Selling the SIZZLE

    When it was announced March 19 the city of Decatur was was one of six finalists for a Stellar Communities grant which, if awarded, would pump millions of dollars into local community improvement projects, the excitement in the air was palpable.
    City officials and other community leaders expressed a combination of joy and nervousness; excitement and apprehension. They knew much had been accomplished, and that much work remained to be done. But only those who have gone through the process of securing a Stellar grant are fully aware of the efforts required to sell their community, and to reap the rewards of that hard work.
    One of those is Randy Strasser, the mayor of the city of Delphi, the county seat of Carroll County located about 20 miles east of Lafayette.
    Delphi was awarded a Stellar Communities grant in 2012, its second attempt at landing the grant, and last week Strasser talked about the long and arduous journey that stretched between the application process and the successful receipt of the prestigious award.
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