CIC setting goals for 2014

By Amanda Amsel
Staff Writer

A community organization is contemplating what goals they want to set for the coming year.

The Prairie Township Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) is brainstorming ideas about what goals they want to achieve to improve the community.

“In 2005 business and community leaders came up with a list of objectives,” said Tracy Hatmaker, CIC board member and Prairie Township administrator. “Those objectives then became the goals of the CIC when it was formed in 2010. All of those goals are on their way to being completed, so the CIC is currently determining new goals.”

The CIC is a grassroots organization that is made up of area business owners, community leaders, local hospitals and other community representatives. The objective of the corporation is to improve the business climate of Prairie Township by promoting economic development.

Some of the past CIC goals have included creating a community recreation center, the upcoming streetscape and expanding police protection.

“One of the new projects the CIC is working on is helping local businesses receive a grant to improve their signage,” Hatmaker said. “This grant will help business owners create signage that will be consistent with the upcoming streetscape.”

Area businesses have been given $10,000 for these improvements, half of that money came from a grant and the other half came from an interest free loan to the township.

As the CIC continues to set its goals for 2014, they are also trying to fill a vacant seat on the board.

“The seat was formally filled by a representative for the business community, so we are hoping to find another person that will represent that part of Prairie Township,” Hatmaker said. “If you are interested in improving our community and enhancing the quality of life for area residents, you should apply.”

For more information on the CIC, contact Tracy Hatmaker at

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