Jasper selected as grant finalist

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The City of Jasper has been selected as a finalist for the PreservINg Main Street Pilot Program. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced the five community finalists which include towns of Attica, Brookville and Cambridge City and the cities of Kendallville and Jasper.

One pilot community will be selected and awarded a $2 million grant for implementation funds of downtown preservation projects and operational expenses through OCRA’s Community Development Block Grant program. The pilot program also includes multiple capacity and leadership building opportunities through a partnership with Main Street America, Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks.

Jasper will receive an in-person site visit from the selection team in August. The selected pilot community will be announced on Friday, Sept. 10.

“This is a great opportunity for the Heart of Jasper to continue their great work in the downtown area," said Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide. "Through their aggressiveness in influencing the development of this area of our city in the past year, they have positioned Heart of Jasper well to qualify as a finalist for this highly competitive grant."

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