Starke County was today named as one of five recipients of a Broadband Readiness Planning Grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The County will receive a minimum of $50,000 to develop a plan that will educate, create, and identify ways to improve broadband speeds in the County, including the communities of Hamlet, North Judson, and Knox. Each of the five recipients will be part of a pilot program that will educate and shape how broadband can be established throughout the entire state. The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) will provide technical assistance to the five communities that have been selected. Funding for this grant program comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is then administered by OCRA. The County's application for this grant was prepared by Jessica Craig, Executive Director of the Starke County Chamber of Commerce.