Rural Communities Asked to Form Teams for 5th Annual La Porte County Rural Summit

By: Caitlin Vanlaningham Last Updated: March 19, 2012

megaphoneThe 5th annual La Porte County Rural Summit will be held on April 14, and the 16 rural communities in La Porte County are being asked to form teams to send to the Summit.  It will be held at the Wanatah American Legion from 7:45 am to 12 noon.  The 16 rural communities are La Crosse, Wanatah, Hanna, Union Mills, Westville, Kingsbury, Kingsford Heights, Stillwell, Fish Lake, Mill Creek, Rolling Prairie, Scipio Twp./Door Village, Springfield Township, rural Center Twp., Hudson Lake, and Coolspring Township.  Each of these communities is asked to bring 10 representatives, including a high school student.   The theme of this year’s event is “Planning Our Future”.   Partnering organizations who sponsor the summit are Leadership La Porte County, Purdue Extension La Porte County, US Department of Agriculture—La Porte office;  the funders are the Unity Foundation, and the La Porte County Economic Development Alliance.   

“Rural towns and communities often lack the resources to tackle the challenges they face, like information, leadership, and money.  We try to provide access to these types of resources at the summit”, according to Jim Jessup, Facilitator at Leadership La Porte County.  Each rural community is asked to form a team of 10 citizens to attend the meeting.  Part of the day is devoted to the community round tables where each community participates in its own facilitated strategic planning.  “It is so important for each community to gather a team and attend.  The dynamic in the room is amazing, as each community demonstrates its pride and accomplishments, but also shares its challenges, creativity, and ideas”, Jessup said.

Leaders from Baroda, Michigan will demonstrate how they developed and implemented plans to improve their community.  There will also be a presentation by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on the Pathway to 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan and its effect on La Porte County.  The La Porte County Economic Development Alliance will give an update on the Kingsbury Project and how the local communities might benefit from it.

Reservations for community teams should be made as soon as possible by contacting Jim Jessup at 325-8223 or by email at