4 local forums planned for the Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative | News

JASPER — Indiana University and Dubois County are expanding their community development collaboration with the Center for Rural Engagement’s Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative.

Sustaining Hoosier Communities connects IU Bloomington faculty, their courses, and student energy to tackle projects ranging from health and wellness to infrastructure planning and natural resource management.

Community meetings to generate ideas, gather feedback and discuss possible projects and plans will be held across the county in February:

• Wednesday, February 16, 6:30-8 p.m. EST at Vincennes University Jasper, Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing, 961 College Avenue, Jasper. This meeting will include interpretation into Spanish.

• Tuesday, February 22, 6:30-8 p.m. EST at the Ferdinand Community Center, Mobel Room, 1710 Community Drive, Ferdinand.

• Wednesday, February 23, 6:30-8 p.m. EST at Old City Hall, 309 N. Geiger Street, Huntingburg. This meeting will include interpretation into Spanish.

• Thursday, February 24, 6:30-8 p.m. EST at Parklands Pavilion, 800 West 15th Street Jasper. This meeting will include interpretation into Spanish.

Meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend one of the scheduled sessions for full discussion and planning activities. Indiana University’s public gathering policies will be adhered to; masks are mandatory indoors.

Representing an estimated $150,000 in hours of research, investigation and implementation, SHC brings a range of academic resources to the partnership. The initiative has received international recognition as the 2019 Outstanding Program of the Year from the Education Partnerships Network for Community Innovation.

“Supporting involves helping, but more importantly, recognizing the fundamental characteristics of our community and, through them, building a community that supports growth in an equitable way,” said Dubois County Community Committee member Rossina Sandoval. and Director of Community Engagement. for Southwest Dubois School Corp. “SHC’s partnership with the IU Center for Rural Engagement provides unbiased expert advice and direction toward the goals we envision for Dubois County.”

Dubois County has been working with the Center for Rural Engagement on arts and culture, creating creative places, expanding the local food system, and building community capacity projects since 2018. of Health I-HOPE initiative to reduce racial inequities in health, have emerged through the partnership.

Dubois County is also set to partner with IU and higher education institutions statewide through the Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program, developing strategic plans for federal recovery funding. coronaviruses.

“Education and collaboration have long been strategies that propel Dubois County forward, creating innovative approaches that drive the development of our people, our culture and our economy,” said Christian Blome, co. -Coordinator of the Dubois County SHC Community Committee and Associate Vice President and Dean of Vincennes Jasper University. “The SHC partnership with IU Center for Rural Engagement recognizes how special Dubois County is and provides us with the opportunity to leverage the intellectual property of Indiana University to achieve our individual, corporate and organizational. Now is the time to dream big, come together and seize the moment!”

National and global organizations including Kimball International, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, and OFS Brands call Dubois County their home. The county employs more than 37,000 people in the Indiana Highlands region. Dubois County hosts an annual cultural festival and a variety of community resources operated by the Latin American Association of Southern Indiana. The county is also well known for the historic League Stadium, the setting of the sports comedy-drama film, A League of Their Own.

Located approximately 70 miles southwest of the IU Bloomington campus, Dubois County is the fifth community to partner with the center as part of the SHC initiative.

“Indiana University is thrilled to partner with Dubois County, connecting this innovative community with transformative resources at IU,” said Kerry Thomson, executive director of the Center for Rural Engagement. “This initiative builds on our already successful partnership, giving our students a foundation for high-impact professional experiences right here in Indiana while creating a conduit of energy and strategy that supports community goals. “

Residents can contact Dennis Tedrow, SHC Dubois County Community Committee Coordinator, by email at [email protected] or by phone at (812) 482-3288 to share ideas and learn more about the partnership. .

For more information about the center’s Sustaining Hoosier Communities program and past projects, visit shc.indiana.edu.

Harry L. Blanchard