Indiana Regional Stellar Community

Countless hours of community collaboration and planning ends with an announcement those living in East Allen county had hoped for from the state. Today, East Allen Communities were designated as an Indiana Regional Stellar Community, a recognition not easy to obtain.

“This is truly an exciting time for our communities and the county as a whole. We have been working hard for the last four years to get to this point and we are excited to leverage this designation to the best of our ability with local dollars set aside to make a true impact. We want to thank our partners in the process and we look forward to implementing the plan to continue building our communities to attract and retain talent to our local region and the broader northeast Indiana region,” stated NewAllen Alliance President Kent Castleman.

In September, East Allen’s Rural Revival Regional Development Plan was submitted to the State of Indiana for their consideration. This plan outlines a bold vision to improve quality of place in all seven of East Allen’s Communities. Proposed projects will help connect people to places within the rural areas…think downtowns, parks, trails, and housing developments, in addition to capitalizing on the industrial growth opportunities of the region’s transportation assets.

The region’s vision is to grow population by enhancing the livability of rural areas, which will attract and retain a talented workforce that benefits all of Allen County and Northeast Indiana. The proposed portfolio outlines a total of $64 Million in projects to be implemented from 2019 – 2022. Over $17 million in projects that are being proposed for support through the Indiana Regional Stellar Communities program (total costs for the list below). The remaining $47 million in projects are considered complementary to the Stellar request.

“It has been exciting to be a part of the ongoing success of East Allen County which has culminating in its designation as a Stellar Community. We are proud of the leadership of the New Allen Alliance and look forward to even greater things for this part of our county,” added Commissioner Nelson Peters.

Commissioner Therese Brown also stated, “This announcement illustrates what collaboration can achieve. Congratulations to all that worked so diligently on this project; the New Year will truly be the beginning of many great things to come!”
Indiana Regional Stellar Community designation unlocks access to a set-aside of funds. Amounts set aside by the state for each region includes: $4,5M in Community Development Block Grants, $2M in Federal Transportation funds, $35,000 in Rural Health funds, and up to $800,000 in affordable housing tax credits which can typically finance a $8 – $10M project. Projects currently proposed for Stellar funding include:

  • East Allen County Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation
  • Healthy Eating Active Living Kitchen Classes
  • Grabill Downtown Streetscape Project
  • Leo-Cedarville Downtown Streetscape Project
  • Monroeville Forest Street Sidewalk Project
  • Monroeville Monroe Street Corridor Project
  • New Haven Meadowbrook Trail Project
  • New Haven Community Center Park Project
  • New Haven Kady Gene Cove Senior Housing Project
  • Woodburn Sidewalk Improvements Project
  • Woodburn Downtown Streetscape Project – Phase 2

These projects are being supported by a number of sources in addition to the cities and towns, such as the Allen County Commissioners, Allen County Council, the Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board, Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council, Brightpoint, local housing developers Keller Development and Niemeyer Builders, the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, and Parkview Health. Each community has local volunteers from their chambers of commerce, Main Street organizations, and local foundations that stand ready to support the success of the effort.

“On behalf of the City of New Haven and all of NewAllen Alliance, we want to thank OCRA, and the selection committee for seeing the partnership as a worthy collaboration. Special thanks to all of the partner communities and their representatives. Now we go forward to continue our success and show the world how rural hometowns work together to achieve greatness,” said Mayor Terry McDonald.

A video about the initiative and a copy of the regional development plan can be accessed on NewAllen’s website at A Stellarbration event is being planned for December 19th with local officials. Details of the meeting will be released next week.

The Indiana Regional Stellar Program is a competition offered by a collaboration of state agencies including the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The Indiana Stellar Program has been in place since 2011, but this year has been modified to have a regional focus. Goals of the Indiana Stellar program are to foster regional collaborative behaviors and investment, stem the tide of non-metropolitan population loss through talent attraction and retention, build sustainability, build capacity with municipal governance, and leverage quality of places through comprehensive and transformative planning processes building on current assets. Regions can be comprised of 2 to ten communities.

Organized in 1991, the NewAllen Alliance is an all-volunteer organization that works to bring people to the table who have a passion to see the East Allen County communities of Harlan, Hoagland, Leo-Cedarville, Monroeville, New Haven, and Woodburn thrive and excel. Its mission is to create a unified voice for the communities in East Allen County to foster a coordinated effort in community and economic development, resulting in new investment, job creation, and improved quality of life.

Kent Castleman
President, NewAllen Alliance
(260) 348-2973

Kristi Sturtz, AICP
NewAllen Liasion
(260) 433-9366

Spring Fling Charity Event

8th Annual
Spring Fling Event
Saturday, April 13, 2019
10:00 am
13720 First Street
Grabill, IN 46741

The 8th annual Spring Fling Charity Event will be Sat. April 13th starting @ 10 AM with the car , truck, and bike show. About Noon while the car show is going on we will start the live benefit auction with items for everyone. This will go till about 3:30 – 4:00.

After the auction, while everyone is removing there auction items and paying the cashier, we will be getting ready for the Hog Roast dinner with Kraut, potatoes, baked beans , slaw, drink, and dessert.

Dinner will be followed by a 2 1/2 hour stage show featuring an opening act and our Headliner Terry Lee and The Rockaboogie Band.   All profits will go to the Grabill Christian Free Health Clinic, and The Harlan Christian Youth Center. 

State of the Community Meeting

February 26, 2019
Katie’s Kountry Korner
13312 Schwartz Road

We are having a State of the Community Meeting on February 26th, 6:30pm, at Katie’s Kountry Korner 13312 Schwartz Rd. Open to all Chamber members, dinner included.

Speakers from Town of Grabill, Grabill Chamber, New Allen Alliance, Christian Community Healthcare, Northeast Fire, Grabill country Fair ,Grabill Historical Society, Grabill Parks Department, Visit Ft. Wayne, Growing Grabill, and Spring Fling will give short presentations. Election of Chamber officers will also take place.

For more info, please contact:

Susie Witt

Shop Small Business Saturday

Shop Small on Saturday November 24th

Shop Small is on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is dedicated to getting people to get out and shop at their local small businesses. When we shop locally help our community, our local merchants and ourselves. Our small businesses are asked many times to help sponsor local events, give merchandise as gifts for auctions and drawings and cash donations for benefits. If we support our local merchants they will be able to continue to do business in our community and help when asked with donations.

So remember Shop Small on Saturday November 24th in Grabill. Check out the ad in this week’s Courier for details on local businesses and use the coupons below for additional savings.

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Canvas, Cocoa & Cookies

Canvas, Cocoa & Cookies

Fund Raiser Sponsored by the Members of Growing Grabill Main Street

Sign up for our Canvas Painting Event being held on Thursday, November 8th beginning at 6:00PM at the Grabill South Park Pavilion (Indiana Street).  For this session (ages 12 – adult), we will be painting with acrylic paints.  The cost is only $20/person and includes all materials, instruction and treats!

Call The Catalpa Tree Shop (260-627-3012) to reserve your spot today!!!
Limited spaces are available.  Come join the fun!

18th Annual Road Apple Cruise-In

18th Annual Road Apple Cruise-In

No-Judge, Fun Car Show

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Registration begins at 9am
Car Show begins at 11am

Registration only $15

Drawings for prizes every 15 minutes
1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes awarded at 2:30pm

Concessions available throughout the day.

Car Show questions, please call Jim at 260-627-2012

For the latest info, like our Facebook page: Road Apple Cruise In

Flea Market

Crafter’s, direct sales, and garage sale booths will be located in the Grabill Fair Building.
If interested in a booth, please contact Patty at 260-312-5460

Grabill Country Fair

2018 Grabill Country Fair

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 6-8, 2018

Grabill Country Fair Barber Shop QuartetThis popular annual festival, which attracts 100,000 visitors, began in 1973 by the Grabill Chamber of Commerce. Grabill is a quaint town of about 1,000 people, just north of Fort Wayne, Indiana nestled in the heart of a large Amish community. The town’s country-style fair highlights the area’s Amish heritage.

Held on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday after Labor Day, the fair encompasses streets lined with tents and canopies, which shelter 130 craft booths. Among crafts are those that showcase the natural beauty of wood, which include shelves, frames, and board games; other works highlight needlepoint, knitting and crocheting projects. Dolls, ceramic villages, blown glass objects, lampshades, and whirlybirds are also among craft items offered.

Grabill Country Fair Sack RaceAlso crafts of a bygone era are demonstrated, such as the use of the spinning wheel, or making corn husk dolls, or horseshoeing. Activities and contests run nonstop. Children can participate in a spelling bee, or old-fashion contests, which include frog jumping, a baby crawl, jump rope, apple peeling, watermelon eating, and cherry pit spitting.

The main stage features gospel, country, or bluegrass music each evening, along with various acts performing on the Mime Time stage  or strolling through the fair.

A wide variety of food vendors provide scrumptious delights ranging from old country fare such as corn on the cob, apple dumplings, and beans & cornbread, to modern delights like deep-fried cheese curds, cotton candy, and chocolate covered cheesecake.

Find more information along with the full schedule and more at


Gateway Woods Auction

Annual Gateway Woods Benefit Auction

Saturday, August 4, 2018
14505 Klopfenstein Rd
Leo, IN 46765

Auction Schedule

7:30 – Breakfast Open
Silent Auction Begins

8:30 – Opening Program

9:00 – First Auction Item

9:15 – All Auctions Begin

10:30 – Lunch Opens

11:30 – Silent Auction Ends

Noon – Specialty Items Auction
Teen Auction

1:00 – Landscape Auction Ends




If you would like to donate an item email at:

Grabill Chamber of Commerce – Amish Community Benefit Auction and Bake Sale

Join us for our annual Benefit Auction & Bake Sale

Friday, July 13, 2018
13720 First Street
Grabill, IN 46741

Bake Sale: Begins at 10:00 am and features Amish-made cakes, pies, cookies, bread, noodles, and much more!

Dinner: Begins at 4:00 pm. Fish, BBQ Chicken, French Fries, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Applesauce, Bread, Dessert, and Drink. FREEWILL DONATION.

Auction: Begins at 6:00 pm. Large variety of items donated by local businesses and individuals.

Cornhole Tournament: Begins at 7:00 pm in the parking lot of Grabill Town Hall. Please call Daniel Wickey to reserve space for your team. 260-705-2674 Cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places!

The Olde Church Museum will be open 4-8 pm with free admission. There will be a new display on schools.

Come out and enjoy a fun evening with friends and neighbors, while supporting a local family in need and your Grabill Chamber of Commerce!

Updates will be posted via our Facebook page.