Improving lives in Indiana

The Center for Rural Engagement connects the broad resources of IU Bloomington and its region through collaborative initiatives. The goal of the center is to improve the lives and opportunities of Hoosiers by working with partners to discover and deploy evidence-based, data-informed and scalable solutions to common challenges facing rural communities.

The center will connect with communities to build upon their many opportunities and assets, such as the natural beauty of the region; its family-friendly community culture; and its many economic and cultural resources.

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Map of Indiana, with 11 counties highlighted

The Center is beginning its work with these county partners of Southwest Central Indiana

  • Owen County
  • Greene County
  • Monroe County
  • Brown County
  • Lawrence County
  • Washington County
  • Orange County
  • Crawford County
  • Dubois County
  • Martin County
  • Daviess County

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Sustaining Hoosier Communities

Indiana University’s Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative forges durable, robust partnerships with local communities to explore challenges and identify opportunities that will enhance their unique economic, natural, physical, human, and cultural assets.

Based on a national model, this initiative allows IU Bloomington faculty and their students to explore these projects as part of existing courses, in partnership with local project leaders.

A pilot of the Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative is underway in Lawrence County, where local communities have identified over two dozen projects suitable for IU Bloomington faculty and their classes, across many disciplines, during the 2017–18 academic year. Orange County will be the next community partner during the 2018-19 academic year. For more information about this program, please contact

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Bringing together people, perspectives, and expertise:

  • State and local officials
  • County leaders and stakeholders
  • Private and nonprofit sectors
  • IU faculty, staff, and students
  • Citizens of all ages, including youth
  • Religious leaders
  • Teachers at every level
  • Professionals in every field

Help us find solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing Indiana and its communities