It was an all out celebration on Monday, July 26 as Rushville celebrated the five-year anniversary of being named a “Stellar Community” with a ribbon cutting at the Overlook Park. 

Several community members gathered at the Overlook to join in the festivities, and children took full advantage of the water feature on the hot afternoon. 

Mayor Mike Pavey started by recalling the town of Rushville’s “Milan moment” when the smallest least qualified town was selected as a stellar community.

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Daniel Spinner, director of OCRA, were onsite to congratualte Rushville on the forward progress achieved over the last five years.  Spinner put that progress in perspective when he reminded those in attendance what Rushville turned their six million dollar investment awarded from OCRA into, 131 million dollars worth of investements. Spinner went on to make a bold statement, “Rushville IS leading the way in rural Indiana.”

Several other community leaders were on hand to share in the excitement, including Senator Jean Leising and former Senator Bob Jackman.
Lt. Governor Crouch spoke to the crowd and shared the pride she felt in the achievements of the Rushville Community, saying, “Look what you have created” as she looked out across the new Overlook Park.

Crouch spoke on the tremendous community effort it took to achieve these results, and left  attendees with the following quote by Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”