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 (18,000 students) and Ivy Tech Community College (4,000 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
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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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Terry Murphy
Vice President, Economic Development
Terry Murphy, who has more than 25 years experience in the field of economic development, came to the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in 1991. He has been involved in all areas of economic development, including: business marketing and recruitment, business retention and expansion, shell building and incubator program development, downtown development, international business development, technology development, infrastructure development, and fundraising.
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Traci Lutton
Senior Project Director, 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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Todd Donati
Director, Muncie Redevelopment Commission
In his role as Director of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission, Todd Donati works closely with city administration and the Economic Development Alliance. Donati also serves as the Administrator of the Muncie Industrial Revolving Loan Fund.
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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.
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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. Currently, Norris is the President of the Muncie Artist Guild, on the Board of the Altrusa Foundation, Vice President of Programs for the East Central Indiana Human Resource Association, and a member of Altrusa of Muncie.
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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
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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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Industria Centre Shell Building (Expandable to 500,000 SF)
200,000 sq ft
Building reached substantial completion in February, 2015. This building is located within a Community Revitalization Enhancement District (CReED).
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Industria Centre Site #1 - McCallum Sweeney Certified
138.5 acres
This Certified site is adjacent to the Industria Centre Industrial Park. Its strategic location offers excellent access to I-69 and I-7, and is within a day's drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population...
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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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  • August 22, 2015
    Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Honors 2015 Legacy Award Recipient
    The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce honored Dr. George E. Branam with their 2015 Legacy Award. The Gala Event held at the Horizon Convention Center, had over 350 guests.
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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • June 01, 2015
    The ADVANCE east central Indiana Regional Summit to take place June 9th
    Muncie, IN – The Regional Summit for the ADVANCE east central Indiana planning effort will be hosted June 9th, from 6 to 8pm at the Horizon Convention Center, 401 South High Street, in downtown Muncie. Anyone from Blackford, Delaware, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties who is interested in providing input that will help shape the future of the region should attend. The program includes sharing the State of the Region report, validating project themes for the regional development plan, learning about comparable regional successes, and generating big ideas for the future prosperity of the region.
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  • May 18, 2015
    ADVANCE East Central Indiana to host Regional Summit June 9th
    The Regional Summit for the ADVANCE East Central Indiana planning effort will be hosted June 9th, from 6 to 8pm at the Horizon Convention Center, 401 South High Street, in downtown Muncie. Anyone from Blackford, Delaware, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties interested in providing input that will help shape the future of the region should attend. The program includes sharing the State of the Region report, discussing potential projects for inclusion in the regional development plan, and generating big ideas for the future of the region.
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  • May 04, 2015
    ADVANCE East Central Indiana Kicks-off Regional Planning Effort
    The Steering Committee for the ADVANCE East Central Indiana regional cities planning effort, will begin its public process this week. The initial meetings for participating counties will be conducted beginning May 5. The focus of these meetings is to discuss each county’s opportunities for the future, including identifying important potential projects, according to Terry Murphy, Vice President Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Economic Development Alliance and a lead coordinator for ADVANCE.
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  • 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.
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  • March 03, 2015
    City Council Approves Preliminary Resolution for Trilogy Health Care of Muncie, LLC
    At its March 2, 2015, meeting the Muncie City Council approved a preliminary resolution allowing for designation of an economic revitalization area (ERA) and approval of a three year tax abatement on a $4 million expansion by Trilogy Health Care of Muncie, LLC. The Council will hold a public hearing and take final action on this measure at its April 6th meeting.
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  • February 20, 2015
    Mid-West Metal Products Gets Approval from Local CReED Board
    The Delaware County Advisory Council for Economic Development reviewed an application from Mid-West Metal Products for use of the CReED investment tax credit program and received a favorable recommendation. The application will now be forwarded to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) for their approval.
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