Greensburg looks to crowdfunding to beautify downtown

By Alexa Freeman
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Greensburg is turning to a crowdfunding campaign to beautify its downtown.

Main Street Greensburg is working with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to encourage the public to contribute $32,500 to the campaign. The IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program will match that money if they reach the goal by Feb. 17.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will help develop a plaza on the north bank of the Wabash River. The future Riverfront Plaza will be a gathering space, used for events and family fun. Photo provided by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will help develop a plaza on the north bank of the Wabash River. The future Riverfront Plaza will be a gathering space, used for events and family fun. Photo provided by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

Wendy Blake, the executive director at Main Street Greensburg, said the crowdfunding project will help make Greensburg a distinctive place.

A community can apply for a crowdfunding project with the IHCDA, which uses an online platform called Patronicity to manage the donations to the projects.

If the goal is reached, Main Street Greensburg plans to install three new murals, 11 trash or recycling containers, nine graphics to convey location and directions, and four benches in the heart of the community.

“The additional streetscape items are things we feel like we need here. It will aesthetically make our community better and we hope to inspire our community through the different murals and art,” Blake said. 

Greensburg is the third community that reached out to the IHCDA to launch a crowdfunding campaign.

Wabash was the first and successfully raised nearly $83,000, exceeding its $50,000 goal. The community has plans to develop a riverfront courtyard and steps to the Wabash River. The plaza would be used for events, community activities and family fun.

The Pre-Enactment Theater has so far raised almost $34,000 of its $50,000 goal. The theater wants to revitalize the neighborhood around 16th Street in downtown Indianapolis. The deadline is Feb. 15.

IHCDA developed CreatINg Places to assist cities in developing projects that help their communities, said Brad Meadows, the marketing and communications director at IHCDA.

“The beauty of this program is that communities are able to determine on their own what they feel is going to be a good-added amenity to their community and then sell it and really encourage their city leaders and community folks to donate,” Meadows said.

To donate to one of the Indiana community projects, visit Patronicity.com.

Patronicity does similar programs in Michigan and Massachusetts.

The IHCDA’s mission is to provide housing opportunities, promote self-sufficiency and strengthen communities.

Alexa Freeman is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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