READI photo

Representatives of Accelerate Rural Indiana, including Shelbyville mayor Tom DeBaun (back row, second from left) and Shelby County Development Corporation Executive Director Brian Asher (back row, third from left) pose for a photo with State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) in downtown Indianapolis after working on their READI grant presentations.

Representatives from the Accelerate Rural Indiana region were hoping for the full $50 million that it applied for as part of the state’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI).

The region, which includes Shelby, Rush and Decatur counties and Batesville, learned Tuesday afternoon that it received $20 million, which will be split among those communities, including Shelbyville.