Gehlhausen appointed to Rural Affairs Working Group

By Herald Staff

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Denny Spinner, executive director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, recently appointed Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Lisa Gehlhausen to serve on the newly formed Rural Affairs Working Group.

The OCRA Rural Affairs Working Group is made up of 12 members and includes the representation of elected officials, economic development professionals and those in the field of higher education. They are tasked with providing well- rounded expert insight to help the state and the agency serve Indiana's small communities. OCRA's mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid communities in shaping and achieving their own vision for community and economic development.

Spinner said the state appreciates the willingness of those selected to be part of the process that will enable the Office of Community and Rural Affairs to launch new programs in the coming years.

“It is a privilege to serve on this working group to assist our rural areas to achieve their focus,” Gehlhausen said.

Spinner said: “We are fortunate to have so many strong, dedicated leaders from around the state in this new working group. I look forward to working with each of them to find new ways to help our rural communities thrive.”

The Rural Affairs Working Group’s first meeting recently took place on May 24.

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