INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LaPorte and three other Indiana communities have been selected to host community conversations that will help them better understand their past and prepare for Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016.

The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University and Indiana Humanities this week selected Evansville, LaPorte and Lawrence and Hamilton counties for the program that evaluates possible solutions for community challenges and provides access to resources, technology, and expertise.

In Evansville, for example, a University of Southern Indiana program will examine the city’s history and work with groups to revitalize center city neighborhoods. The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau will work on preserving the county’s heritage and presenting it in the future.

Among the groups participating in the effort are the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Landmarks.