Close, but no Stellar cigar

    Thirty minutes into a Thursday morning Community Development Day program at the Indiana State Fair, hosted by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, a contingent representing the city of Decatur got the bad news: Decatur’s bid for a Stellar Communities grant had not been successful.
    Decatur was one of six finalists for a multi-million dollar grant from the Stellar Communities group. In the end, grants were awarded to the cities of Huntingburg and Wabash.
    “Hey, we’re obviously very disappointed, but we’re not deterred from moving ahead with our plan,” Mayor John Schultz said in a phone conversation immediately following the announcement. “Maybe we’ll be back here at the state fair next year.”
    Schultz said no critiques or evaluations of the successful applications were mentioned during Thursday’s ceremony, “but we have a meeting with them (the Stellar committee) on Sept. 4 to go over our plan.”
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