A Brown County community improvement group is collecting public input before deciding how to spend a state grant.
Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded the $1,500 grant to the Hometown Collaboration Initiative.
Nancy Crocker is a member of the initiative. She says even though it’s not a lot of money it can make a difference in Brown County.
“It’s not a lot but it’s a start, and possibly something we can make grow depending on what project we pick,” Crocker says.
The county surveyed about 450 residents about projects they thought could best use the money. The areas included: economy, leadership and placemaking, which includes amenities in the area.
About 40 residents turned out for a community forum Wednesday night to discuss the results of the survey.
Crocker says there was a lot of interest in using the money to provide resources for the youth in the area. Crocker says it’s an issue because a lot of young people leave the county after they graduate.
“It pertained to the kids in the community and how we don’t feel like the kids are connected to the town and the community of the town and how can we remedy that,” Crocker says.
The group plans to consider the feedback from last night’s meeting before making a final decision. They hope to make their selection in the coming weeks.