Propeller meets crowdfunding goal

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A crowdfunding campaign to help beautify and improve the Columbus Propeller facility has exceeded its $50,000 goal.

More than 100 donors contributed more than $72,000 for the effort, Propeller leaders said.

Since the campaign hit $50,000 before its Jan. 16 deadline, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s “CreatINg Places” matching grant program will provide another $50,000 to the effort.

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Frey said that the total amount is estimated at about $122,000 to $125,000, which includes some checks that were mailed in after the fact or are still expected.

“We’re really humbled by the number of people that came forward to help,” said Frey, who looks forward to transforming the makerspace into an airpark destination using plans drawn up by Landscape, Art & Architecture Office.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.