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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 10, 2015
Muncie Named America’s Most Affordable College Town By realtor.com
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 realtor.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 11, 2015
The ADVANCE Regional Summit Brings Hundreds to Muncie
Muncie, IN – The Regional Summit for the ADVANCE east central Indiana planning effort was hosted Tuesday, June 9th. Nearly 250 people packed the Horizon Convention Center, in downtown Muncie, and were encouraged to share their vision for the future of the six-county region. The crowd included representation from Blackford, Delaware, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties.
June 03, 2015
Muncie Parks Department Breaks Ground on a new Downtown Park
For years, the site known as the Holiday Cleaners at the corner of Madison and Main Streets will become a new gateway to Muncie’s Downtown called Cornerstone Park. The new park will be a beautiful addition to the Downtown and will welcome visitors and residents into Muncie’s Downtown proper. Various features will be constructed in the park including extensive landscaping improvements, meandering sidewalks, streetlights, a concrete seat wall, a small performance stage, bio-swales for improved drainage, artwork completed by local artists, landscaped berms, and various ornamental flowers, shrubs and trees.
April 09, 2015
ASONS Bringing Hundreds of Jobs to Delaware County
Governor Mike Pence joined Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler and executives from ASONS, a national facilities management provider, today to announce the company’s plans to expand its corporate headquarters here, creating up to 316 new jobs by 2024.