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Bicentennial commission will endorse local projects for state’s birthday

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bicentennial Commission on Wednesday launched an effort to endorse local projects so they can be celebrated as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration in 2016. The Bicentennial Legacy Projects will be those in which communities partner with organizations on projects that are culturally inclusive, create a […]

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State adding 180 acres to Lincoln State Park

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lincoln State Park in Southern Indiana will be expanding its total size by 180 acres thanks to the Bicentennial Nature Trust. A dedication including Gov. Mike Pence will take place Wednesday at the park. The celebration will include a mile long hike called “Walk A Mile With Mike” in […]

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Pence brings together state, public lands for bicentennial conservation project

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has designated a new nature area running through Wayne, Union and Franklin counties that will be set aside for recreation and preservation as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration. The new Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Area brings together land held by the state and private owners. It extends […]

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Becky Skillman makes final appearance in Indiana Senate

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senators said a final goodbye to Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman on Thursday as she appeared on the rostrum for the last time after serving in the Senate for a dozen years and being the lieutenant governor for eight. Skillman’s position made her president of the Senate, although she could […]

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Skillman to take post with economic development group

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will become the new president and chief executive officer of a Southern Indiana economic development cooperative when she leaves office early next year. Skillman – who served two terms as the second in command under Gov. Mitch Daniels – will take over Radius Indiana, which represents […]

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New license plate celebrates Indiana bicentennial in 2016

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s new standard license plate will promote Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and former congressman Lee Hamilton – the co-chairs of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission – unveiled the new design Thursday. It will be one of two standard plate options for Indiana vehicle owners for […]

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State picks a dozen land projects, purchases for initial bicentennial program funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An inner city lake, several local trails, and wetlands areas are among the dozen spaces across Indiana chosen as the first Bicentennial Nature Trust projects under a program launched by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The projects will receive more than $2.3 million from the trust, which is funded through state […]

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Indiana communities receive $16 million in grants for projects

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Friday that 38 Hoosier communities will receive Community Focus Fund grants totaling $16.2 million. The grants are meant to help Indiana’s smaller cities and towns with long term development initiatives. The grant dollars fund projects such as sewer upgrades, new fire trucks, libraries and community […]

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Three Indiana communities receive downtown revitalization grants

By Suzannah Couch TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced Friday she will award three Indiana cities – Franklin, Jeffersonville and Batesville – with more than $226,000 each as part of the Main Street Revitalization Grant program. Jeffersonville and Franklin will receive $250,000, while Batesville will receive $226,546.90 for renovation projects in each city. […]

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Skillman will ask feds to declare all of Indiana a drought disaster

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman has asked the U.S Department of Agriculture to declare all 92 counties in Indiana as natural disaster areas. The announcement comes on the heels of a decision Wednesday, also by the USDA, to declare 14 additional counties as primary natural disaster areas. That […]

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