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May 6-7, 2015 | Ball State Indianapolis Center | Register

The Community Development Course (CDC) is a must attend for all community and economic developers! It is an intense, hands-on, unique educational experience designed to immerse you in a mix of theoretical and practical applications applied to real life situations.  

This course covers trends and new approaches in economic development, including:

  • Understanding GIS
  • The role of planning in community development
  • Managing volunteers
  • Group facilitation
  • Community development career management

*Course agenda may be subject to change.

Mentors with more than 75 collective years of experience use real-life case studies to facilitate small group learning.  You will interact with community development professionals from across the state and gain new strategies for dealing with community challenges.  


“I found the Building Better Communities program full of helpful information, extremely worthwhile for future growth. The course was well led, with the right mix of knowledgeable facilitators, good mix of information, and still flexible to meet the needs of the participants.”

"This program brought together a dynamic group of community advocates and gives you the opportunity to learn from individuals across the state dealing with similar issues.  It’s a great resource and networking opportunity.”

"This course not only offered tools to assess my community and organization but also myself professionally. We were presented with the tools to use for continuous improvement of all aspects in addition the group activities and networking opportunities were very valuable.”  


  • full or part-time community development professionals with public, civic, or private development agencies
  • experienced professionals seeking to update and expand their knowledge and skills  
  • government officials, community volunteers, and other community leaders    
  • professionals from the fields of planning, housing, community foundations, utilities, social services, and economic development    
  • anyone looking to learn more about community development  


click here to register for the course
When: May 6-7, 2015 
Where: Ball State Indianapolis Center, downtown Indianapolis  
Cost: $399 on or before April 14, 2015. $449 after April 14, 2015. 
This price includes course materials, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.


A limited number of scholarships are available for participants located in the following service areas.  If you are in one of these service areas and interested in obtaining a scholarship to attend this course, please choose your provider from those listed and contact them for details before you register:  

Indiana Municipal Power Agency
Susan Reed
(317) 575-3879 

Wabash Valley Power Association 
Adrienne Lyons 
(317) 481-2811  

Other scholarship providers may be identified soon - check back to see if any become available in your service area.  


There are activities planned starting at 8 a.m. and running through 8 p.m. It is strongly recommended that you plan to attend all events so that you get the most of your experience. There are several downtown hotels near the Ball State Indianapolis Center; the closest is the Indianapolis Hampton Inn located at 105 S. Meridian Street. 

A small block of rooms is available at the Hampton Inn, at the Ball State discounted rate of $126/night.  Please make your reservation by April 14th to receive the group rate.  To make reservations by phone call (317) 261-1200 and reference the group name, BSU Community Development Course, or the group code, BCD.   To make a reservation online, please visit  this direct link.  Alternately, you may go through After clicking on ‘Check Availability’, you will be directed to another page. On the right, you will see a column for ‘Special Accounts and Rates’. Please type in the group code, BCD.  

This is a busy time of the year for Indianapolis.  We recommend you reserve your hotel room early. If you are having trouble finding a room, please try's excellent hotels resource. Discounts may be available at select locations to those with valid state employee I.D.s at time of reservation.  

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Building Better Communities
Carmichael Hall (CA), room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-2773
Fax: 765-285-4989
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