The Town of Edinburgh will receive a $20,000 grant and be mentored by a partnership between the City of Rushville and the City of Wabash. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs made the announcement Thursday. The program’s goal is for local leadership to gather best practices and the necessary tools to advance an innovative vision through in-person assessments, stakeholder conversations and peer advisement. “We want to continue encouraging collaboration and reward communities that not only work together, but also mentor and help lift each other to even greater heights,” said Crouch. “Hoosiers joining together can take our rural communities to the Next Level.” Crouch said these mentors can each provide a different perspective that will ultimately help Edinburgh grow. Through a guided process, each community will meet with Edinburgh to discuss unique community attributes as well as goals, expectations and steps of the mentorship process. “Rushville’s strong community engagement, public-private partnership and the ability to achieve success through planning and dedication make them an ideal mentor,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “We are excited Wabash has also agreed to help provide insight into downtown redevelopment, economic vitality and riverfront development.” Edinburgh will host groups from Wabash and Rushville to showcase their town’s community assets, as well as highlight the community’s strengths and areas of opportunities. “Our downtown revitalization efforts will be enhanced by establishing a collaboration with a mentor community. Such collaboration efforts foster an insightful vision from a community that has already addressed their downtown revitalization,” JT Doane, Edinburgh Town Manager. “A mentor group will offer a unique perspective to create a vision that is unique and special to our community!” State officials say that Edinburgh will receive a $20,000 cash matched grant to implement a quality of place project based on recommendations from the process.

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