Vision 2016

Vision 2016 is the name of Muncie’s previous five-year economic development program. This public/private partnership represents the most comprehensive economic development plan in the history of the county. The program, which ran from 2011 through the end of 2016, has six goals with corresponding objectives.

Vision 2016 is seeking to create 2,000 primary income jobs with an annual payroll of more than $66 million (when all 2,000 jobs are in place) to the community. Vision 2016 will focus on the attraction of $250 million in new capital investment.

According to Michael Hicks, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research for Ball State University, the achievement of Vision 2016 goals can bring in 4,124 in direct, indirect, and induced jobs with $261.9 million in value-added over 5 years. Those numbers grow to 8,250 direct, indirect, and induced jobs with $523.9 million in value-added over 10 years.

Project Goals and Objectives

The Vision 2016 Economic Development Program has the following goals:
  • Expansion and retention of existing businesses
  • New business attraction
  • Image of Muncie-Delaware County
  • Workforce Education
  • Community Planning and Preparedness
  • Early Childhood Education

Community Benefit

The general welfare and material well-being of the citizens of Muncie-Delaware County depend on immediate action to develop a strong, entrepreneurial economy, characterized by knowledge, innovation, and speed. It is in the best interest of Muncie-Delaware County to promote research innovation and high-technology enterprises that utilize the high-order skills of an educated workforce.

The Vision 2016 economic development program presents a tremendous opportunity to move our community forward by helping to transition Muncie-Delaware County from a traditional community relying heavily on manufacturing to a community that embraces technology, innovation, entrepreneurship. This transition is necessary if we are going to retain our residents, increase our tax base, and raise the standard of living in our community. The incorporation and focus on Early Childhood education is an important component of this new program. We can only achieve the goal of exceeding the state average per capita income level by raising the overall educational levels or our residents.

Vision 2016 will not abandon existing businesses and the manufacturing sector. Rather, it will seek to work with existing businesses to take advantage of programs and opportunities that will make them more competitive in today’s global environment. It will seek to bring new 21st century manufacturing-based businesses to the community.

Method of Evaluation

The method of evaluation for each goal is defined in the Vision 2016 plan book on pages 11, 13,14,16,18, and 21

Jud Fisher, President & COO, Ball Brothers Foundation

"Our Foundation's motto has been to improve the quality of life within Indiana. This aligns strategically with the Vision 2016 goals. Whether it is immediate charitable need or long-term workforce development, Ball Brothers Foundation believes in strong partnerships that assist the community." Read More

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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.
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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.