to the Indiana Main Street program. Wednesday's "Stellarbration" in Culver is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. and will involve Culver's Stellar Committee, local, state and regional officials and Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch at presentations at the Culver Park Beach Lodge.


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