Making a Difference
In May 2019, Scott County Community Foundation received a $50,000 community leadership planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The Endowment’s goal was to help community foundations explore how we can effectively play a leadership role in our local communities. Along with training and internal capacity building, we have contracted with Indiana University Southeast to conduct a community needs assessment. As we work to engage elected officials, community leaders, and residents of Scott County, our next step is to take the results from the community needs assessment to form a Scott County Vision plan, a roadmap for community development.
Through this grant, we were also able to bring to the community Dr. Michael Hicks, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University. Dr. Hicks presented “Considerations for Community Change: Shifting Paradigms and What They Mean for Indiana Neighborhoods, Towns, Cities, and Counties.” It provided context for why investments in both people and place are critical to the future vibrancy of our hometowns. You may view the presentation here.
As we continue these important community conversations, we hope you will join us and share your vision for Scott County. Check back for dates on community presentations for the needs assessment, and visioning workshops to gather input and ideas regarding opportunities/challenges, capital improvement projects, community amenities, programming and issues that need to be addressed.