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    May 02, 2016
    VISION 2021 Economic Development Planning Effort to Begin

    Roundtable focus groups planned for May 12 & 13, 2016

    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. The focus groups will be conducted on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30-7:30 PM and Friday, May 13 from 8:00-10:00 AM. A follow up meeting to report findings from the first two sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30-7:30. All three meetings will be held at the Horizon Convention Center, 401 South High Street in Muncie.

    The Steering Committee has made a commitment to an open process and anyone with an interest in the prosperity and future of Muncie-Delaware County is encouraged to get involved. “These sessions will be collaborative and inclusive, as our objective is to create a plan that is credible and representative of the needs of the community and our opportunities for advancement,” said Jeff Daniels, Vision 2021 Co-Chairman and Managing Partner, Muncie Auto Group.

    The Vision program, established in 1983, is led by the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, and is founded on public/private partnerships that represent the most comprehensive and successful economic development program in 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, non-profits, and individuals.

    For more than 30 years, the Economic Development Alliance, through the Vision program, has worked to enhance the economic growth, vitality, and global competitiveness of Muncie-Delaware County as a superior business location. Projects such as Magna Powertrain, Progress Rail, Keihin, Sallie Mae (now Naivent), and IBM (now Concentrix) have been major successes for job creation and new capital investment.

    “Attraction, retention, and expansion of companies are fundamentals of economic development and will likely always be integral to the Vision program. However, with Vision 2021, I anticipate an expanded emphasis on quality of place initiatives that make our community a desirable location for both current residents and tomorrow’s generation of innovators,” said Jud Fisher, Vision 2021 Co-Chairman and President/COO, Ball Brothers Foundation.

    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 2,000 committed jobs and a total capital investment of $250 million through new business attraction and the retention and expansion of existing business. A full report on the results of Vision 2016 will be made available in the coming months, but to-date, the job and investment goals have already been exceeded.

    Please RSVP your attendance to Ashley Surpas | asurpas@muncie.com or 765-751-9116.


    Focus Group #1:
    Thursday, May 12, 5:30-7:30 PM

    Focus Group #2:
    Friday, May 13, 8:00-10:00 AM

    Focus Group Results Meeting:
    Wednesday, May 25, 5:30-7:30 PM

    Vision 2021 Steering Committee


    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 Sikora, Estep*Doctor & Company
    Steve Moore, First Merchants Bank


    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

Vision 2021 Focus Groups

Focus Group #1:
May 12, 5:30-7:30 PM

Focus Group #2:
May 13, 8:00-10:00 AM

Focus Group Results:
May 25, 5:30-7:30 PM

Please RSVP
Ashley Surpas


Did You Know?

The Muncie-Delaware County Economic The Alliance is one of only 43 Accredited Economic Development Organizations (AEDO) in the USA and Canada, and is the longest-standing AEDO in the nation.

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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 Williamson
Economic Development Coordinator
Erin Williamson joined the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in November 2020. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ball State University. Erin was born and raised in Muncie and has a passion for community and local business. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, being in nature, and spending time with loved ones.
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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
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.