FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - There was a buzz of excitement around Frankfort as state officials paid a visit to the city in the running to be named a Stellar Community and receive millions of dollars in grants.
"That would be the best thing to happen to Frankfort, Indiana," Frankfort resident Steve Weber said about the Stellar grant. "Local government has worked so hard and so diligently to get this program and it couldn't be a better place."
"I think we've put together a pretty nice package and I think our leadership is extraordinary," resident Kent Ryan said.
The three main funding agencies for the Stellar grant, the Indiana Department of Transportation, Housing and Community Development Authority, and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, met with city leaders to discuss projects outlined in the grant application. Mayor Chris McBarnes said the day started with a presentation then a private question and answer session.
"Any uneasiness they felt about the projects or logistical questions, we were there to meet that call," McBarnes said. "It gave us a chance to show our wisdom about community development."
Then McBarnes took the group on a tour of the downtown and sites of future projects like a canal walkway, senior housing facilities and an amphitheater. The mayor said if named a recipient of the grant it will bring a sense of pride back to Frankfort.
"Stellar gives us the opportunity now that we're rooted in planning it gives us a chance to let that culture shine," McBarnes said. "It will allow us to get done in three years what we would have gotten done otherwise in 10 years."
The Stellar Community will be named sometime next month.
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