Local officials learn about community development – The Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD – Municipal, civic and non-profit leaders from across Hancock County recently completed a course designed to develop leadership and provide practical takeaways to improve the community.

A total of 32 people recently completed the Community Development Course, a two-and-a-half-day program presented by the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University.

The event was co-hosted by the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) and the Hancock Economic Development Council (HEDC).

“The ICI Community Development Course has provided Hancock County leaders with a common community development framework,” Cumberland City Deputy Manager Christine Owens said in a news release. “This framework can be used to guide the county’s growth while protecting its character and heritage. I can’t wait to see what new ideas come to fruition.

The course instructors were Dr. Michael Fortunato of Creative Insight Community Development; and David Terrell and Brian Blackford with the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University. They led sessions, including individual and group exercises, on how to approach new community development challenges and opportunities creatively and holistically.

“Businesses follow people and people follow communities,” said Jason Wells, director of Leadership Hancock County. “The time and dedication we use to grow our community will help guide the growth and businesses that follow.”

Mary Gibble, President and CEO of HCCF, said the time and effort put in by participants was proof that they want the community to thrive.

“Course participants were highly engaged and will now be better prepared to engage all citizens in various initiatives making our community an even more vibrant place to live, work and play for generations to come,” she said. . “This course is only the first we plan to offer to bring together diverse groups for the betterment of Hancock County.”

Norma P. Rex