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7/30/2018 4:36:00 PM
Community chalkboards bring public art to Boone County
A community chalkbiard was installed on the Big 4 Trail in Whiestown  for people t leave comments about the area. Submitted photo
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A community chalkbiard was installed on the Big 4 Trail in Whiestown  for people t leave comments about the area. Submitted photo

Lebanon Reporter

Community chalkboards are being installed in Boone County, thanks to a partnership among the Boone County Economic Development Corp. (Boone EDC), Indy's Pro Graphix, and local leaders.

The chalkboards in Whitestown and Zionsville let citizens say why they love their communities. 

Both chalkboards are situated along the Big 4 Trail. Zionsville’s is near the town hall and Whitestown’s is in the Legacy Core district.

“Earlier this year, the Boone EDC conducted a survey to measure residents’ opinions of their quality of life. One of the top opportunities that was identified was public art,” said Megan Swaim, Boone EDC community development director. “This project exemplifies our commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Boone County.” 

The chalkboards, produced and installed by Indy’s Pro Graphix, are 4x10-feet wide. Chalk is tethered to the boards, and the boards will be monitored to make sure they are being used properly.

“Placemaking and economic development go hand in hand,” Boone EDC Executive Director Molly Whitehead said. “Without quality of life amenities, we will have a difficult time attracting and retaining a talented workforce.”

Boone EDC officials plan to continue working with local leaders to bring the chalkboards to other communities throughout the county.

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