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REVITILIZATION: Communites pose questions seeking improvement

November 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — As the economy continues to struggle, Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Executive Director David Sewell said revitalization and economic development concerns are growing.

Sewell’s department provides planning, zoning and building services to the county.

“Churubusco, Columbia City and South Whitley are specifically posing the question, ‘what do we have to offer?’” said Sewell. “Right now, we’re not seeing a lot of growth, but economic development often means something different to each city or town in Whitley County. A lot of it just depends on what is available within each community and what the community members want to achieve.”

Sewell said many communities are or have already taken advantage of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP) to work on its downtown areas.

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