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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Brad Bookout
Director, Delaware County Redevelopment Commission
Brad Bookout is a graduate of Ball State University with a BS, Political Science/Criminal Justice. Brad specializes in Municipal and Non-profit Consulting as it relates to economic development, project financing, project implementation, project management, business development, grant writing, brownfield reuse, policy development, and strategic planning.
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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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Brittany Collins
Marketing Coordinator
As the Marketing Coordinator, Brittany handles social media and internal and external marketing efforts for the Chamber of Commerce.
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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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Daleville Shell Building (Expandable to 215,000 SF)
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97-acre CReED Site (Lot 8) - Industria Centre Industrial Park - Qualified Data Center Site
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Site 8 in Industria Centre Industrial Park area.

CReED Site: Businesses that locates within the Delphi CRED District are eligible to apply for up to a 25% investment tax credit for "qualified...

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  • May 22, 2014
    Bell Aquaculture to Open Feed Mill for Aquaculture Industry
    Bell Aquaculture announced today plans to open a feed mill to supply feed for the local and national aquaculture industry. The new mill, located at Bell Farms in Albany, Indiana, will be the first of its kind to locally produce feed to service the aquaculture industry on a mass scale using local Indiana ingredients.
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  • May 12, 2014
    Delaware County, IN to Construct 200,000 SF Expandable Shell Building in Industria Centre Industrial Park
    Delaware County, IN government officials, economic development leaders, Delaware Advancement Corporation, and Garmong Construction announced today that the construction of a new 200,000 square foot shell building feet is underway. Located on a 34-acre site in the Industria Centre Industrial Park, the pre-cast concrete building will feature 32 foot ceilings and will be expandable to 500,000 square feet.
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  • May 08, 2014
    Precision Components Manufacturer Chooses Delaware County For Growth
    Mursix Corporation, a manufacturer of precision components, announced plans today to expand its headquarters here, creating up to 108 new jobs by 2017.
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  • April 10, 2014
    Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance Reports Vision 2016 Year Two Results
    The Muncie-Delaware County, IN Economic Development Alliance held a breakfast event at the Horizon Convention Center to report on the year two progress of the Vision 2016 Economic Development Program. The event as attended by program investors, elected officials, and community leaders.
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  • March 04, 2014
    City of Muncie, Indiana & Arc of Indiana Announce New Downtown Teaching Hotel
    Governor Mike Pence joined officials from The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy organization for people with disabilities, today to announce state support for the training institute and teaching hotel in Muncie, which will provide postsecondary education opportunities for people with disabilities.
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  • September 27, 2013
    Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Delegation Returns from Successful China Trip
    Local economic development officials recently completed a ten-day business marketing trip to the cities of Hangzhou and Zhuji City in China. The delegation consisted of James King, Delaware County Commissioner, Brad Bookout representing the Mayor of Muncie and Terry Murphy, Vice President of Economic Development for the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance.
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  • August 07, 2013
    Halal Processing Solutions, Inc. To Open New Plant in Muncie
    Halal Processing Solutions, Inc, a new food processing business startup, headed by a group of Texas business partners is in the process of remodeling the former Monogram Comfort foods building located at 2100 East Willard Street in Muncie and will be opening a new food processing and manufacturing plant that will produce products for Islamic and Jewish customers.
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  • June 19, 2013
    Mobile Powerstation Producer Announces Corporate Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana
    Local government and business leaders joined officials from DD Dannar LLC today to announce a new corporate headquarters, high-tech engineering, and Mobile PowerStation® assembly facility in Muncie, Indiana. DD Dannar LLC, a producer of alternatively powered heavy equipment for the governmental sector, will create 288 new jobs and will invest as much as $4.65 million in real estate improvements, equipment, and technology over the next 4 years. The company will initially occupy 25,000 sq. ft. in the Delaware County-owned Business Center facility, located at 4620 W. Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN. Additional space will be added as the company grows.
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