Building Better Communities Fellows recently hosted another successful Showcase of projects from the summer/fall of 2013. Three of the fall projects were nominated for Aurora Awards for their video components, and Cold Case Homicides: Making a difference for Families and the System received some great recognition from the media. Fellows also wrapped up a 5-year grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and announced 17 projects for the spring semester.
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BBC INTRODUCES WORKFORCE LEADER
the new President and CEO for the Muncie-based Alliance for Strategic Growth,
was introduced to the campus community at a reception in BBC on December 5th. He was formally appointed during late
September as the result of an extensive leadership search. He replaced Barbara Street, the longstanding
former leader of the organization.
recently, Row served as the Chief Operating Officer of EDGE Manufacturing in
Bluffton. Prior to that assignment, he
served for five years as Executive Director of Economic Development for Wells
County. His background also includes
service as an assistant professor and administrator at Taylor University, an
adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and member of the Grant County
Council. Row earned undergraduate and
graduate degrees from Ball State University and is a graduate of the University
of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
for Strategic Growth is East Central Indiana’s primary workforce development
organization. The Alliance serves a nine
county region with eight WorkOne locations, one of eleven such operations in
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BBC OPENS FORT WAYNE OFFICE
Better Communities recently opened its downtown Fort Wayne office. This location, in the First Source Bank
Building at 200 East Main Street, is the home base for Beth Neu, Director of
Public Policy and Community Engagement.
The office itself is positioned adjacent to the Northeast Indiana
Regional Partnership, IPFW’s Community Research Institute, WorkOne and the
Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
This arrangement, and the relationships that it represents, is
considered ideal for the nature of the work that the office intends to
perform. An open house is planned for our new location in the weeks ahead.
BETTER NEIGHBORHOODS INITIATIVE ADVANCES
Building Better Neighborhoods initiative took a major step forward recently
with the engagement of Heather L. Williams as Program Manager. Most recently, Ms. Williams served as Zoning/Structural
Inspector in the Building Commissioner’s
Office for the City of Muncie. Her
previous work experience also included service as a Planner, Coordinator of the
Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and Assistant Administrator of the Unsafe
Building Hearing Authority in the City’s Community Development Department. Williams has earned three degrees from Ball State
University including a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Business Administration
with a focus in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Urban Planning with an
emphasis on Community Development. She
presently serves as President of the Board of Directors of ecoREHAB, Inc.,
member of the Board of Directors at the Roy C. Buley Community Center and as a
Mayoral appointment to the Neighborhood Investment Committee.
Neighborhoods is funded for three years by the Ball Brothers Foundation. Ball State University provides additional
funding and a commitment to support related immersive learning projects. The initiative is focused on strengthening
neighborhoods in the Muncie community by working closely with existing
neighborhood associations and collaborating with others to establish new
groups. The project is related to a key
priority of the Muncie Action Plan and will serve to facilitate the resources
of the university toward neighborhood development.
BALL STATE WELCOMES THE NORTHEAST INDIANA AREA HEALTH CENTER TO BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES
As the new host for the
Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC), Building Better
Communities is pleased to announce
that Cathy D. Whaley, MS, MCHES has been hired as the Temporary Program Manager. In this role, Mrs. Whaley will facilitate
the development of the Center’s infrastructure at Ball State University,
including the hiring of Center staff, assembling a representative Advisory
Board, and refining the Center’s five year strategic plan.
funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Indiana State
Department of Health, NEI-AHEC promotes health career opportunities to high
school students and underrepresented minorities, encourages college students
and health professionals to work in areas with limited health care providers,
and enhances the knowledge and skills of a diverse workforce of health
professionals throughout northeast Indiana.
NEI-AHEC includes the 17 counties of Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware,
Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Randolph, Steuben,
Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. If you are a health care workforce
stakeholder in one of the above-mentioned counties and would like to serve on
the Advisory Board or be involved with future health-related programming for
rural and medically underserved communities, please contact Mrs. Whaley for
additional information (email@example.com
Our Economic and Community Development Division has also been busy! Ball
State University’s Building Better Communities (BBC) held its 34th
Economic Development Course (EDC) in January of this year, and for the
second year in a row, the Indiana Arts Commission has partnered with us to provide capacity building
opportunity consultancies to Indiana communities selected to participate in the
Commission’s Community Cultural Planning Consultancy Program.
In addition Dr. Michael Hicks of
Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), and Dick
Heupel, Sharon Canaday, David Terrell, and Beth Neu of Building Better
Communities’ Economic and Community Development unit traversed Indiana in
November and December of 2013 to facilitate eleven regional meetings focused on
gathering input and information from economic, business, and workforce
development professionals to help identify regional key economic sectors. In November
of 2013, the Indiana Grantmakers
Alliance (IGA), a nonprofit membership association serving the state’s
community, corporate, family, independent, operating, private and public
foundations, as well as corporate giving programs, invited Building Better
Communities (BBC) to participate in five regional Fall Forums throughout
Indiana. The forums were attended by foundations and corporate giving programs to talk about
quality of place in communities, why it matters, and what role foundations and
giving programs can play in community placemaking efforts that impact quality
of life, attract and retain talent, and contribute to economic development
BBC has also signed an agreement with the
Rural Policy Research Institute to develop a national state policy
program. David Terrell will be the national chair of this
initiative, and he was also awarded the honor of the Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of
Kentucky, Steven L. Beshear. This is the
highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to ambassadors of good
will and fellowship.
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CDMA Expanding Programs to Include Fort Wayne
Late last year, the Online
Marketing Institute (OMI) released a study that pointed to a significant
shortage of digital marketing talent. The 2013 national study surveyed 747 key
executives and found that these company executives were not satisfied with the
current skill levels of their digital marketing leadership and employees. The
report also found that over 80 percent of the companies faced significant
problems in locating, hiring and retaining talent in digital marketing fields.
Ball State’s Center for Digital Marketing Advancement (CDMA), launched last
fall and is committed to solving this workforce development dilemma. As an industry-focused, problem-solving group,
the staff works to demystify digital marketing strategies and highlights the
necessary skill sets that help companies and employees accelerate their
digital marketing results. To date, the
center has been working with economic development and technology partners in
Indianapolis to identify digital best practices and has developed professional
workshops on a
variety of topics that help improve employee skill sets and enhance marketing
efforts. The unit also works with campus
departments and faculty to develop curricula that prepares graduates for future
digital media related fields.
spring the CDMA is expanding this effort to include the Fort Wayne and Allen
County area. In order to make new
contacts, the staff will work with Beth Neu, BBC Director of Public Policy and
Engagement, to meet with businesses, attend community meetings, and provide
workshops to interested companies. The Center
will also offer lunchtime talks, three-hour workshops, and customized, in-depth, one
or two-day workshops on topics particularly relevant to the host company.
addition, CDMA is looking for digital marketing professionals willing to be
interviewed on their company’s social media best practices, challenges, and
successes. These interviews are part of
an ongoing research effort to create a best practices and case study archive to
be used in training and whitepapers.
you would like to sign-up for a digital marketing lunchtime talk or would like
to know more about customized workshops, contact Suzanne Plesha, CDMA Associate
Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
On February 18, 2014 at the Ball State Fishers
Center @ Saxony, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, awarded the designation of
Certified Public Supervisor to eighteen state and local government and
nonprofit officials. Additionally, the Ball State Indianapolis
Center is offering Graduate Certificates in Public Administration beginning
this coming Fall 2014 term. The Greater Indianapolis Area would also like to announce the debut of their quarterly eNewsletter which was successfully launched this quarter.
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The 2013 Magna
cum Murder (McM) Crime Writing Festival XIX exceeded our expectations this past October with 140 registrations, up 50
from last year. The festival, which was held previously in Muncie, moved
to the historic Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis to serve as Magna’s home
for the next three years. The
December 3rd Town and Gown Conversations dinner with special
guest Nicholas Basbanes, author of “On Paper: The Everything of Its 2000 Year
History,” attracted 70 guests, and the annual Christmas Luminaria walk welcomed over 2500 guests. E.B. Ball was also commended for its use and care of the facility and needed renovations were green-lighted to continue in June.
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On November 7, 2013, Ball State University offered GeoCon I, a single day event
in which presenters and participants exchanged technical notes, developed
understandings, and shared experiences with the design, installation, and
operations of geothermal ground source heat pump technology.
Activities included a pre-session on the basics of geothermal heat pump
systems, along with a synopsis of Ball State University’s sustainability
efforts, and an overview of Ball State’s geothermal system. Additional presentations were given by
academic and industry professionals related to geothermal technology. A highlight for the 60+ participants included
tours of the south campus borehole field and the District Energy Station North
Based on the success of the fall program, GeoCon II is scheduled for
April 10, 2014. It will highlight aspects
on design, drilling, and equipment. The
agenda will feature geothermal professionals, an industry panel discussion, and
Ball State’s geothermal system.
Participants will have the opportunity to visit these campus sites: (1) Letterman Building (HVAC Interface); (2) District
Energy Station North (Controls, Monitoring & Equipment); and (3) South
Campus Borehole Field (Drill Site).
Ball State University expresses its appreciation to Automated Logic, The Geothermal
Exchange Organization, and HeatSpring Learning Institute for their sponsorship of
GeoCon along with the additional support provided from the Chevrolet
university’s redoubled commitment toward advancing Indiana is yielding
significant quantitative results. For
the first year of the institution’s current strategic plan—2012-2013—there were
significant gains in outreach activity.
During this year, there were 872 outreach and engagement projects
conducted throughout Indiana: an increase of nearly 41% over 2011-2012. These projects engaged more than 11,000
participants. The actual number of
students involved nearly doubled over the previous year to more than 10,500. Student-engaged projects numbered 464, an increase of 65%. All in all, the university was involved in
outreach and engagement in 81 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
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