Ball State's front door for Outreach and Engagement

Building Better Communities (BBC) exists to link Indiana communities, organizations and businesses with the resources and expertise of Ball State faculty and students.  These connections are a vital part of Ball State’s commitments to advance Indiana and provide dynamic, real-world learning experiences for its students.

BBC staff members across seven locations and affiliated centers include dedicated project managers, economic development professionals and policy experts. With more than 25 years of experience, BBC can effectively match local, regional or state-level challenges with Ball State assets to create practical and innovative solutions. 

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Registration is open for the 2014 Primacy of Place Conference

The 2014 Primacy of Place Conference (PoPCON) will take place on October 16 in Indianapolis.  Keynote speakers include Aaron Renn, Ed Burghard, and Michael Langellier.  Register online – early bird rates apply through September 14.

Congratulations to our Primacy of Place Community Award winners! 

Riverside Park Amphitheater in Rushville, Big Four Bridge and Big Four Station in Jeffersonville, Nickel Plate Arts Initiative in eastern Hamilton/southern Tipton counties and the Read to Succeed program in Greater Lafayette/Tippecanoe County were announced as our 2014 PoPCAP winners on Thursday, August 7. Read more about their accomplishments here.

Read our “10 Communities in 10 Weeks” blog series 

As a part of Ball State’s Primacy of Place initiative, we are proud to highlight 10 Indiana cities and towns that have made great strides in increasing their attractiveness and vitality through innovative placemaking strategies.  Read their stories

New immersive learning opportunities available for students  

The BBC fellows program is recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines for summer and fall 2014 terms. Learn more.

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Building Better Communities
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Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

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