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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 New Middletown, Laconia, Corydon, and Mauckport are currently in progress! The Lanesville Plan has been completed and can be viewed on the town page. Check out the individual community pages for information.


Town of Corydon - On Thursday, November 17th the project team facilitated a work session with select individuals from the community to review the vision, goals, and big ideas for the future. The work session was held from 12:00 – 1:30pm at Town Hall. There were 11 people in attendance. The meeting agenda included an overview of the Harrison County Town Planning Initiative, highlights from the last public engagement opportunity, and then a discussion around the draft goals and big ideas. Review the meeting materials and summary on the town page.  

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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  • Mauckport Public Event #1
    Mon, Nov 07
    Mauckport Town Hall
    Join us on November 7 in Mauckport for the first public engagement opportunity! The open house will start at 5:00 PM at the Mauckport Town Hall. Come prepared to talk about the vision for the future!
  • Lanesville Adoption Meeting
    Tue, Oct 11
    Lanesville Town Hall
    Join us at the Lanesville town council meeting (town hall) on October 11 at 7:00 PM for a public meeting to discuss the draft plan.
  • New Middletown Open House #3
    Thu, Oct 06
    New Middletown Town Hall
    Join us for out LAST public open house! This is your final opportunity to provide input on the draft plan recommendations.
  • Palmyra Public Event #2 - PAL WOW FESTIVAL
    Fri, Sep 23
    Buffalo Trace Park
    This is your opportunity to review the big ideas for the future of Palmyra!
  • Corydon Public Event #1 - Corydon Farmers Market
    Fri, Jul 29
    Corydon Farmers Market
    Did you know the town is updating its comprehensive plan? Please join us at the Corydon Farmers Market to meet the project team, join the community conversation, and inspire the path forward! We would love to hear from you!
  • 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!