Union City in Randolph County is one of six communities named as finalists for the 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program.
Established in 2011, Stellar Communities provides resources for quality of place community improvements by utilizing previous planning efforts, leveraging existing assets, fostering regional investments, and stimulating continued growth for long-term relevance, according to a release from the state.
Finalist communities are separated into a division based on their population: Division 1, population of 6,000-50,000, and Division 2, population of 5,999 or less.
After evaluating the letters of interest, the top six communities were chosen as finalists for this year. Union City was a finalist for Division 2, along with the towns of Churubusco and Culver. Division 1 finalists are the cities of Greensburg, Madison and Vincennes.
Each finalist community, will receive a planning grant to either create or build upon existing local Strategic Investment Plans, detailing projects, partnerships, and proposed sources of funding. Site visits will then be conducted by the Stellar Team which is comprised of representatives from the partnering agencies who follow a standard agenda and set of questions. Later this summer, one community from each division will be named a 2017 Stellar Communities Designee.
Second Saturday, June 10
The Antique Mall celebrates 25 years of business in Union City on Saturday June 10th in downtown Union City at the corner of Columbia and Pearl Street. Opening at 10 a.m. gifts and surprises will be inside a bag and great bargains throughout the Antique Mall. Stop in to find that special treasure. The Corner Cupboard is also celebrating 25 years in business in downtown Union City and offering 25 percent off Storewide! Win prizes, and shop in this friendly locally owned store. Shop in the store and find special cards gifts, items from Concannon’s in Muncie and much, much more. It is exciting to see two long time small businesses in the downtown celebrating in the 25th anniversary. Also at noon, a Jazz Quintet from Ball State University under the director of Mark Buselli will perform until 3 p.m. Music entertainment is compliments of a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Randolph County.
The Corner Cupboard is also celebrating 25 years in business in downtown Union City and offering 25 percent off Storewide! Win prizes, and shop in this friendly locally owned store. Shop in the store and find special cards gifts, items from Concannon’s in Muncie and much, much more. It is exciting to see two long time small businesses in the downtown celebrating in the 25th anniversary.
Throughout downtown Second Saturday in the City will be celebrating as well. Vendors with treats, foods, crafts and more will be set up on the sidewalks. Stores in historic downtown Union City will be happy to have you visit and fill up the bags from the Preservation Society.
The Boy Scouts will be selling drinks, chips and hotdogs. Look for them or follow your nose. Luz Taco’s is another downtown location that has a fantastic market and authentic wonderful Mexican food. The Wesley United Church will have their food truck in town as well. They will have chicken tenders and tenderloins and French fries and drinks.
Customer Appreciation Open House celebrating their 4 year Anniversary is also on June 10 at Aukerman Auto Tire 321 N. Orange St. Union City, Indiana. Tour the new office, and enjoy snacks and giveaways.
Fresh asparagus, home baked bread, fresh eggs and much more all in downtown Union City on Saturday June 10. With five antique shops, and several businesses all locally owned downtown, an art gallery, the Art Hub, the Arts Depot and more opening soon Union City is the place to visit.
Don’t miss it June 10 in downtown historic Union City.
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Linda DeHaven is the new author of the weekly column Union City News for The Daily Advocate. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.