Vision 2021

The Vision 2016 program is drawing to a close, and fundraising has begun to support Vision 2021, the community's next comprehensive five-year economic development program.

About the Vision Program

The Vision program, established in 1983 and led by the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance is founded on public/private partnerships that represent the most comprehensive and successful economic development program the history of Delaware County. The program is supported by financial contributions and in-kind services from Vision Investors which include companies, foundations, public entities, and individuals.

The current plan, Vision 2016, which began in 2011 and ends at the end of 2016, has six goals with corresponding objectives. The first two goals call for the creation of 2,000 jobs and a total capital investment of $250 million through new business attraction and the retention and expansion of existing business. Results of those efforts are available on the Projects and Results page.

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In the late spring of 2016, the public was invited to attend one of two focus groups to discuss the community's economic development priorities for the coming years. The feedback from these meetings created the framework for Vision 2021, the community’s next comprehensive five-year economic development plan.

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Vision 2021 Steering Committee

Co-Chairmen

Jud Fisher, Ball Brothers Foundation
Jeff Daniels, Muncie Auto Group

Executive Committee

Jay Julian, Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Tom Miller, STAR Financial Bank
John Littler, Retired, Littler Diecast
Magi Kirkpatrick Sikora, Estep*Doctor & Company
Steve Moore, First Merchants Bank

Members

Jim Shirvinski, Progress Rail
Tom Bracken, George and Frances Ball Foundation
Chris Caldwell, MutualBank
Kelly Shrock, Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County
Stephen Brand, Magna Powertrain Muncie
Scott Jordan, DELTEC Information Solutions
Steve Baule, Muncie Community Schools
Linn Crull, Whitinger & Company
Steve Smith, Mid-West Metal Products
Casey Stanley, Ontario Systems
Cherí E. O'Neill, Ball State University Foundation
Jim Mansfield, Muncie Visitors Bureau


Jud Fisher, Vision 2021 Co-Chairman

"Foundations as well as the community benefit from a strong economic base. Our foundation's motto has been to improve quality of life within Indiana. This aligns strategically with the Vision goals" - Jud Fisher, President & COO, Ball Brothers Foundation 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.
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Ashley Surpas
Economic Development Coordinator
Ashley Surpas, from Muncie, Indiana, came to the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in July of 2012 after graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Political Science, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Executive Development for Public Service. Surpas volunteers with Project Leadership in Delaware County and serves on the Anderson-Muncie Public Transportation Coalition.