January 22, 2019

Lynn Coyne, President
Bloomington Economic Development Corporation

Meagan Niese, Development Director
Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

Citizens are invited to attend a public event to celebrate the release of Monroe County’s new Quality of Place & Workforce Attraction Plan

Event will take place on January 29, 2019 from 6-7pm at Shreve Hall on the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus

Bloomington, Ind. – The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation and Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County invite you to attend a public gathering next Tuesday, January 29th at Shreve Hall on the Ivy Tech campus. The event is meant to give citizens a first look at the new countywide plan for improving quality of life and attracting new employees and investment to Monroe County. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

At the event, citizens will be able to read through physical copies of the new plan and ask questions to the team responsible for creating the plan. Leaders will present key findings from our research, and highlight some of the solutions we have identified for future planning efforts.

This plan was put together primarily to serve as guidance for local agencies when applying for implementation grants from the nonprofit Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI). ROI’s Ready Communities program will offer $3 million in grants over the next two years for eligible projects that align with their county’s Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan. Projects must relate to one or more of the following goals:

  • Aesthetics and Beautification Enhancements (ex: place branding, public art, streetscape beautification, park enhancements, and main street type investments)
  • Connectivity Infrastructure Development (ex: bike & pedestrian paths, trail enhancements, walkability improvements, public broadband or wi-fi, and public transit or other transportation needs)
  • Community Cohesion & Support (ex: childcare facilities, workforce training centers, public spaces, innovation spaces, and farmers markets)

In addition to serving as guidance for ROI’s grant program, this plan will also serve as a tool for future public and private sector planning efforts. Monroe County’s Quality of Place plan took into account existing plans as well as community feedback from residents all over the county to create a holistic vision for the future of our county. Many hours of hard work have been poured into making this project a success, and we hope you will join us to celebrate this momentous event!