Why Muncie-Delaware County?

Strategic Location & Nationally Recognized

  • Muncie-Delaware County has a city population of approximately 70,087, a county population of 117,671 and a regional population of approximately 429,000. It is strategically located 58 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
  • Easy access to the top 100 markets in the country, Muncie-Delaware County has a diverse economic landscape.
  • Central location and unsurpassed infrastructure for logistics and distribution.
  • Workforce that is experienced in life science, advanced manufacturing, 21st century logistics and information technology.
  • Muncie-Delaware County provides the advantages of a large metropolitan area with the conveniences and quality of life of a smaller, more comfortable community.
  • Muncie is the only city in Indiana to be recognized as the Indiana “Community of the Year” twice by the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce.

Great Place to Work & Grow a Business

  • Strength in our communities springs from the people who live and work here. Muncie-Delaware County has a young, diverse workforce with a strong, productive work ethic.
  • Businesses include Fortune 500 companies Navient, Concentrix, Progress Rail Services, SuperValu, Jarden Home Brands, and Ardagh Group.
  • Keihin Aircon North America (Honda Supplier) helps anchor the Airpark Industrial Park.
  • Muncie-Delaware County has three fully-serviced industrial parks and a Certified Technology Park.
  • Auto manufacturing giant Magna Powertrain (MPT-Muncie) continues to expand its operations in Delaware County in the Industria Centre Industrial Park. 
  • European wind energy company Brevini (Italy) has established U.S.A. headquarters and manufacturing operations in Delaware County in the Park One Business Park.
  • Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has located a locomotive assembly facility in Muncie.
  • Automotive supplier Mursix Corporation has recently expanded its building footprint and workforce, and continues to invest as the business grows, currently occupying nearly a half-million square feet.
  • Navient has expanded its facility, adding hundreds of jobs, making it the largest for-profit employer in Delaware County.

Indiana Quick Facts

  1. No inventory tax.
  2. Corporate income tax is based solely on the portion of a company’s sales in Indiana.
  3. Indiana has three state-of-the-art international ports – each a Foreign Trade Zone – located on two major inland waterways.
  4. More than 565,000 Indiana residents are employed in manufacturing. (Manufacturers’ News, 2014)
  5. Indiana is one of only 11 states to earn the top bond rating from all three major credit rating agencies: S&P, Fitch, Moody’s.
  6. Indiana is served by a rail system of more than 4,700 miles of mainline track.
  7. Indiana’s Venture Capital Investment tax credit boosts start-up and emerging companies with critical growth capital.
  8. Indiana’s Sales and Use Tax is one of the lowest in the Midwest.
  9. Indiana ranks eighth among states in the U.S. Small Business Policy Index. (Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, December 2013.)
  10. Indiana created a state R&D sales tax credit, which provides an exemption to companies on the amount they paid in state sales taxes on research and development equipment. The credit applies to laboratory equipment, computers, computer software, telecommunications equipment or testing equipment.
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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.