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Indiana communities address the future at Dec. 11 event

Over 60 representatives from 14 Hoosier communities attended a workshop hosted by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at IHCDA. Creating communities for all ages and abilities was the subject for the day. Cities and towns participating in the Indiana Stellar Communities project and in the Hometown Competitiveness program were the invited participants. The group included Mayors, economic development specialists, philanthropic organizations and state agency staff members. The workshop was presented by Marie Beason of Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, John Marron of the IU Public Policy Institute, and Phil Stafford, Director of the IU Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.

Participants learned about the quickly changing age demographics in Indiana and about strategies communities can use to address this demographic imperative – to make Indiana cities and towns into livable places for all ages and all abilities. The project is part of a continuing, multi-year initiative- the Community AGEnda,  funded by the Pfizer Foundation, through the national Grantmakers In Aging to the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, with matching funds from multiple state and local  organizations and funders. For more information about Indiana’s role in the national Community AGEnda project, see, or contact Dr. Phil Stafford at

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