Author: Radius Indiana

Monon South Trail Trailhead Public Art Request for Proposals

Radius Indiana is seeking a fabricator to produce six limestone sculptures that can be installed at newly constructed trailheads along the Monon South Trail, which will begin construction during the Summer of 2024.

The limestone sculptures should be ready for delivery and installation by September 30, 2025. Each sculpture should have a theme approved by Radius Indiana and should generally be reflective of some image or element that will be identifiable with the community in which the sculpture will be installed.

The sculptures should be based on one-quarter scale three dimensional models that will be approved by Radius prior to fabrication of the sculptures.

The fabricator should carve/fabricate and arrange the delivery and installation of the sculptures to the six trailhead sites in Mitchell, Orleans, Campbellsburg, Salem, New Pekin, and Borden.

Proposals shall be evaluated based on the following factors:

25%        Use of Indiana Limestone

25%        Presence of the sculptor’s location within the Radius region

(Radius includes Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington Counties)

25%        Proposed Cost

25%        Suitability of sculpture designs

 

Proposals are requested to be submitted by May 10, 2024. Please submit proposals and/or questions to Jeff Quyle, j.quyle@radiusindiana.com

 

Radius Indiana Announces Advertisement for Bids on Monon South Trail Phase 1

General Notice

Radius Indiana (Owner) is requesting Bids for the construction of the following Project: Monon South
Trail Phase 1A. Sealed bids for the construction of the Project will be received at the Salem City Hall
located at 201 E. Market St., Salem, IN, 47167, until May 24, 2024, at 10:00 AM (Eastern Time). At that
time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read. All bids must be enclosed in a sealed
envelope bearing the title Monon South Trail Phase 1A, the name of the bidder, and the notation
“BID ENCLOSED”. Bids received after 10:00 AM (Eastern Time) on May 24, 2024 will be returned
unopened.

Phase 1A of the Monon South Trail Project includes several multi-use rails-to-trails segments throughout
four counties in Southern Indiana totaling 20.4 miles. The communities included in Phase 1A include
Borden, New Pekin, Salem, Saltillo, Campbellsburg, Orleans, and Mitchell. The multi-use path will be
constructed on existing railroad ballast within the railbanked right-of-way owned by Radius Indiana. The
trail will be a mix of asphalt, concrete, and compacted aggregate surfaces. The work includes linear
grading, signage, pavement markings, railings, and other trail amenities. Existing bridge structures will
be rehabilitated with new deck surfaces. Phase 1A is subdivided into 3 contract sections, and bidders
may submit a Bid on any individual section or any combination of sections, as set forth in the Bid Form.
Phase 1B will be a separate project to construct trailheads at various locations along the trail and is not
included in this contract.

Information and Bidding Documents for the Project are available at the following designated website:
https://www.lynnimaging.com/ (Lynn Imaging ePlanroom). Bidding Documents may be purchased from
the designated website in either electronic or paper format. Prospective Bidders are urged to register
with the designated website as a plan holder even if Bidding Documents are obtained from a plan room
or source other than the designated website. The designated website will be updated periodically with
addenda, lists of registered plan holders, reports, and other information relevant to submitting a Bid for
the Project. All official notifications, addenda, and other Bidding Documents will be offered only through
the designated website. Neither Owner nor Engineer will be responsible for Bidding Documents,
including addenda, if any, obtained from sources other than the designated website. Any charges
incurred in obtaining Contract Documents are not reimbursable by Owner.

Questions for the Engineer should be directed to Ryan Hughes, PE of Clark Dietz, Inc., 120 W Spring
Street, New Albany, Indiana 47150, PH: 859-286-1141, email: ryan.hughes@clarkdietz.com.

A mandatory pre-bid conference for the Project will be held on May 9, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Salem City
Hall, 201 E. Market St., Salem, IN, 47167. Bids will not be accepted from Bidders that do not attend the
mandatory pre-bid conference.

For all further requirements regarding bid submittal, qualifications, procedures, and contract award,
refer to the Instructions to Bidders that are included in the Bidding Documents.

This Advertisement is issued by Jeff Quyle, President and CEO, Radius Indiana. April 30, 2024

Radius Indiana Hires for new Regional Main Street Program

BEDFORD, Ind. (April 09, 2024) – In an effort to support the launch and operation of Main Street programs along the Monon South Trail, Radius Indiana recently welcomed another staff member to its team. A Lawrence County native, Sadie Miskuf, will serve as the organization’s first Regional Main Street Director.

Established by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Main Street program supports and encourages community-driven revitalization of downtown areas in cities and towns. Miskuf will assist member communities with the initial application process of community meetings, stakeholder awareness, board formation, financial forecasting, and a formal work plan. Once accredited, the communities along the Monon South Trail will become Indiana’s first Regional Main Street organization and will be eligible for exclusive grant opportunities, technical assistance and educational resources.

The position was created in coordination with the recent Monon South Trail development, as the cities and towns will soon be joined together by the nearly 60-mile recreational asset and experience a new wave of visitors. This poses a unique opportunity for the communities’ downtown or commercial districts in the Magnificent Monon South Regional Main Street program. Miskuf will accelerate trail-based economic development in partnership with community leaders, local business owners and residents to spur revitalization and excitement surrounding the downtowns.

“Mitchell appreciates seeing this kind of hands-on assistance with the Main Street program. Having Sadie from Radius step in will relieve a lot of the administrative and organizational load our downtown businesses would face,” said Don Caudell, Mayor of Mitchell, Indiana. “This lets our local leaders focus on the community and maximize how we grow to meet the needs of the Monon South Trail visitors who will come here.”

In 2023, Indiana Main Street communities completed 262 rehabilitation projects, opened 196 new downtown businesses, created over 3,000 jobs and finalized 171 public improvement projects across the state. These initiatives were made possible by the 1,600 passionate volunteers throughout the communities that dedicated nearly 43,000 hours of their time.

“Our communities along the trail share this opportunity to capitalize on the business growth that the Monon South Trail will bring, and by providing our regional resources to help them utilize the power of the Main Street program, we expect to accelerate the strengthening of their existing downtown businesses as well as enable the growth of new businesses. We’re very excited and grateful that Sadie brings the relevant Main Street experience to smooth the implementation of the program,” said Jeff Quyle, President of Radius.

Miskuf previously served as Main Street Director for a small town in Florida before returning to Indiana and has a proven history of fostering collaboration among stakeholders, implementing strategic initiatives, and leveraging resources to build vibrant communities. She also has a strong passion for philanthropy, revitalization of small-town assets, and Hoosier heritage.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to bring the Magnificent Monon South Main Street program to life,” said Miskuf. “It’s an honor to be part of something so special that will bring communities together across Southern Indiana, allow visitors to experience what the region has to offer, and continue to thrive for many generations to come.”

Over 100 gather for Radius stakeholder update at French Lick Resort

BEDFORD, Ind. (March 5, 2024) – Radius Indiana hosted over 100 attendees from across the region for its annual stakeholder’s luncheon Feb. 28 at the French Lick Resort. Remarks included a review of Radius’ accomplishments over the previous year and included an unveiling of design renderings for the Monon South Trail. Additionally, Radius welcomed special guests from the Consulate and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Chicago as well as Indiana State Treasurer, Daniel Elliott.

Radius Board of Directors Chair Jeff Pipkin opened the meeting with a brief overview of the organization’s programs and thanked stakeholders for their continued support. Pipkin became the board chair at the start of 2024, stepping in for Becky Skillman who retired from the board at the end of 2023 after more than 10 years of service. 

“Radius continues to evolve in order to stay up-to-date with the world of economic development, and the growing list of programs it offers reflects that,” said Pipkin. “I look forward to serving a larger role to the organization as its Chair and being a small part of the amazing impact it brings to southern Indiana.” 

Pipkin then introduced Indiana State Treasurer Daniel Elliott, who spoke about the Indiana Bond Bank and its ability to be a resource for communities. Additionally, Elliott highlighted the importance of broadband in rural communities and its impact on education, development and growth.

Following, Radius president and CEO Jeff Quyle introduced special guests Consul-General Jun Yanagi and JETRO Chicago Executive Director Hiroyuki Nemoto. This was an opportunity for attendees to hear directly from representatives of these organizations, who are often on the front lines in facilitating new contacts with Japan for economic development opportunities. 

Consul-General Yanagi shared that there are currently 320 Japanese business facilities in Indiana, providing 70,700 jobs.

“I am optimistic about the partnership between the United States and Japan because it has been built from the ground up, supported by multiple layers of human connection, sharing basic values such as democracy, freedom, and human rights,” said Consul-General Yanagi.

Quyle then provided an overview of the organization’s accomplishments from 2023, including the 16 employers throughout the Radius region that have participated in Choose Southern Indiana’s Employer Incentive Program, and the nearly 60,000 visitors to the Southern Indiana Business Report website. 

In addition, Quyle updated attendees on the Monon South Trail progress, slated to span nearly 60 miles through Lawrence, Orange, Washington, and Clark counties. Clark Dietz, the lead civil engineering firm, and Taylor Seifker Williams Design Group, the trail’s design firm, are completing the infrastructure design, construction, and master planning efforts. Attendees had the first look at the initial design concepts for the trailheads, including structures, bike and pedestrian rest stops, restrooms, and other amenities planned along the trail.

“With the support from our partners at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the design team, we are making great progress on the trail in record time and learning more than we originally imagined,” said Quyle. “Additional design plans will be released later this spring, and we are currently on track to open the municipal segments of the trail later this fall.”

Other important events were scheduled in coordination with the stakeholder’s luncheon, including a reception and dinner to renew the relationship between the Radius region and both the Consulate and JETRO Chicago, and a breakfast networking event for the local mayors, the region’s economic development leaders, and Japanese officials. 

If you are interested in attending Radius Indiana’s Stakeholder Meeting next year, please contact the Radius office at (812) 277-9778.

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ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of Southwest Central Indiana to drive attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.

Crane Leadership provides annual report highlighting growth and collaboration

By: Matt Craig, Director of Crane Community Support for Radius Indiana

 

The annual “State of the Installation Address” provides an opportunity for Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane to share Team Crane’s strategic goals and any operational changes or proposed construction projects that may impact the community. NSA Commander Luis G. Martinez provided the keynote address, briefing the White River Military Coordination Alliance and the Crane Regional Defense Group on the installation successes over the past year, as well as current and upcoming projects for NSA Crane, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC), and Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA).

Cmdr. Martinez’s address included the following key updates about the installation, highlighting strategic goals, a workforce overview, and upcoming opportunities for community collaboration:

  • Strategic goals: NSA Crane will continue to focus on community outreach as a pillar of its strategy and modernize the installation. NSWC was noted as being more valued and relevant than at any time in its history and is positioned for an abundance of growth opportunities, and CAAA continues to ensure that warfighters always have the ammunition they need.
  • Future mission growth: NSA Crane will implement a regional engagement strategy to enhance relationships with community support organizations. NSWC is awaiting the highly anticipated WestGate One facility to support the growing trusted microelectronics and hypersonics efforts, and CAAA is participating in strategic planning processes.
  • Infrastructure and modernization: In 2024, CAAA anticipates more than $58 million of outside funding for modernization efforts and new facilities to support their employees. For NSWC, a new radiation test facility was completed in 2023 and three more facilities will break ground in 2024. NSA, in partnership with NAVFAC, will execute a horizontal infrastructure improvement plan to address the electrical distribution system, water, and natural gas pipeline replacement.
  • Workforce, job trends, and skills: The total on-base population is approximately 6,100, with that number projected to grow three to five percent over the next five years through increased involvement at career fairs both virtually and in-person, social media postings, direct hiring authorities and engagement with direct commands.
  • Opportunities for educational collaboration: Partnerships with Indiana, Purdue and Vincennes Universities, as well as Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, work to fill the job pipeline and keep the installation relevant to graduates.
  • Community partnership and requests for support: Team Crane has plans to identify opportunities to engage in the communities, specifically in ways that will help fill the talent pipeline locally and provide jobs to local youth after high school and secondary education.

As one of the largest employers in Southern Indiana, Team Crane plays an important role in the economies of our communities. Continued collaboration is key to building a strong relationship between community leaders and the public with those working inside the gates at Crane to make the most of opportunities that benefit our region.

Radius Indiana, design teams present the Monon South Trail Annual Report to the Communities

SALEM, Ind. (Feb. 2, 2024) — Leaders from southern Indiana gathered at the first “Monon South Annual Report to the Communities” hosted by Radius Indiana to learn about the latest developments in the creation of the Monon South Trail, slated to span nearly 60 miles through Lawrence, Orange, Washington, and Clark counties.

Through the state’s Next Level Trails program, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources awarded $23.4 million to Radius Indiana, the region’s economic development partnership, to facilitate the purchase and trail creation of a railbanked CSX railway corridor. Along with additional funding from the READI program, the design and initial construction of phase 1 of the trail began in 2023.

As part of the Annual Report, Jeff Quyle, president and CEO of Radius, shared information on the projects and programs already in progress. To date, existing rail and crossties have been removed, road crossings have been improved, and the rail bed is being prepared for trail construction.

“We have seen a lot of progress during the first year of development for the Monon South and we are actively pursuing additional grant funding for phases 2 and 3,” said Quyle. “The engagement of our local leaders has been vital to our success, and this first report to the communities is a way to ensure that those leaders, who are our partners, supporters, and owners of this monumental project, continue to be involved and informed.”

Several initiatives to engage the communities along the trail are also underway. Cities and towns will be invited to participate in public art programs, which will add local touches to the trail corridor, and hundreds of residents have attended public meetings to give input on the design, location of trailheads, amenities, and sustainability of the trail. 

In addition, Radius partnered with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Land at Indiana University to develop park master plans to enhance and strengthen each community’s connectivity and engagement with the Monon South. In fall 2023, Radius launched a crowdfunding campaign, securing $50,000 to restore a historic boxcar located near the future trail in downtown Salem. And coming in 2024, Radius will work with downtowns connected to the trail to create the state’s first regional Mainstreet Program to encourage downtown revitalization and open opportunities for state funding and assistance.

Ryan Hughes from Clark Dietz, the lead civil engineering firm, and Ron Taylor from Taylor Seifker Williams Design Group, the trail’s design firm, gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Monon South’s infrastructure design, construction, and master planning efforts. Attendees had the first look at the initial design concepts for trailhead structures, bike and pedestrian rest stops, restrooms, and other amenities planned along the trail.

Orleans Clerk-Treasurer and Executive Director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce Robert Henderson was in attendance and has been following the Monon South from its inception, “I am excited about all of the energy and effort being put in along the corridor. This event really showed all of the thought and detail that has gone into the work, and I appreciate Radius putting together this forum to allow us to stay up-to-date and engaged. I was interested to learn more about future funding and grant opportunities that will help bring the trail to life,” he added.

Radius plans to hold this event each year to share construction progress and new community developments for the Monon South. To learn more, visit www.mononsouth.com and follow Monon South Trail on Facebook

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ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of the region to drive attraction, retention, and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.

Radius holds final board meeting of 2023, votes in new slate of officers for 2024

BEDFORD, Ind. (Dec. 20, 2023) – Radius Indiana’s Board of Directors announced new members as well as a new set of officers at its final meeting of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the French Lick Resort.

The board also ratified its 2024 budget that outlines opportunities for the organization and the region to maximize Radius’ current programs and initiatives that it currently supports. 

These funding activities include ongoing strong support for tourism marketing through the Discover Southern Indiana brand, the development of multiple aspects of the Monon South Trail, Radius’ business retention and expansion program, the continued evolution of Choose Southern Indiana’s population attraction incentive program, and further support for Naval Support Activity Crane and the Crane Regional Defense Group.

“Radius is excited to dedicate its 2024 budget to continue to grow and support the wide array of programs we’ve developed to help expand our communities’ ecosystems throughout southern Indiana,” said Jeff Quyle, president and CEO of Radius Indiana. “We are looking forward to new opportunities in 2024, specifically in defense, tourism and workforce attraction.”

During the meeting, the board also elected a new slate of officers for 2024. The 2024 Radius Board officers includes: 

  • Chair Jeff Pipkin, Hoosier Energy
  • Vice Chair Bryant Niehoff, Uplands Science and Technology Foundation
  • Secretary Heather Setser, Lake Patoka Marina
  • Treasurer Brent Sternberg, German American Bank
  • Executive Committee members Shance Sizemore, Lawrence County Economic Growth Council; Sam Craig, Mayor of Bedford; and Paul Quick, Smithville.

Four Radius board members were recognized as retiring board members. Former Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, Justin Green (Mayor of Salem), Bryan Brackemyre (Indiana Municipal Power Agency), and Shanni Simmons (Vincennes University) were honored with a proclamation for their service on the board. 

Special recognition was given to former Radius CEO and current board Chair, Becky Skillman, as she retires after more than 10 years of service to the organization. Quyle thanked Skillman for her passion and dedication to the region, and noted her immeasurable impact throughout her tenure.

“It’s been a true honor and my absolute pleasure to serve on the Radius Indiana board for the past decade,” said Skillman. “I have no doubt the organization is in great hands moving forward and will continue to lead the state in groundbreaking regional economic development achievements.”

The meeting also featured guest speaker Matthew W. Finn, chief economist at 1834, a division of Old National Bank. In his role, he is responsible for the company’s economic outlook, asset allocation guidance and portfolio management. Finn provided insight into the current state of the economy, future trends and areas of opportunity, emphasizing how labor markets have entered a new and persistent reality of tightness that does not appear to be headed toward loosening in the near future.. 

Radius will hold its annual stakeholder luncheon in February 2024. More details will be available early in the new year.

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ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of the region to drive attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.

Radius Indiana opens registration for Elected Officials Economic Development Webinar Series

BEDFORD, Ind. (Dec. 18, 2023) — Radius Indiana announced earlier this week that registration is now open for its economic development webinar series for elected officials. 

Hosted by Radius Indiana, the Elected Officials Economic Development Webinar Series is a virtual, free, region-wide economic development course for elected officials, both newly-elected and incumbents. Radius created this four-week seminar, which will specifically target the policy and educational needs of elected officials, as an extension of Radius’s Economic Development for Community Leadership Program. 

The weekly series is intended to strengthen leadership and collaboration in area counties, cities and towns, and aligns with Radius Indiana’s strategic focus to serve as an educational leader for economic development. “Local elected officials can be extremely valuable partners in local economic development once they understand the policies and programs they can use to make their communities’ local economies stronger,” said Radius Indiana President and CEO Jeff Quyle. 

The sessions include economic development experts, marketing consultants, and legal advisors. Speakers and sessions include:

  • January 10 | Use of Economic Development Incentives with Matt Eckerle, Baker Tilly;
  • January 17 | Site Development and Utility Partners in Economic Development with Chelsey Manns, Manns Consulting;
  • January 24 | Excelling at Existing Business Retention & Expansion and The Art of Business Attraction, with Jason Hester, Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation and Jim Plump, Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation;
  • January 31 | Focusing on Quality of Place, Tourism and Talent Attraction with Blaine Parker, Kristal Painter and Jeff Quyle.

“We are excited to continue our economic development course and believe that the virtual format encourages participation from all corners of the region,” explained Quyle. “Being a leader in education is a big part of who Radius is an organization, and we are grateful to our speakers who will continue to build the skills and knowledge of our local elected officials.”

This event is sponsored by Duke Energy, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, and Hoosier Energy.

Click here to register for the course, or visit www.radiusindiana.com.

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ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of the region to drive attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.

White River Military Coordination Alliance celebrates five year anniversary

By: Matt Craig, Director of Crane Community Support for Radius Indiana

The White River Military Alliance celebrated five years of accomplishments this past November with a luncheon that brought together state and local leaders, stakeholders from five counties, defense representatives, and the leadership of Naval Support Activity Crane. Keynote speakers highlighted the organization’s accomplishments and monumental impact on the southern Indiana defense ecosystem.

The Alliance was formed in 2018 to promote positive development and growth in the communities that surround NSA Crane. Since its establishment, it has created a model for connectivity between military installations and their surrounding communities by initiating a direct line of communication focused on mutual benefit.

As the third largest US Navy base in the world, NSA Crane covers 64,000 acres and employs nearly 6,200 people, making its daytime population larger than many of the communities that surround the base. The local and military members of the Alliance recognize that the mutual well-being of Crane and the neighboring communities is critical for continued growth of the region’s defense economy.

Over the past five years, WRMCA worked to address the 87 recommendations that were identified in a 2017 Joint Land Use Study, a collaborative planning initiative undertaken by state or local government in partnership with a military installation to protect and preserve military readiness and defense capabilities while supporting continued community growth and economic
development.

The Alliance is proud to say that it is nearly 90 percent through that list. Major accomplishments since 2017 include formalizing a Commitment to Improve Communication and Collaboration between the installation and the communities, and a 911 Emergency Dispatch Agreement to coordinate and transfer 911 calls originating from NSA Crane from the county Dispatch Centers to the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Dispatch Center. Additionally, a Conservation Incentive Toolkit was designed to identify opportunities for land conservation in the communities that neighbor Crane and Lake Glendora, and this program was nationally recognized during the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program in 2020.

Most recently, the Alliance, in partnership with the Southern Indiana Development Commission, was awarded nearly $500,000 to develop two separate initiatives in the southern Indiana region. A Regional Resilience Master Plan will work to identify the effect of projected climate scenarios on shared critical infrastructure that may impact mission readiness and help to understand shared vulnerabilities and risks both inside and outside NSA Crane and Lake Glendora Test Facility boundaries. In addition, a housing coalition will be created to grow the pool of local development talent to increase residential options for those living near the local military installations.

The Alliance still has a lot to look forward to, including program implementation on projects such as Intergovernmental Support Agreements, the Southern Indiana Sentinel Landscape, and military compatibility alongside the Indiana Defense Task Force. Radius applauds WRMCA for the achievements it has reached over the last five years and looks forward to the continuing partnership in the years to come.

Radius Indiana reaches fundraising goal for Monon South Trail – Salem Trailhead Boxcar Restoration

BEDFORD, Ind. (Dec. 8, 2023) –  Radius Indiana will receive a $25,000 matching grant to restore an original L&N 40 boxcar as part of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA) CreatINg Places program. Over 90 donors contributed $25,000 for the boxcar through the Patronicity online crowd-funding platform, which enabled the project to receive the grant funds that will be used for the restoration of the new Salem Monon South trailhead landmark.

Radius will repurpose the boxcar for the community’s use at the Salem trailhead on the Monon South Trail and restore it to its original appearance. The downtown Salem trailhead will be located just two blocks from the Salem Courthouse Square and will provide a welcoming location for both local residents and trail visitors to enjoy downtown Salem’s attractions.

“This boxcar will become a local landmark for trail users as they visit Salem in the coming years,” said Jeff Quyle, president and CEO of Radius Indiana. “We look forward to providing this unique, attractive memorial to mark the importance of the railroad in Salem history.”

Renovations are expected to be completed in 2024 and more information about a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be available in the future.

Since the CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $9.4 million in public funds and an additional $7.7 million in matching IHCDA funds. The program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and local units of government are eligible to apply. Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should it successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.

Several communities in the Radius region have used the Patronicity program for crowd-funding to participate in CreatINg place program in recent years, helping to provide invaluable assistance in investing in quality of place for rural communities. The boxcar project is the first time Radius Indiana has participated in the program.

For updates on the boxcar restoration and the Monon South Trail Project, please visit www.mononsouth.com and follow Monon South Trail on Facebook.

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ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane. It leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of Southwest Central Indiana to drive attraction, retention, and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.