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
Services for Community
Services for Faculty
Services for Students
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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