September 10, 2015
Muncie Named America’s Most Affordable College Town By realtor.com
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 realtor.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.