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Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Ball State University has earned the Elective Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. Learn more.

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. 

Services for Community Partners
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May 6-7: Community Development Course, Indianapolis.  This two-day course for community and economic developers 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.  The course covers trends and new approaches in economic development, including community development planning, group facilitation, and community development career management.     

May 28-30: International Symposium on Service-Learning, co-sponsored by Indiana Campus Compact and the University of Indianapolis.  The event, titled “Service-Learning as a Global Interdisciplinary Movement: Transforming Communities and Higher Education” aims to increase the scientific contribution to service-learning, strengthen networks among institutions of higher education and community partners on a global scale, and enhance student-engaged citizenship. 

June 4: SHARING YOUR STORY: Media training for community organizations, Indianapolis. Indiana Landmarks and Building Better Communities have partnered to offer media training designed to help community organizations better tell their stories…and be heard. Held at the Indiana Landmarks Center, this three-hour workshop focuses on how to create an effective message, and effectively pinpoint, package and pitch information to media targets.   

June 16-17: Brownfields Workshops, Indianapolis. Does your community have an abandoned building, old gas station, or other potentially contaminated site that is impeding your community’s future growth? Ball State’s Building Better Communities, Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB), Indiana Brownfields Program and EPA Region 5 have partnered together to bring you two days of informative brownfields workshops at the Ball State Indianapolis Center in downtown Indianapolis. Registration opening soon!

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Building Better Communities
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Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

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