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Wabash, Huntingburg named Stellar Communities

Decatur among other finalists

Wabash and Huntingburg have been designated Indiana's 2014 Stellar Communities from a group of six finalists, including Decatur, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced today.

Wabash is the first northeast Indiana community to receive the designation from the program, which is in its fourth year.

The Stellar Communities program supports community planning and development initiatives, pooling funding sources for projects identified by the communities as key elements in their comprehensive plans, Ellspermann said in a statement.

Wabash's $28.3 million plan would connect destinations in the city by enhancing streetscapes, making gateway corridor improvements and extending pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, the statement said. It said Wabash plans to invest in neighborhoods through residential improvements and the expansion of downtown housing opportunities.

No specific funds are guaranteed for the projects, but the winners are to meet with state agencies in coming weeks to discuss feasibility, available funding, time frames and other issues about their proposals.

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