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New For 2012!
- $20,000 to First Place!
- $2,500 to Second and Third Place!
Congratulations to Greenfield, Indiana - 2012 Back Home Again in Indiana Winners!
- The contest proceeds will be used to create two programs for local youth interested in automobiles and motor sports. The first scholarship will go to the Greenfield High School Super Mileage Club that designs and builds fuel efficient vehicles. Each year this winning club competes in the "Indiana Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Alliance" Super Mileage Challenge. The second scholarship will go to underprivileged Hancock County youth who wish to enroll in the Mark Dismore driving school of racing. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Hancock County Boys and Girls Club.
2012 Top Ten Finalists for the Back Home Again in Indiana program are, in alphabetical order:
In 2012, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is working with our community partners to make sure everyone gets a shot at participating:
Back Home Again In Indiana Decoration Thought Starts - The Next Chapter In "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing"
- Decades (30s, 40s, 50s, 60s).
- Speedway Icons (Pagoda, Scoring Pylon, Yard of Bricks, Milk, Borg Warner Trophy).
- General Race Decorations (flags and banners - black and white checkers).
- Snake Pit .
- Drivers (four time winners).
- Capture and bring to life words or themes inspired by IMS and the Indy 500.
- Example: Speed, “New Track Record,” The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, Snake Pit, Champions.
- Create a “Through the Years” theme around a specific element of the Indy 500.
- Show your town/community from 1911-2012 and tie in the evolution of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway simultaneously.
- Is your town directly linked to IMS History?
- Showcase Indy 500 souvenirs or collections that your community may have.
- Does your town/community have a race tradition? Recreate the tradition!
- Tell the story of “Hometown Heros” involved with the Indy 500 - drivers, team owners, pit crew members, etc.
- Does a company in your community have a unique tie to the Indianapolis 500?
PARTICIPATING TOWNS BEGINNING WITH A:
City Website: www.albion-in.org
Community Website: www.albionstarteam.org
Declaration of Monies: "The small Town of Albion will not settle for anything but 1st place! We are competing in the 2012 Back Home Again in Indiana contest again this year. Albion finished in the top 10 during the first annual event in 2011. This year we have many new events that will involve the entire community and occur during the months of April and May. As the events take place, new video will be published on the Super Town of Albion Revitalization (STAR) Team's website. The STAR Team will use the prize money to invest in projects and events that bring our community together in the heart of our downtown- at the courthouse square. The STAR Team organized in 2010 and had a very successful 2011 first year. We held First Friday events around the courthouse square and completed one facade project on a historic building with volunteers from the group. We also invested funds in two other facade projects. Our downtown is once again booming with life and our residents are excited. The STAR! Team brings together all ages of residents in our community. This year our Indy 500 events will range from elementary school racing carnivals, sweep through the mentally and physically challenged adults community, involve the local hospital and doctors offices conducting some friendly racing events, bring out the greatest spectacle in racing fans who are Nursing Home residents and include Racing for Resurrection services at our local churches. Be watching for details. See you at the finish line IMS. We will watch the other participating communities in our rear view mirrors!"
City Website: www.angolain.org
Community Website: http://www.GoAngolaIN.com/BackHomeAgain.html
Declaration of Monies: "The City of Angola says \"Cities & Towns....Start your Engines\"! We\'re ready to start our engines by entering the Indy 500 race to dedicate this celebration to our community and to win the prize! The City of Angola, Go Angola and the Enchanted Lakes Community Organization along with many more volunteers and sponsors wish to use this money to purchase new Christmas lights, garland and decorations for the Angola Downtown Historic District. The City of Angola\'s Christmas lights, garland and decorations are very old and worn out and this is the perfect opportunity for the City to give back to the community as a 2012 holiday present by replacing those Christmas decorations. Also, the City of Angola would like to sponsor some organizations that are heavily involved with the Indy 500 event for future downtown and community events, such as \"Easels on Maumee, future first Fridays, Car Cruise-ins, and Spooktacular, just to name a few events. The City of Angola and the other organizations involved put endless hours of volunteering to hold a Christmas event in the downtown by bringing Santa downtown, offered horse-drawn wagon rides, Kids ID, Hot Chocolate and snacks by the Masonic Lodge and, of course, photos with Santa. Our community had over 900 people in our downtown for three (3) Fridays just to see Santa and the Christmas Decorations come alive. We\'ll be teaming up with organizations to hold a Pinewood Derby, Sidewalk Sales, Easels on West Maumee, wandering musicians, art, food, Classic car cruise in, car-e-okie on the square, kids games on the courthouse lawn, chili cook-off and a downtown garage sale to help support our organizations. We will be the Angola #1 Car on the Track, and we\'ll see all of you at the races!"
City Website: www.townofamo.com
Community Website: http://www.facebook.com/townofamo
Declaration of Monies: "Amo is a small community with a population of approximately 400 people. The center of our community is the Community Building. This facility is used for many events throughout the year, some of which are, weekly blue grass festivals, chili suppers, euchre parties, haloween parties, and many other events held by families and the local churches. The community building is in need of updating and many repairist to make it more energy efficient as well as more eye appealing. If we were to be awarded the $25,000 the money would be used to help upgrade our Community Building."
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City Website: www.batesvilleindiana.us
Community Website: http://www.facebook.com/BatesvilleIndy500
Declaration of Monies: "The funds will go towards the construction of a public facility in the downtown area that will include public restrooms, a trailhead, and and informational kiosk about the city and the surrounding area. This will also include a recognition to George Schebler, inventor of the carburetor. "
City Website: www.townofbethanyin.wordpress.com
Community Website: http://townofbethanyin.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/bethany-celebrates-the-indy-500/
Declaration of Monies: "The Town of Bethany is excited to participate in the Back Home Again In Indiana programs celebrating the Greatest Spectacle in Racing the Indianapolis 500. While Bethany is a very small town, our residents have big hearts, and community spirit! The funds won would benefit the Town of Bethany by providing parks equipment, and assist in beautification of our small town in Morgan County. Thank you for this opportunity! The Town of Bethany "
City Website: www.bloomfieldcoc.com
Community Website: www.facebook.com/Bloomfield500Celebration
Declaration of Monies: "Our town will use approximately $13,000 of the grand prize money to sponsor a summer-long revitalization program for downtown Bloomfield in conjunction with a team from Ball State University's Architecture program. A community-based project team will work with community and business leaders, stakeholders and residents of Bloomfield to develop a "Comprehensive Redevelopment Initiative" for the downtown and surrounding areas. This strategy will concentrate on re-energizing the downtown and provide a vision and roadmap for the future. The remainder of the award monies will go toward further establishing Bloomfield Community Revitalization's Main Street Program, with aims to enhance the downtown area, strengthen existing businesses and agencies, entice new businesses to Bloomfield, and create a more comprehensive and inviting atmosphere for residents to enjoy."
City Website: www.brownsburg.org
Community Website: www.facebook.com/BrownsburgBackHomeAgainInIndiana
Declaration of Monies: "Brownsburg would use the prize money to help fund future community improvement projects through the Brownsburg Community Matching Grants fund in the Hendricks County Community Foundation."
City Website: www.brownstownchamber.org
Declaration of Monies: "The grand prize money would be used for continuing or enhancing a multi-use trail that connects the Jackson County History Center to the Jackson County Fairgrounds which is the home of the Brownstown Speedway. A memorial in Dan Wheldon's honor will be constructed along the trail."
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City Website: www.connersvillecommunity.com/
Community Website: www.facebook.com/Indy500TeamConnersville
Declaration of Monies: "Connersville has been part of the Indy 500 since the beginning and we are excited to be spotlighting this history throughout our community. Residents have been busy collecting old pictures and reminiscing about the past as they prepare to celebrate Connersville’s 200th birthday in 2013. Connersville has one of the richest automotive histories of any city in Indiana, and we have been no stranger to the Indianapolis 500 race. From the McFarlan’s debut in the inaugural race to Stant’s contingency sponsorship for almost 40 years, we have a lot to showcase. With the $20,000 prize we would like to make this part of our history a permanent part of our future. We will use a portion of the money to have murals added to our downtown buildings. The first is a “Welcome to Connersville” painting on Central Avenue highlighting some of our great accomplishments including our history with the Indianapolis 500. The second mural will be a recreation of a scene from the first 500 mile race including the number 23 and 24 McFarlans. The remaining portion of the prize money will be used to finish improvements to our downtown square and pocket park. Our ten day Bicentennial celebration will be filled with parades and activities held in the center of downtown which is currently in need of new sidewalks and landscaping."
PARTICIPATING TOWNS BEGINNING WITH E:
City Website: www.elwoodcity-in.org
Community Website: www.elwood-in.com
Declaration of Monies: "Let's go for a swim! The City of Elwood is working hard to see that the city pool is opened this summer. We have partnered with the Elwood YMCA to see that this dream becomes a reality. The Elwood Community Council has also joined in the efforts of this project. We can\'t do this alone. We need your help! The entire community has joined together to see that the $50,000 needed to reopen the pool is raised. The Elementary School students have even worked hard to invest in their future. They had a penny war and raised $3,500. They are so excited knowing that the pool will be opened. The pool has been closed for several years and the facility is run down. A new roof is need for the bath house among many other repairs. The $25,000 would help the City of Elwood reopen the pool and see that it stays open for years to come. \"Many people have asked the question, Why do you want to open the pool? My answer to this is simple, it\'s all about our children. Elwood is my hometown! I remember all of the great activities that were available to us when we were kids. One favorite past time is visiting the Elwood Swimming Pool! I want the children of Elwood to have the opportunity to enjoy their hot summer days and what better way to do that than at the pool. We must have activities available to our youth. After all, they are the future of this community!\" - Mayor Ron E. Arnold "
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City Website: www.fishers.in.us
Declaration of Monies: "The Town of Fishers is currently under construction on a Downtown Revitalization project that is aimed at creating a vibrant, cultural hometown destination in our community. The work includes a new amphitheatre in our municipal complex, infrastructure upgrades, and a multi-use trail system known as the Nickel Plate Trail. An important component toward creating a sense of place is branding and way-finding signage. Fishers will use the $25,000 to implement a comprehensive downtown signage plan, which will identify the new Nickel Plate District, provide directional signage for the pedestrian and vehicular traffic, indicate historical sites, and ultimately enhance economic development opportunities. A downtown without signage is like the Indy 500 without racing flags. Our branding and directional signage would serve as our green, white, and checkered flags to guide Fishers residents and visitors alike."
City Website: www.townoffowler.com
Community Website: http://www.facebook.com/townoffowler
Declaration of Monies: "May 27th, 2012. Time: 10:20 a.m. Two lanes headed south to Indianapolis, 100 miles away. One stop light in the entire county and it falls in the center of Fowler. It serves as the starting line for the race. Holding steady while the light is red, clenching the wheel and revving the engine. The light turns green and off they go!! Racing down US 52, both sides lined with checkered flags and fans waving their arms. It’s a race to the finish line…..Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On May 27th a massive amount of people will be driving through the small town of Fowler, Indiana to make their way to the Indy 500. Fowler has a population of approximately 2,400 people and is located 100 miles from Indianapolis and 100 miles from Chicago. The Town of Fowler could finish multiple on-going projects if awarded this generous prize of $20,000. Projects might include a decorative fence along US 52, two community gathering areas/parks located downtown on empty lots where buildings have been torn down, a parking lot for our 72 year old historical theater, or completion of the final phase of our walking path in the town park. This prize would help the town reach some of its beautification goals and enhance the lives of its hometown spectators. The Town of Fowler would be honored to cross the finish line as champions in this contest and receive the checkered flag. "
City Website: cityoffrankfort.net
Community Website: www.accs.net/mainstreet
Declaration of Monies: Our community is currently undergoing a feasability study to determine our needs to complete a Master Plan. Should our community win the grand prize money, we would determine the best use of the money based on the outcome of the study.
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City Website: www.greenfieldin.org
Declaration of Monies: "In Greenfield, we honor our Hometown Heroes and our Indiana Racing Tradition, past, present and future. Our Heroes span from James Whitcomb Riley's friendship with Carl Fisher, founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to Mark Dismore, 7-time Indy 500 driver, to our many 500 volunteers, and to our youth of today involved in automobiles and motorsports. To secure that Racing Tradition future, Greenfield will create 2 scholarship programs for local youth interested in automobiles and motorsports. The first will go to the Greenfield High School Super Mileage Club that designs and builds fuel efficient vehicles. Each year this Winning Club competes in the 'Indiana Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Alliance' Super Mileage Challenge. The second scholarship will go underpriveleged Hancock County youth enrolled at the Mark Dismore driving school of racing. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Hancock County Boys and Girls Club."
City Website: www.cityofgreensburg.com
Community Website: www.gogreensburg.org
Declaration of Monies: "We hope to win first prize to develop a mini-park at Lincoln and Main Streets in the heart of the community. Right now, it is a veritable yard of signs. We plan to utilize the funds to develop a community sigh. Our facebook page has begun to take shape: https://www.facebook.com/GoGreensburg. We anticipate a twitter account will be ready when the website is launched."
PARTICIPATING TOWNS BEGINNING WITH L:
City Website: www.lakestation-in.gov
Community Website: https://www.facebook.com/lake.station
Declaration of Monies: New baseball fields for the Field of Dreams Project.
PARTICIPATING TOWNS BEGINNING WITH M:
City Website: www.milan-in-gov.net
Declaration of Monies: "Lighting for town park, new business doors/windows program, paint program"
PARTICIPATING TOWNS BEGINNING WITH N:
City Website: www.newhavenin.org
Community Website: www.facebook.com/newhaven500
Declaration of Monies: "Any prize monies from this contest would be used to complete the renovations and improvements of the Veteran's Memorial in Schnelker Veteran's Memorial Park in New Haven."
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City Website: www.cityofrensselaer.com
Declaration of Monies: Rensselaer would be thrilled to utilize the $20,000 proceeds that would fund two projects from our Downtown Revitalization Plan. Those projects include 1)four new Back Home Again in Rensselaer entry signs, and 2)the refurbishing of the perimeter of an important downtown parking lot. As you read below you will note the link between the IMS and Rensselaer is the song Back Home Again In Indiana written by James Hanley. The City of Rensselaer, in conjunction with Main Street Rensselaer, is completing the downtown Hanley Pocket Park honoring James Hanley who wrote Back Home Again in Indiana. The historic site includes a State historic marker flanked by brick columns, with limestone caps, iron fence and landscaped beds. Due to Mr. Hanley being Rensselaer\'s favorite son, it seemed only fitting that we use Back Home Again for our new branding initiative for the city. With this in mind, the Hanley theme will be placed on our four new Rensselaer entry signs which act as a gateway to our city. One of the four old entrance signs was destroyed in a recent tornado, so the time is right for replacements. The four entrance signs will emulate the same design of the brick and iron fence with the greeting, Back Home Again in...Rensselaer. The signs will give a wonderful welcome to new businesses interested in our community as well as visitors and tourists. What better way to welcome our residents back home! One-half block from Hanley Park is the Front Street parking lot, which is in desperate need of a facelift. A portion of the winning proceeds would permit the City to enhance the perimeter of the parking lot consistent with that of Hanley Park, i.e. the same brick columns/iron fence/landscaped beds. More importantly, this parking lot is the only parking area which accesses the historic bridge over the Iroquois River into Austin Park. This summer, a $1 million Transportation Enhancement grant project will upgrade Auston Park turning it into the centerpiece of our historic downtown. In summary, both projects will have a positive, long-term impact on the City of Rensselaer.
PARTICIPATING TOWNS BEGINNING WITH S:
City Website: www.townofspeedway.org
Community Website: www.facebook.com/SpeedwayMoreThanADayInMay
Declaration of Monies: "The Town of Speedway began a new Parks & Recreation program this year. We will be offering a wide variety of programs for all in our community. There will be something for everyone of all ages and abilities ranging from gymnastics, ballroom dancing, computers 101, movie night in the park and a summer concert series in our parks. The award of $25,000 would benefit our programs by helping us pay for equipment, upgrades and instructors. We are very excited about our new pgram and all it will bring to the residents in our great town."
City Website: www.townofstilesville.org
Community Website: www.townofstilesville.org
Declaration of Monies: "Our town sidewalks are in need of repair and replacement. This project is not possible with the budget that the town is given. This money would repair or replace over half of the sidewalks in town."
City Website: www.sunmanchamber.org
Community Website: www.sunmanchamber.org
Declaration of Monies: "The Town of Sunman may be small in number (1049), but we are mighty in our dedication. With the combined efforts of the Sunman Town Council, town employees and the Sunman Area Chamber of Commerce, we plan to make our hometown a shining example of Hoosier spirit! Our plans for the winnings would include improvements to our community park and general streetscape throughtout the town. As the park is the gathering place for our fund-raising events, it is in need of a playground.
PARTICIPATING TOWNS BEGINNING WITH V:
City Website: www.brickyardtobrickyard.com
Community Website: www.brickyardtobrickyard.com
Declaration of Monies: "In 1909 The Wabash Clay Company of Veedersburg was contracted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) to provide the bricks for what was to become the famous Indy Brickyard 500. At that time, Veedersburg had a thriving brickyard that shipped pavers by rail to Indianapolis. With this significant connection to The Indy 500 Race, Veedersburg is participating in the Back Home Again in Indiana contest sponsored by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Veedersburg Redevelopment Committee worked with Triad Associates to create a long-term plan for transforming the town of just over 2100 residents. Though The Plan addresses significant infrastructure needs, the Veedersburg Revitalization Association (VRA) builds upon that foundation to address issues that focus more on aesthetics, a critical factor in making a community appealing. The VRA motto has been “Rebuilding Veedersburg One Brick at a Time.” Projects coordinate with the overall Redevelopment Plan when funds become available. Monies from the IMS Back Home in Indiana Contest would be used in four areas. 1. In the past, the community has provided planters in the downtown area. However, they are in disrepair. VRA would like to coordinate with our theme of “Rebuilding Veedersburg One Brick at a Time” and our IMS theme of “Brickyard to Brickyard” by having planters built from original bricks. 2. A multi-use trail was just recently completed along what had been the former New York Central Railway. This was the railway that transported the Speedway bricks from Veedersburg to Indianapolis. IMS funds would be used to create a mini park at the trail’s entrances. The main entrance is near the old depot that now houses the Veedersburg War Museum. The trail needs at least four signs along main streets, a couple of picnic tables, benches at both ends of the trail, and trash containers. 3. Additionally, the trail crosses three bridges. Currently there are no safety rails on the bridges. These funds would be used to make the trail more appropriate for families with young children and those with disabilities. 4. Some of the downtown facades need attention to help spruce up the city. Since the properties are privately owned, the VRA would like to offer four (4) grants to be used as incentives for property owners to make exterior renovations. Interested parties would submit proposals and a committee would select four recipients that would be reimbursed for up to $500 each. It is anticipated that these funds will create a larger impact than the amount of money granted. In the event that any funds would remain after these four (4) activities, they would be used to support community beautification projects through local youth groups such as 4-H clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, school organizations and/or church youth groups. This is in keeping with our philosophy that we rebuild our community one brick at a time; one generation at a time. To convince IMS that Veedersburg is worthy of winning, during the month of April and May, residents and visitors will enjoy the following: 1. Downtown race-related decorations provided with funds from the VRA to include: a. Banner, flags and bunting installed on the recently renovated city-lights and sidewalks leading into the downtown area and more. b. Large banner over the main intersection c. Simulated brick planters (until brick planters can be contracted with IMS funds) d. Large historical mural being created by a local high school art student as selected by the art teacher. 2. Contests encouraging residents to participate a. Home Decorating Contest b. Business Decorating Contest c. Contest to Find the Official 500 Poster (Decal from packet) d. Elementary school coloring contest, etc 3. Community Activities a. Community Photo b. Community Clean up Days c. Displays of artifacts in Library d. Creation of video. The local high school media class is responding with a class project to create our video for submission. e. Displaying artifacts and collections from local individuals f. Creating a virtual museum on our website from local collections 4. Getting the news out, creating the excitement, and educating our historical connection to The Indy 500 the following have already been accomplished and will continue to grow. a. Articles in several local newspapers b. www.brickyardtobrickyard.com Website created with linkages to historical data and various pages of the Indy 500 website. c. Facebook: Brickyard to Brickyard d. Radio promos e. Working with our local schools f. Table tents distributed throughout area restaurants."
PARTICIPATING TOWNS BEGINNING WITH W:
City Website: www.mywaterlooindiana.com
Community Website: www.facebook.com/mywaterlooindiana
Declaration of Monies: "The $25,000 would be used to fund Veterans Memorial Park. This would fully fund phase 1 of the park which consists of 3 phases. The park would house a memorial to the people of Waterloo who have served in wars. The park would also include a playground, picnic area, BMX bike course and a skateboard park. The land is owned by the town of Waterloo and it's a project that is high on our priority list. Kids in Waterloo love to ride bikes and skateboard and this would give them a place to do this. We have plans to create leagues and invite other towns in the area to come and compete against the kids of Waterloo."