Community Development Course

Building Better Communities
Community Development Course 
May 6-7, 2014 


The Community Development Course  is a must attend for all community and economic developers! It is a two-day, unique educational experience which utilizes a mix of theoretical and practical applications applied to real life situations.

Mentors with over 75 collective years of experience will facilitate your learning throughout the program.  Real-life case studies will be discussed and you will leave the course with new strategies to deal with community challenges you face.  You will interact with community development professionals from across the state and learn from their experiences and background. 

The course is hands-on, fast-paced, and high-tech (please plan to bring a laptop with you*). 

*If you do not have a laptop to bring along, Ball State will be able to provide a limited number.

What participants have said about the CD Course:  

“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  

You will learn how to apply both practical and theoretical applications to your professional career, your organization, and your community while gaining an understanding of the history, philosophy, and vocabulary associated with community development.  This course covers trends, new approaches in economic development, and offers professional development along with a Ball State University certificate of completion.

The Community Development Course agenda* includes: 

  • understanding GIS    
  • understanding the role of planning in community development    
  • how to manage volunteers    
  • understanding group facilitation    
  • community development career management    

*Course agenda may be subject to change.


The course is currently full.  You may still fill out the registration form if you would like to be added to the waiting list.  

When: May 6-7, 2014
Where: Ball State Indianapolis Center, downtown Indianapolis
Cost: $399 on or before April 12, 2014. $449 after April 12, 2014.

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: 

Jack Moore
(574) 269-1520

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

Wabash Valley Power Association
Sherry Rose
(317) 481-2844

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 block of rooms are available at the Hampton Inn, at the Ball State discounted rate of $124/night.  Please make your reservation by April 7th to receive the group rate.  To make reservations by phone call (317) 261-1200 and reference the group name, Ball State Community, or the group code, BSU.   To make reservation online, please visit 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, BSU. 

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.    

This program generously sponsored by:

Duke Energy

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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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