The Crane Regional Defense Group is starting a new Key Leader Series on Aug. 12, featuring Dr. Angie Lewis, Technical Director at NSWC Crane.
The free event runs from 11:30-12:30 p.m. at the WestGate Academy, 13598 E. WestGate Drive in Odon, Indiana. Lunch will be provided.
Click here for more info and to register!
At the July 21 Bloomington Council meeting, results from the 2021 Community Survey were presented. Among the key findings:
Read the full report here. Watch the consultant's presentation to council on CATS here.
The Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) is seeking input on the draft 2022-26 Transportation Improvement Program.
You can submit comments directly to BMCMPO staff by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Technical Advisory and Citizens Advisory Committees will meet Aug. 25 to recommend adoption of the draft TIP, which the Policy Committee will vote to adopt Sept. 10.
Read the draft document here.
The City of Bloomington has scheduled four blocks of online "office hours" for residents to discuss proposed annexation. Staff will be available at these times via this Zoom link:
Monroe County is also holding several forums to discuss annexation. Read more about those here.
The Bloomington Council will hold a public hearing on annexation at their Aug. 4 meeting starting at 3 p.m. The council is expected to vote on Sept. 15. More about the city's annexation process here.
Four meetings are scheduled to review a consultant's report that Monroe County commissioned regarding proposed City of Bloomington annexation.
The consultant, Baker Tilly, will make an initial presentation of its report to the Monroe County Council on Tuesday, July 27. That meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. via this Zoom link. In addition, the report will be presented at there public forums:
Two workshops focused on soft skills, including applying and interviewing for jobs, will be offered this month through a partnership of WorkOne, My Sister’s Closet, Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), and the City of Bloomington’s Banneker Community Center and Department of Economic & Sustainable Development.
The July 22 workshop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. will be held at MCUM, 827 W. 14th Court (next to Tri-North Middle School).
The workshop on Saturday, July 24 will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Banneker Community Center, 930 W. 7th St.
Free childcare will be provided for children over three. Participants will receive a free bag of groceries and a $10 gift certificate to My Sister's Closet. More info here.
United Way of Monroe County, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and the South Central Housing Network (SCHN) have released the “Heading Home 2021: A Regional Plan for Making Homelessness Rare, Brief, and Non-Repeating.” This plan is intended serve as a community guide to support long-term initiatives in reducing and eliminating regional housing insecurity and homelessness in Monroe County.
The plan focuses on the Housing First model, a broad philosophy to house people impacted by homelessness as quickly as possible. Having stable housing creates a foundation that better equips households to address the underlying issues that resulted in housing insecurity and/or homelessness.
Recommendations include creating two full-time positions, housed initially at the United Way, to help implement the plan. Organizers are seeking funding from the City of Bloomington, Monroe County and other sources.
Read the Heading Home 2021 report here.
The City of Bloomington has released survey results showing preferences for how to spend American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that the city is receiving.
Of the 147 responses, priorities were: 36% housing insecurity, 31% public infrastructure, 23% jobs/economic recovery, and 10% city revenue replacement. The choice of these "bucket" categories had already been determined by the city.
Read more about the survey here.
The City of Bloomington is seeking responses to an RFQ (request for qualifications) for managing the Waldron Art Center. The deadline to respond is 12 p.m. on Friday, August. 13.
The city wants an entity "to manage the city-owned facility as an arts center for no less than five years, embrace the facility’s core users (including WFHB, community artists, and arts organizations), conduct joint marketing efforts with these stakeholders, lead fundraising activities, maintain the structure and its building systems, and actively pursue community outreach for diversity and to build audiences."
Read the RFQ here.
Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County, a program co-sponsored by the Indiana University Alumni Association and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce – is accepting applications for the 2021-22 cohort. The deadline to apply is Sept. 17.
The 7-month program, which costs $1,000, includes classes every other Thursday from October through April. Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The course includes a small group project that addresses a community need or opportunity.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Director of Advocacy & Public Policy