HCI – Hometown Collaborative Initiative

HCI is intended for self-identified communities with a total population of 25,000 or less that want to develop a new generation of local leaders; build a supportive community environment for small business and entrepreneurs; or invest in place through creative quality of life initiatives related to public spaces, design, local foods, and tourism among others. A core principle of HCI is that broad-based input and buy-in is vital to the long-term success and sustainability of all community development initiatives.

Brown County Leader Network – Website

December 2, 2018 – Nov 2019 – Grant Application –  Capstone Project –  Leadership Cooperative


About HCI – BUILDING BLOCKS FOR ENERGIZING COMMUNITIES.  Discover current HCI communities, learn how to apply and browse the blog for news and events.

Brown County HCI Team Training – Dates and Topics. — Brochure HCI Brown County  Leadership

Center for Rural Development LEADERSHIP VIDEO SERIES – Purdue  Rural communities in Indiana are facing many changes and challenges that both threaten and provide opportunities to their economic and social well-being. The Leadership Video Series, created by Dr. Janet Ayres, trains rural leaders to better lead and contribute to their communities.  

  • Monday, June 11, 5-9 p.m. Getting to know my county  
    • Minutes:  Leadership Training Notes June 11
    • Main Topic: What is Leadership? , Why is leadership important today?, What do “good” leaders do? What does it mean to be a community leader? How might leadership be different in a community context than in a business or organizational context? What do community leaders do? What makes community leaders effective?
  • Monday, June 18, 8-11 a.m. Identifying my own leadership style
  • Monday, June 25, 8-11 a.m. Leading through interpersonal communication 
    • Leadership Training June 25 2018
    • Main Topics: Understanding the importance of interpersonal communication skills in community leadership, Understanding the importance of building rapport, Enhancing listening, speaking and feedback skills, Considering appropriate use of various communication media
  • Monday, July 9, 5-9 p.m. Managing conflict 
    • Leadership Training Notes Session July 9 2018
    • Main Topics: Understand what conflict is and how it escalates, Identify our own responses to conflict, Learn constructive responses to a conflict situation, Apply what we learn to community organizations
  • Monday, July 16, 8-11 a.m. Getting involved in the community 
    • Leadership Training Notes July 16 2018
    • Main Topic: Learn to work with others in the community, Identify key principles to working effectively with others in groups, Understand group dynamics, Understand the stages of team formation and the importance of leadership, Learn how to apply group principles to a community project, Understand keys to working with volunteers, Identify ways to get involved in the community
  • Monday, July 23, 8-11 a.m. Serving on nonprofit boards and commissions
    • Leadership Training Notes from July 23 2018
    • Main Topics: Identify key principles to working effectively on boards & committees, Understand the purpose, structure, and processes of effective boards, Identify key characteristics of effective community boards and committees
  • Monday, Aug 14, 2018 – Meeting Minutes
    • HCI Meeting Notes August 13 – Includes 10-year projections on the future possibilities — includes the best case and worst case.  Future reality will fall somewhere in-between.  A needed step is to identify the data that will be used to assess and monitor the trends.

HCI Survey Results

March 21, 2018. Community forum reveals opportunities for improvement

Over the past three months, more than 400 Brown County residents and workers answered a survey on how their community could be improved. … Two weeks ago, about 50 of them gathered to make sense of the data and suggest specific projects.

March 7, 2018. Community Forum on March 7, Intermediate School Cafeteria, 5:30-8:30.

Feb 20, 2018.   SURVEY DEADLINE: Share your opinions on local issues – Brown County Democrat, In addition, it asks how likely the responder is to remain in Brown County for the next five years. Survey participants can remain anonymous; only general demographic information such as age and education level is collected. The HCI is a mostly state-funded process of learning about one’s own community.

August 11, 2017.  More volunteers needed to help lead community’s future.

Still wanted: Volunteers to brainstorm, gather data and guide priorities for Brown County, collaborate on projects and learn how to become the community’s next generation of leaders.  … Brown Countians who think they might fit this bill are invited to a workshop for the Hometown Collaboration Initiative from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. It’ll take place at the Brown County Purdue Extension office on Memorial Drive near the fairgrounds.

Brown County Leaders Work To Build Strategies And Better Community – Indiana Public Media

Brown County chosen for Hometown Collaboration Initiative

May 4, 2017 – Brown County is one of five Indiana Communities to receive Hometown Collaboration Initiative fellowships from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The HCI program is delivered by OCRA in a partnership with Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute and Purdue University’s …
April 19, 2017 – About 40 Brown Countians gathered in the library April 12 to hear and explain why the county should be chosen for the HCI. Representatives from Purdue and Ball State universities and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs heard the pitch from an “interim HCI team,” who pulled the application …
April 12, 2017HCI Presentation and Notes

Brown County is semifinalist for community-building program

April 6, 2017.  Brown County is a semifinalist for the state’s Hometown Collaboration Initiative. The HCI is intended to bring a diverse group of residents together to learn to cooperate, become better leaders and gather critical data that will help them guide
decisions about their community’s future. “It will challenge BrownCountians to work …

March 31, 2017HCI ApplicationApril

March 20, 2017.  HCI. Wanted: Volunteers to brainstorm, gather data and guide priorities for Brown County, collaborate on projects and learn how to become the community’s next generation of leaders. That group of residents will receive extensive training from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Ball State.


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