Community Development

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Rural Planning Organization Programs

Small Urban and Rural Transportation Planning Assistance Program (SURTP) 

Our organization serves as the Rural Planning Organization for our region. Each year, Thrive submits a proposal to INDOT for SURTP resources for our local communities.

The program breaks down into four parts with each focusing on transportation-related activities. The four parts are as follows:

  • Traffic Counting Program
  • Planning Support to Local Governments
  • Planning Support to INDOT (Central Office and District offices)
  • Planning Capacity Enhancements

This program, in partnership with INDOT and our local communities, is beneficial to local communities because of the added resources it puts towards the regional communities and counties. Through support from INDOT, smaller regional areas are able to get planning support at a far less cost than they would by using any typical planning firm. With INDOT’s support of the plan 80% of the cost is covered by INDOT, and the last 20% of cost is what is required by local government.

If you would like to learn more about SURTP activities or are a community that would like to utilize this program, please contact us.

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    OCRA Grant Opportunities

    The Office for Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) works with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid rural communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. Through our strong partnership with OCRA, our organization helps communities think and act regionally for opportunities in economic and community success.

    If you would like to speak to a member of our staff about doing a possible ORCA grant in your area please reach out to us.

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    Regional Trails

    Our organization sees the value in supporting a regional trails initiative. We are partnering with local trail, river, and greenway groups in the West Central Region to develop a strategic plan and support initiatives to further advancement. If you would like to support this effort through a monetary donation, by participating, or in another way, please connect with us.

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    A digital map is coming in early 2021. Stay tuned!

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