Enthusiasm for the process
The three-month planning process gathered hundreds of ideas through large-scale public events, arts stakeholder interviews and online activities. Implementation will forge community partnerships among artists, government, business, students and others, offering a place for all ages to gather, interact and find meaningful work.
The final plan includes three initiative themes and 34 specific actions. The Valparaiso Creative District vision is to be a place where the community comes together to create, explore, and celebrate arts, culture, and innovation.
Among 50 competitors—from 350 original submissions—The Valparaiso Creative District Plan earned the city a place as one of 15 semi-finalists in the America’s Best Communities competition.
Valparaiso will join the other 14 semi-finalists in Durham, North Carolina in late April 2016 to pitch the Creative District Plan to a panel of judges at the America’s Best Communities Summit. Of the 15 competing, 8 will be chosen during that event to receive $100,000 in grant money to begin implementing their plan over the following 11 months and will compete again for the grand prizes of up to 3 million dollars.
2016 Outstanding Plan Award
Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association