Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana
Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana is a dynamic community located 58 miles northeast of Indianapolis in the east central portion of the state. Muncie, the county seat, comprises nearly sixty percent of Delaware County’s population. Our community is grounded with a diverse economic base that includes advanced manufacturing, information technology, logistics, and life science firms. Top notch educational institutions and a regional medical hospital grace the community. Ball State University (22,000 students) and Ivy Tech Community College (3,700 students) with nationally acclaimed educational departments and programs can provide your business with a wide assortment of quality applicants.
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Jay Julian
Chief Economic Development Officer, President/CEO
Visit Jay's Blog 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
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 Project Manager
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.
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Erin Ailstock
Membership Director
As the Membership Director for the Chamber, Erin is responsible for membership sales and retention. She also works to develop and implement programs and opportunities that provide value to Chamber members.
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Brenda Brumfield
Director of Community & Government Relations
Prior to joining the Chamber team, Brenda was a legislative aide for the Indiana House of Representatives, and a speechwriter for the House Republican caucus. Brumfield joined the Chamber staff in 1992. She worked as the Director of Advocacy until 1998 when she left to pursue other opportunities with her growing family. She rejoined the Chamber team as Director of Community & Government Relations in May of 2007. Her responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the business community and elected officials at the local, state and national level. She also plans events to allow chamber members the opportunity to interact with elected officials. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
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Nancy Norris
Human Resource Director and Executive Assistant
Born and raised in Muncie, Nancy Norris joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2006. Previously Vice President and Trust Office for Indiana Trust Co. and Vice President and Trust Officer at American National Bank, Norris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. Norris is a member of the program committee for the East Central Indiana Human Resource Association, serves on the Ball State Bracken Library Board of Governors, and is a steering committee member of the Delaware County Wellness Professionals and the Healthy Communities Alliance. Additionally, Norris is the Past President of the Muncie Artist Guild, Past President of Altrusa, and Past President of the Altrusa Foundation.
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Gaynelle Junga
Gaynelle Junga graduated from the University of Evansville in 1979, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. In 1985, she obtained her CPA license. Gaynelle worked for Delco Remy, a components division of General Motors, from 1979 to 1987, where she held various financial positions in cost, forecast, budget and in a manufacturing plant as controller. In 1998, she assumed the Controller position in a job-sharing environment for the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Delaware Advancement Corporation and the Horizon Convention Center.
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Rona Buttry
Rona Buttry joined the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Delaware Advancement Corporation as Controller in 1998. Rona worked in private industry before joining the Muncie organization, having worked as an Accounting Consultant for Muncie Delphi Automotive Systems, Anderson Delphi Automotive Systems and Delco Remy America. Rona is a 1980 graduate of Anderson College (University), a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Rona is a graduate of the Academy for Community Leadership and serves as a mentor in the Chamber’s Project Leadership program. She is a member of WIBU and active in her local church and community.
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  • August 25, 2018
    Stanley Receives Legacy Award
    The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce honored Kelly Stanley with their 2018 Legacy Award. The Gala Event held at the Horizon Convention Center, had nearly 300 guests.
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  • February 16, 2018
    Study Finds the Need for 405 New Homes
    Zanola Company has created a Housing Needs Analysis for HWC Engineering focusing on the City of Muncie, Indiana. The purpose of this study was to research and forecast the need for new housing creation, both single family and multifamily, and type of demand over the next five years for Muncie, Indiana. A special focus has been given to identifying housing needs for underserved, move-out segments, and identified move-in targets.
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  • October 19, 2017
    Chamber Recognizes Business Leaders at Annual Dinner
    The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce held its 123rd Annual Meeting on October 19, 2017 with more than 300 business and community leaders in attendance.  The event, held at the Horizon Convention Center, is the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards event.
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  • August 26, 2017
    Buckles Receives Legacy Award
    The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce honored Jack Buckles with their 2017 Legacy Award. The Gala Event held at the Horizon Convention Center, had over 250 guests.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Transformation of Former Muncie Brownfield Sites Underway
    The City of Muncie, Cardinal Greenways, INDOT and KPEP—the Kitselman Pure Energy Park—continue in cooperation to revitalize the former Indiana Steel and Wire and King Indiana Forge  brownfield factory areas on the east side of Muncie.
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  • January 31, 2017
    Four Delaware County Business Parks Certified as AT&T Fiber Ready; Locations Are First Designations for County
    Joined by local elected officials and business leaders, AT&T and the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance announced that four Delaware County business parks– three in Muncie and one in Yorktown – have been certified as being AT&T Fiber Ready. This marks the first time in Indiana that four Fiber Ready locations have been announced at once.
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  • December 15, 2016
    Mixed-Use Residential and Commercial Development Planned for Downtown Muncie
    The Muncie Redevelopment Commission has approved an economic development agreement with Roebuck, LLC for the former Sears Building and parking lot at Walnut and Main streets in downtown Muncie, Indiana. The $7.5 million mixed-use project will include 42 one to three-bedroom residential, market-rate housing units and more than 20,000 square feet of commercial space in the heart of downtown.
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  • October 27, 2016
    Chamber Recognizes Business Leaders at Annual Dinner
    MUNCIE, IN – The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce held its 122nd Annual Meeting: A dinner, silent auction and awards program on October 27, 2016 with over 300 business and community leaders in attendance.  The event, held at Horizon Convention Center, is the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards event.  
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  • July 15, 2016
    Terry Murphy Honored with Sagamore of the Wabash
    At a retirement reception on July 14, 2016 at the Horizon Convention Center, Terry Murphy, CEcD, Vice President of Economic Development, was presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash. The award is the highest honor that the Governor of Indiana bestows.
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  • May 02, 2016
    VISION 2021 Economic Development Planning Effort to Begin
    The Steering Committee for the VISION 2021 planning effort will hold a series of roundtable focus groups to solicit public input on the community's economic development priorities for the coming years. Feedback from these meetings will help determine the framework and goals for Vision 2021, the community’s next comprehensive five-year economic development plan. 
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  • March 31, 2016
    Muncie Announces Transformative Plan for Former Industrial Sites
    At an unveiling ceremony, Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler announced a transformative revitalization plan for the former King Indiana Forge and Indiana Steel & Wire industrial sites, located adjacent to the White River at the city’s eastern gateway. The plan, a result of decades of visionary, broad-based collaboration, was detailed by Tyler and representatives of numerous partners. Significant components of the plan include the Kitselman Trailhead, a new eastern gateway to the City of Muncie, Muncie Arts & Culture Trail, and the Kitselman Pure Energy Park (KPEP).
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  • January 22, 2016
    Delaware County - Certified Work Ready Community
    Delaware County has become the third Certified Work Ready Community in Eastern Indiana through ACT, completing 100 percent of its goals. The County joins Randolph and Rush Counties in this accomplishment. ACT launched its national Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative in 2011. In June 2013, ACT began accepting applications directly from counties interested in participating, where there was not a statewide ACT CWRC program in place. Delaware County and other Eastern Indiana counties took advantage of this opportunity.
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  • December 21, 2015
    Courtyard Hotel To Open In Muncie, Indiana
    Courtyard by Marriott Muncie at Horizon Convention Center is scheduled to open its doors in Muncie, Indiana tomorrow. Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience.
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  • December 21, 2015
    Pristine Senior Management Locates its Home Offices in Muncie and Adding Jobs
    The City of Muncie and the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance announced today that Pristine Senior Management, a company that specializes in providing management services to seniors housing and post-acute care facilities, will locate its home offices in Muncie, IN, creating an anticipated 35 to 50 new jobs within the next two years.
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  • December 16, 2015
    Regional Cities Funding Announced
    In 2015, the Indiana Regional Cites Initiative brought together 48 counties across the state, and hundreds of local city leaders with one goal in mind: “Making Indiana a great place to both live and work.” Seven regions presented their visions for the future and competed for a chance at $84 million in funding. At a meeting held in Indianapolis yesterday, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced it has awarded three Phase I regional development plans, North Central, Northeast, and Southeast $42 million each in funding to help address projects identified in those regions’ plans.  Members of the Strategic Review Committee and the IEDC both noted the difficulty of the decision, as they felt that all seven region’s plans were outstanding.
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  • September 10, 2015
    Muncie Named America’s Most Affordable College Town By
    American college towns are becoming appealing places to live – for all ages, from retirees to young people.  They are looking for the cultural events, quality of life, sports and recreational activities, community engagement opportunities, job opportunities and entrepreneurial spirit found in college towns.  The data team ranked more than 300 college towns by median home price to determine the top 10 least expensive and top ten most expensive college towns.  Muncie, Indiana, home of Ball State University and Ivy Tech Community College leads the nation in affordability with a median home price of $77,900.  The college town criteria specified areas where student residents were greater than 5,000 and made up more than 20% of the community’s total population.  Eight of the ten least expensive college towns are located in the Midwest.
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  • September 09, 2015
    Talent Attraction, Retention, Development, and Quality of Life Play Key Roles in ECI Regional Cities Plan
    Population stagnation and the loss of talent are critical issues that have faced East Central Indiana and the state of Indiana for decades. The Regional Cities Initiative is an opportunity for regions within the State of Indiana to collaborate, identify projects, and put together regional solutions to quality of life issues that directly relate to the attraction and retention of talent. These community-based plans are to provide a bold vision that will lead to transformational change within the Region and seek to grow the Region into a nationally-recognized destination of choice for talent and investment. To help incentivize local communities to undertake Regional Development Plans, the state of Indiana has set aside $84 million from the tax amnesty program to partner with communities in the funding and implementation of projects identified in the plans. “ADVANCE – A Vision for East Central Indiana,” is the name of the area’s Regional Development Plan (RDP) that will compete with six other Regions across the state for a slice of this funding.
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  • July 22, 2015
    Ohio-Based Logistics Firm Expands in Delaware County
    DSE Truckload, a transportation services company serving customers across North America, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 45 new jobs by 2017.
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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.
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  • June 30, 2015
    Indiana Michigan Power and Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance Announce "Shovel Ready" Site Certification
    An important site for growth in the Muncie-Delaware County Area has earned a shovel ready Industrial Site Certification.  The Industria Centre Site #1, along the Muncie bypass, has completed the certification program for American Electric Power’s (AEP) Quality Site Program.
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  • June 18, 2015
    Construction Complete on 200,000 SF Expandable Shell Building in Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana
    The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance joined Delaware County government officials and Garmong Construction to announce that the construction of a new, 200,000 SF shell building has been completed. The event was celebrated with a ribbon cutting by the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. Located on a 34-acre site in the Industria Centre Industrial Park, the pre-cast concrete building features 32 foot ceilings and is expandable to 500,000 square feet.
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