Scott County Council Approves Ordinance to Join Regional Development Authority

The following is a press release from Our Southern Indiana:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (July 22, 2015) – Yesterday, the Scott County Council passed an ordinance to participate in the Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) as a first step in a local application for the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative.  

Scott County Council president Iva Gasaway said, “Scott County is excited about being a part of the formation of the RDA.  We see the possibilities of our region receiving this designation, and we want Scott County to have input on naming the RDA’s Board of Directors as well as identifying and prioritizing regional projects that may receive funding.”  The RDA is the only entity eligible to apply for the Regional Cities designation. 

This decision follows yesterday’s workshop for elected officials and the public.  Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith, along with Indiana Economic Development Corporation Policy Director Eric Shields and General Counsel Chris Cotterill shared information about the Regional Cities Initiative, and answered questions about the operational aspects of the program.  Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including co-author of the enabling legislation, State Representative, Ed Clere; co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Ron Grooms; and Representative Steve Stemler spoke to the legislative intent of the program and to present support for the program and Our Southern Indiana’s efforts.   Wendy Dant Chesser, President of One Southern Indiana, shared the planning work of Our Southern Indiana as the group prepares its application for submission for funding.  The entire session will be available for viewing on the Our Southern Indiana website (www.oursouthernindiana.com), facebook page and twitter feed later today.   

Work also continues on the submission for funding as a Regional Cities designee. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will be accepting applications from interested regions from July 1 through August 31, 2015.  Representatives from Our Southern Indiana plan on approaching the councils in Floyd, Harrison, Clark and Washington counties for approval of the ordinance in order to maximize the collaborative efforts to form the RDA and submit an application by the August 31st deadline.

About Our Southern Indiana:  

Our Southern Indiana is a regional planning effort sparked by the potential of Indiana’s new Regional Cities Initiative. The Regional Cities Initiative seeks to attract talented people to Indiana and is looking to invest in promising regions that can show they are ready for development through regional collaboration. Through Our Southern Indiana, regional partners are working together to articulate the Vision of the people of Southern Indiana, create an action plan for transformational regional projects, and show the State our readiness to leverage their investment exponentially.

Our Southern Indiana is guided by a Steering Committee of community leaders in the public and private sectors.  With the support of the Ogle Foundation, BNIM, a regional planning consultant team comprised of national and local experts, has been contracted to collect input from regional stakeholders including government officials, business owners, residents, and institutions on the assets and challenges of the region. This input along with the consultant team’s analysis of the key qualities of the built environment, economy, natural resources, and quality of life will lead to a comprehensive eight year plan for Clark, Floyd and their contiguous counties.

Media Contact: 
Suzanne Ruark
Director, Marketing & Communications One Southern Indiana
(812) 206-9050
suzanner@1si.org