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October 2021 News Releases

City of Bloomington Awards 2021 Digital Equity Grant Funds to Nine Area Nonprofits

The City of Bloomington Information & Technology Services Department (ITS) announces the 2021 Digital Equity Grants awards to support Bloomington-based nonprofit organization efforts to bridge the digital divide and increase digital resources for residents.  Now in its second year, this grant program is funded through Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative to help Bloomington recover from the pandemic and economic collapse, and advance racial, economic, and climate justice.  

Bloomington Receives 2021 Aim Community Placemaking Award for Switchyard Park

Bloomington has received the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) Community Placemaking Award for the development of Switchyard Park. The award was announced October 6 during the 2021 Aim Ideas Summit in French Lick, Ind. Bloomington won the statewide award in the greater than 50,000 population category.

ITS Department Donates Surplus Equipment to United Way, Bloomington Housing Authority

The City of Bloomington Information Technology Services (ITS) Department will be donating recently decommissioned surplus equipment to United Way of Monroe County and the Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA), which operates the City’s public housing and housing voucher program.  In all, seventeen monitors and computers will be donated to United Way and the BHA for use in their operations or those of their clients. 

Economic and Sustainable Development Department Presents 2021 Climate and Sustainability Progress Report to Council

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton invites community members to attend an update to the Common Council on progress toward achieving community climate and sustainability goals.  The presentation will cover the state of sustainability and climate action in Bloomington and the City’s ongoing efforts and investments to increase it.

City Reports One New COVID-19 Case in Past Week

City Hosts Ceremony to Recognize Bloomington’s ISO 1 Fire Safety Classification

Mayor John Hamilton joins City leaders in recognizing the City’s recent attainment of a 1/1x score from the Insurance Services Office, the first city in Indiana to do so.
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City Implements New Traffic Pattern on East Seventh Street as 7-Line Nears Completion

The City of Bloomington advises motorists to be aware of a new traffic pattern on East Seventh Street as the 7-Line project nears completion. All stop signs on E. Seventh St. between North Walnut Street and North Indiana Avenue have been removed and traffic along the corridor is no longer required to stop at the intersecting streets.

City Reports Three New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

One Bloomington Transit (BT) employee, one City Hall employee, and one employee of the Street Division of the Department of Public Works (DPW) reported receiving a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test over the last week.  None of these employees had been identified as a close contact of a prior COVID-19 case among the City workforce.

Applications Sought for 2021 Recover Forward Grants for the Arts

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and the Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) are seeking applications for funding to foster the arts and cultivate cultural experiences in Bloomington as part of Mayor John Hamilton’s initiative to Recover Forward from the COVID-19 pandemic.