Town of Cumberland Selected as an HCI Community

Town of Cumberland Selected as an HCI Community

 CUMBERLAND –On May 4, 2017, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced the

Town of Cumberland has been selected as a Generation 5 community for the Hometown Collaborative Initiative (HCI)

The HCI program is delivered by OCRA in a unique partnership with Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute (ICI) and Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development (PCRD). Together, these entities champion the core principles of HCI, working to gain broad-based input and buy-in that is vital to the long-term success and sustainability of all community development initiatives. The HCI program is open to self-identified communities of 25,000 or fewer people.

The Town of Cumberland was recently named an HCI Semi-Finalist and hosted members of the state team for a local site visit on April 24th. To further elaborate on the local opportunities for the HCI program, the Cumberland team held a 90-minute session, highlighting how HCI could contribute to the long-term success of the community and economic development initiatives.  

After completing the foundation phase of the program – one in which the Cumberland team undertakes an in-depth analysis of their community -- the team will choose one of three HCI building block options:

  • Economy - Build a supportive community environment for small businesses and entrepreneurs.   
  • Leadership – Develop a new generation of local leaders who will take an active part in addressing community priorities.
  • Placemaking – Invest in public space development, local foods, or other quality of life initiatives. 

 The Town of Cumberland is honored to have been selected and looks forward to the valuable information, training, and opportunities HCI offers.   

More information about HCI may be found at  Additionally, any questions may be directed to Cumberland Town Manager April Fisher at or (317) 8946213.