Grant Deadlines Are Quickly Approaching

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) have grants for numerous types of infrastructure projects. In order to apply for their funding a proposal needs to be submitted by March 22, 2013 for their Community Focus Fund (CFF) and the Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP). The final applications are due May 31, 2013. […]

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Preliminary Planning

The development of a Preliminary Planning Report (PER) could take several months. It is best to have a plan at the ready in order to take best advantage of funding opportunities. During the recent funding brought about by the stimulus monies, many communities missed the boat because they were not ready with preplanning. By the […]

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Windows 8 Weigh In

Chances are if you go out and purchase a new PC, Windows 8 will come preinstalled.  What are the biggest changes with Windows 8?  What Windows 8 versions are available and can I still purchase Windows 7?   The biggest changes in Windows 8 include the introduction of the Metro interface and the removal of […]

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New Notebook, No Windows?

Samsung and Acer have rolled out a new laptop with an interesting twist, the operating system.  They run a Chrome operating system by Google.  The new and relatively inexpensive ($249) devices dubbed “Chrome Books” are selling fast.  As of October 21, the ARM-based chrome book is the bestselling computer on Amazon. The most notable features […]

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Community Conservation Challenge

The Office of Energy development began accepting applications for the Community Conservation Challenge (CCC) grants on October 5th, 2012.  This $500,000 grant program funds non-residential entities for projects that reduce an organization’s energy consumption.  Applications are due on November 15th at 12:00 pm EST. Local units of government, school corporations, businesses and nonprofit agencies in […]

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How SMART is Your Utility?

Does your utility meet the following objectives? Specific:  Has the Utility specified exactly what it wants to achieve? Measurable:  Does the Utility measure whether it is meeting its objectives? Attainable:  Can the Utility realistically achieve the objectives in a timely period? Realistic:  Can the Utility really achieve its objectives with its capacity, funding and other […]

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Are you Sustainable?

Does your utility meet the following objectives? Specific:  Has the Utility specified exactly what it wants to achieve? Measurable:  Does the Utility measure whether it is meeting its objectives? Attainable:  Can the Utility realistically achieve the objectives in a timely period? Realistic:  Can the Utility really achieve its objectives with its capacity, funding and other […]

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ADA Evaluation Deadline Fast Approaching

  The ADA evaluations’ deadline is fast approaching! If you are a community that receives federal funds or has 50 or more employees, an ADA evaluation MUST by completed by June 30th and a Transition Plan done by December 31st. Per a letter released by INDOT dated April 4, 2012, ALL Local Public Agencies (LPAs) […]

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Changes to the Buy Local Preference for Public Works Projects

The “local Indiana business preference” (formerly found in Indiana Code 36-1-12-22) has been repealed by the Indiana State Legislature for public works projects.  The original bill was signed into law on February 29, 2012. This new legislation eliminated the price preference for public works projects, however political subdivisions can still grant the right to give […]

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