Competing for a Grant


A watermelon  bus slowed traffic in Vincennes, Monday.

But it wasn’t full of melons, but group members from the Indiana Stellar Communities Program.

Vincennes is competing with two other communities, for funding to make improvements to the city’s downtown.

Something locals are excited to see. 

“All these new things just means growth for our city,” Lindsey Sparks said 

For Vincennes natives and high school students, Lindsey Sparks and Brandon Turner, the grant would help bring visitors of all ages to their city. 

“If this were to happen, if we were to actually get this grant it would be everything.” Brandon Turner said. “We’d just be so happy and so thankful for like I said not just for us but everyone would end up happy and everybody would benefit so it would be a great thing.” 

“There’s a lot of great things that are coming and it makes me want to stay here whenever I graduate,” Sparks said.  

The day started with a tour of points of interest, as well as the six  project sites that would benefit from the grant. Those include, a new park at second and main, river view housing, an extension to the river walk, an overlook on the river walk trail, and more. 
The group then ended at the National Historical Park for refreshments and q and a with Mayor Joe Yochum. 

“It was neat to be able show them exactly the sites and what we are going to turn these sites into, to get their reaction,” Major Joe Yochum said. “And I think for the most part they were very excited about it as well. 

And even if the city doesn’t win the grant, Mayor Yochum is confident the projects will be completed. 

“If for some reason we do not receive Stellar, obviously we will we apply again next year,” Yochum said. “I think the momentum and the excitement is there. We’ve got things moving and we are going to keep it moving.” 

The committee has two more towns to visit before they decide who gets the grant. And then the final choice will be announced on October 18th. Until then, Vincennes will just have to wait and see.

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