City Receives Funding to Install Wayfinding Signs

MARION, IN: (March 8th, 2016) – The City of Marion is excited to announce that the remaining funds needed to install the signs for the Marion Wayfinding System have been graciously donated by the Marion/Grant County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The funds will directly pay Dave’s Excavating, Inc. for installation and related costs.

Mayor Jess Alumbaugh says he’s thrilled to be moving forward with the Community Development project. “We no longer have our hands tied due to lack of funding for this project. We are very thankful to have such great support from the CVB. I’m also grateful to have a determined team that has overcome the hurdles to make this project a reality.”

Layla Price of the City of Marion Department of Development had kept the project on her radar since taking a job with the City two years ago, shortly after the signs were acquired. “I learned there were several snags, mostly involving changes in INDOT guidelines mid-process and lack of City funding to see the project through. After our team tried unsuccessfully to receive funding through the Stellar Communities Program in 2014 and 2015, I started working diligently with our Director of Engineering, Mike Graft, to make sure the signs were compliant with the new guidelines. Then, I decided to go directly to the CVB to ask for the remaining dollars, since the project seemed to fit nicely with their mission.”

John Lightle, Director of the Marion/Grant County CVB, said after being approached about the funding, “The board unanimously agreed that funding the installation of the wayfinding signage was a great project for us. We are very pleased that this project is being completed.”

Initially, the City received nearly $75,000 in funding through the, now obsolete, inventory tax administered by the, now disbanded, Urban Enterprise Association, toward the design and production of the Marion Wayfinding System. Very little City funding was used toward the project.

The signs will be positioned to help visitors and new residents find their way to specific city attractions such as Indiana Wesleyan University, the Quilters Hall of Fame, the Splash House, and many more.

The installation of all 20 signs is projected to be complete in May.

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