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    July 16, 2015
    ADVANCE, a Vision for East Central Indiana, to host Summit 2 July 28th
    July 14, 2015, Muncie, IN – The Steering Committee for the ADVANCE east central Indiana Regional Development Planning process announced its second community workshop, Summit 2, to be held Tuesday, July 28, from 6 to 8pm at the Horizon Convention Center in Downtown Muncie. As a follow up to the successful Regional Summit, Summit 2 will focus on the region’s vision, its collective capabilities, and its strategic direction. The planning team will elicit feedback from attendees to create the development plan.

    Nearly 250 people attended the Regional Summit held on June 9th in Muncie. Participants generated hundreds of comments when asked to envision the future of the region. Following the meeting, the planning team organized and analyzed this information to identify key themes. Economic growth, quality of place, and the maintenance of infrastructure were most frequently mentioned. The team is using the information to help shape the region’s development plan. This will be used as an application to the State’s Regional Cities Initiative, a competition through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation with $84 million in funding. It will also be used by regional leaders to shape a more prosperous future.

    Attendees of the Summit 2, Shaping the Vision meeting, will hear results from the previous meeting and receive an update on the process. Following this brief presentation, participants will be asked to further distill the regional vision, provide insight on the capabilities of the community’s organization, and work with the planning team to frame a strategic direction for the development plan. The agenda is scheduled for two hours with a majority of the time reserved for the interactive sessions.

    The Steering Committee encourages anyone who cares about the future of the six-county region to attend the meeting and provide their perspective. The group has committed to an open and collaborative process and hopes to attract as many attendees to the Summit 2 as possible. They encourage those parties attending to tell their friends, family, and coworkers of the opportunity and to help spread the word. In addition, the committee hopes to attract more representation from region residents outside of Delaware County. The group is open to suggestions on methods for reaching residents of Blackford, Jay, Randolph, Henry and Madison counties.

    “The Regional Summit 1 was a success because neighbors told neighbors, and friends told friends. We learned so much as a group from this two-hour session, and our region will see that in the final Regional Development Plan.” Delaware County Commissioner, Sherry Riggin said, “We now need the community, to again, help us evaluate our work frame our strategic direction. This is another unique opportunity and we hope our region will help us continue toward success.”

    Following the meeting, the planning team will evaluate the feedback and the incorporate the findings and direction into the draft Regional Development Plan. Anyone unable to attend the meeting will also have the opportunity to comment on the process website.

    More information on the project and the Regional Summit 2 is available on the project’s website, www.advance-eci.org.

    The program’s research and facilitation efforts are being led by Ninigret Partners of Providence, Rhode Island and planningNEXT of Columbus, Ohio.

    For more information please contact Kyle May, Project Consultant, with planning NEXT, kyle@planning-next.com.

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    PRIMARY CONTACTS:
    Terry Murphy, Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Economic Development Alliance (765) 751-9104
    Traci Lutton, Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Economic Development Alliance (765) 751-9126
    Jamie Greene, planning NEXT, Project Consultant, (614) 586-1500

ADVANCE is a collaborative process to increase prosperity for residents, businesses, institutions and local governments in the six-county east central Indiana region. It’s an opportunity to make our communities better in the future than they are today. Read More

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Jay Julian
Chief Economic Development Officer, President/CEO
Jay is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Marion, IN. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Millikin University, Decatur, IL in 1979. Jay joined the Muncie Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2009. Julian is the former Executive Director of Development Services with City of Marion, IN. Prior to this, he was the Planning Director for the City of Anderson, IN. Jay has received awards for IACT Economic Recovery, Historic Preservation Commission Award, and Indiana Black Expo Chairman’s Award.
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Traci Lutton
Interim Vice President, Economic Development
In her role at the Economic Development Alliance, Ms. Lutton leverages economic development resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of Muncie-Delaware County as a superior business location. Lutton markets the community locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to private investors, corporations, and site selectors through recruitment trips, website, tradeshows and other methods. Traci has knowledge and experience with a range of site selection and development services.