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Rural Center Recaps Orange County, Looks Ahead

Attendees look on during a presentation during Thursday's event in French Lick. (Brock Turner, WTIU/WFIU News)

Indiana University’s Center for Rural Engagement closed another chapter of service with Orange County.

Kerry Thomson is the Executive Director of the Center and says this is only the beginning of engagement with the community.

“Now that we have built some deep trust in the community, we want the community to know we’re not leaving," she says. "This was not a one year project, this is the beginning to a deep relationship that will continue through time.”

Over the past year, the Center says 450 students and 30 local organizations teamed up to work on 28 projects that sought to connect IU resources to local needs.

Those included a recycling center feasibility study and coordinating nearly 500 hours of home healthcare visits with nursing students.

The center will now be partnering with Greene County throughout the next school year.   

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