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Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.
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Emergency Assistance Resources
The City of Aurora is experiencing a time of great need. Click the button below to go to a resource page where you can find assistance, and to support our local charities. Area resources range from food to rent and utility assistance.
Notice of Public Meeting
The City of Aurora City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 235 Main Street, Aurora, IN 47001 to discuss the Emergency Stay Home Order issued by Mayor Drury by Executive Order 2020-02 on March 17th, 2020.
As permitted by Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order, the meeting will be open to the public, however social distancing will be required and no more than 1/3 the regular capacity will be permitted to attend. Questions, concerns, or comments should be brought to the City Manager’s attention by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 30th via email@example.com or via phone at 812-926-1777 ext. 6.
COVID-19 Emergency Response
City buildings and offices are now closed to the public, but will remain operational. The City urges everyone to follow guidelines of the State and Federal government, continue supporting our local businesses, and checking on family, neighbors, loved ones and those most vulnerable. We are all in this together.
If you have any questions please call City Hall for assistance, 812-926-1777.
Emergency Executive Order
In response to ongoing public health concerns due to the COVID-19 coronavirus Mayor Drury has issued an emergency executive order closing all public facilities off to the public. This order goes into effect immediately and will continue until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding at this time and Stay Safe.
ARCC Temporarily Closing
Mayor Drury has announced that the Aurora Recreation and Community Center (ARCC) will be temporarily closing to the public starting today, Monday, March 16th, 2020 in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This decision will be reevaluated on Monday, March 30th, 2020.
Stay Up To Date In Aurora
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City Council met on March 9th to accept the Design Review Committee’s recommendation for the Facade Improvement Matching Grant program. The City is proud to announce that 17 applicants have been chosen. for funding.
HPC Award Winners
Downtown Aurora is vital to the commercial viability of Aurora as a whole. In 2016, the City of Aurora created the Downtown Strategic Revitalization Project to stimulate efforts to improve the street appearance of historic downtown Aurora’s central business facades, and in doing so, help stimulate business in downtown Aurora. Congratulations to the 2019 Historic Preservation Commission Award Recipients.
Denmure & Moore Law Office, Weber Sports, Guinevere Emery, Tim Miller (Tiffany's)
Adam Geyer, Sherry & Robert Love, Mark & Leslie Thompson, Tim Miller (Gulf Gas Station)
Community Business Highlight
City of Aurora Congratulates
Second Time Around and Krypto’s Comix are housed in the James P. Coulter Building, built in 1860, at 311 Second Street Aurora. The building owned since 1994 by Nancy & Ben Turner opened business May 4, 2017 with antiques and collectibles accumulated over the years and acquired from family members. The day to day business is operated by youngest son Joey and daughter in law Tabatha.
Along with opening of the alley side windows and extensive roof replacement, Second Time Around was fortunate to receive a façade improvement grant for exterior painting as well as a sign grant in 2018 from the City of Aurora.
Krypto’s Comix featuring new and collectible comics and toys is planning a grand reopening in May 2020 with an expansion to the second floor of the building.
Open Wednesday afternoons, Thursday thru Sunday opening at 10:00am can be found on FaceBook @secondtimearound311
February - March 2020
AIM Municipal Innovation Award
Pictured left to right: Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Oren Turner, City Manager Guinevere Emery, Mayor Donnie Hastings Jr., Councilman Patrick Schwing, and Clerk Treasurer Benny Turner.
Congratulations to the City of Aurora, Main Street Aurora, and all of our city reinvestment partners.
For more information about the 2019 Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program please contact Aurora City Manager Guinevere Emery at 513-505-7647 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached is the City of Aurora AIM Municipal Innovation Award and community showcase video presented at the AIM Ideas Summit in Evansville, Indiana on October 11th, 2017. The 2017 AIM Municipal Innovation Award, presented by Umbaugh, recognized the City of Aurora’s Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program as part of the Downtown Revitalization Strategic Plan. Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, previously known as IACT, now AIM’s, statement of purpose is “To foster, promote and advocate for the success of Hoosier municipalities as laboratories of innovation, hubs of talent and the engines driving our state’s economy.” The overwhelming success of the City of Aurora’s Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program stems from the premise of shared vision, local support and funding ingenuity. Please take the time to enjoy our beautiful ariel community showcase video for the City of Aurora.
ARCC Open 24/7
All Aurora Recreational Community Center (ARCC) members now have 24/7 access to the first floor fitness area, locker rooms, showers, and gymnasium. Second floor fitness areas will be available during staffed hours.
Stop in at the front desk and request your 24/7 access card today!
For more information call 812-926-2311
or visit our Website.
City of Aurora
Check out the new City of Aurora Wayfinding Map, a map of all businesses in the Aurora downtown area. This important aspect of downtown revitalization was proudly designed and funded by Main Street Aurora.
You may click the button below to view the enlarged map, or you can see it at its permanent location over on the Retail, Restaurants and Services Page. Now, in addition to addresses and phone numbers, you will be able to see exactly where in Aurora the business you are looking for is located.
Vistas of Aurora
Whether you come to Aurora, you are treated to a charming view of a river town which is historic, yet constantly changing. The appealing panoramas of the many spires and 19th century buildings are punctuated by countless small details, both attractive and creative, that have been capturing people’s attention for over a century and a half. We hope after watching this slideshow you’ll want to walk the streets in our Historic District, looking for these and other sights which say “Welcome,” and “Stay awhile!”
The Mayor, Aurora City Council, Main Street Aurora, and Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce have welcomed the following new or re-opened businesses to Aurora with ribbon cuttings since December 2016.