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Register for the 2014 PoPCAP Ceremony

PRIMACY OF PLACE (PoP)

Research and practice shows the single most important element in strengthening local economies is attracting and retaining talented individuals.  This requires not only good jobs and schools, but attention to the quality of life in individual communities. Primacy of Place describes a community’s strategic decision to dedicate resources to improving life experiences for residents, businesses and visitors. 

Ball State is proud to support and celebrate Indiana communities that are placing people first. Learn more about our programs: 

Primacy of Place Community Awards Ceremony Luncheon – Join us on Thursday, August 7 at Muncie’s Minnetrista Cultural Center as we recognize our PoPCAP finalists and reveal the winners of the 2014 PoPCAP awards!  Register by July 22.  

“10 Communities in 10 Weeks” blog series – The “10 Communities in 10 Weeks” series highlights Indiana towns and cities that are committed to creating a community culture that nurtures wellness, happiness, and prosperity as a means of attracting and retaining talent.   

Primacy of Place Conference (October 16) – Registration is now open for our 2014 Primacy of Place Conference on October 16 at the Sheraton Indianapolis Center. Featured keynotes include Aaron M. Renn, an opinion-leading urban affairs analyst and entrepreneur and Ed Burghard, creator of the “Strengthening Brand America Project,” helping economic development professionals successfully apply product and corporate branding to market communities for capital investment. Early-bird registration through September 14.  

Primacy of Place Best Practices Resources – To help you start pursuing primary of place, we have compiled best practice resources in six key areas of placemaking.  



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Is your community doing something exciting to improve quality of life for residents and attract talent?  Let us know about your Primacy of Place efforts or send us a Tweet at @BallStatePoP.

Ball State’s Primary of Place initiative is a multidisciplinary partnership between: