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The Harrison County Planning Initiative is a grassroots effort that aims to help each town in the county identify a strategic direction for their future. It was identified through the Harrison County Leadership Planning Initiative, and Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) realized the potential that could result from providing the resources for each town to dream big. This process starts at the local level and is driven by residents and businesses in each town – basically the people who know their town best!


This initiative, funded by both HCCF and Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) VII Implementation Grant, will assist each of the County’s ten incorporated towns to complete a Comprehensive Plan and an Asset Management Plan, as required by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). HCCF plans to initiate three comprehensive plans in 2021, four comprehensive plans in 2022, and three comprehensive plans in 2023. The overall schedule can be viewed on the Schedule & Process tab and individual community schedules can be found on the Town Plans tab.


The Harrison County Town Planning Initiative recognizes the vital role the ten incorporated communities play in inspiring positive transformation – economic, environmental, and social advancement in Harrison County. Our goal is to provide each community with a creative exercise that empowers you to think outside the box in identifying ways to enhance and improve the places in which you spend your time.


The ten communities involved in this Town Planning Initiative include Corydon, Crandall, Elizabeth, Laconia, Lanesville, Mauckport, Milltown, New Amsterdam, New Middletown, and Palmyra. Did you know the population of these communities range from 15 – 3,000 residents? In small towns like these, every voice is influential, every idea is valuable, every home is treasured, and every business is essential to the community’s ability to thrive. You are invited to inform, inspire, and implement your vision for the future! Find upcoming events in your community on the Town Plans page!


Comprehensive plans for Lanesville, New Middletown, and Laconia are currently starting! Check out the individual community pages for information.


Town of Palmyra - Public Engagement Opportunity # 1 - The project team hosted the first public engagement opportunity for the Town of Palmyra on May 19, 2022, at the Palmyra Community Center. Participants were asked to provide feedback at various stations in order to identify opportunities, challenges, and big ideas for the town’s future. For those unable to attend the in-person meeting, an online survey was made available and advertised through the town’s website, social media, and handouts. In addition to the meeting and online survey, community members shared feedback via the town Facebook group. Visit the Town page for more information!

HCCF receives Implementation Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. - The Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) has received a Community Leadership (Implementation) Grant of $90,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With the grant, the community foundation will provide resources and support for all 10 incorporated towns in Harrison County to create or update a Comprehensive Plan and an Asset Management Plan to leverage outside funding for infrastructure projects.

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  • Palmyra Public Event #1
    Thu, May 19
    Palmyra Community Center
    Join us on May 19th in Palmyra for the first public engagement opportunity! The meeting will start at 6:30 PM at the Palmyra Community Center. Come prepared to talk about the vision for the future!
  • New Middletown Public Event #2
    Thu, Mar 24
    New Middletown Town Hall
    It's time to review the draft vision and goals! The project team will be hosting an open house for the Town of New Middletown on March 24. Stop by town hall anytime between 5:00 and 6:30PM to learn about the process, share your ideas for the future of the town!
  • Lanesville Public Event #2
    Wed, Mar 23
    Lanesville Heritage Building
    Join us on March 23 at the Lanesville Heritage Building! The project team will be there to review the draft vision and goals from 6:00 – 7:30. Stop by to share your big ideas for the future of Lanesville!