PoPCON13 - Conference Huge Success
The Primacy of Place™ Conference was held at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis on Friday, Sept. 20th. Over 200 local officials, business and civic leaders gathered to share and explore the art of developing, attracting, and retaining talent through quality of place initiatives.
The agenda featured state and national thought-leaders who provided insights and new perspectives on the economic significance of place. Presenters included Fortune 160 Indiana Company Cummins, Inc.’s CEO Tom Linebarger, president and founder of Project for Public Spaces Fred Kent, OrthoWorx president Sheryl Conley, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Provost Terry King, Inside INdiana Business host and creator Gerry Dick, and BBC’s Dick Heupel.
The afternoon breakout sessions focused on best practices that participants could implement in their communities as well as unveiled BBC’s new Primacy of Place™ Best Practices Databases. Six Ball State faculty, known as “Primacy of Place™ Fellows” that led breakout sessions on their knowledge group topics of Arts Integration, Municipal Governance, Community Collaboration for Educational Excellence, Community Design, Community Wellbeing, and Community Readiness for Change.
PoPCAP13 Awards IN Communities
At the Primacy of Place™ Community Awards Program, Building
Better Communities honored three Indiana communities for exceptional
initiatives that have made them better places to live, visit and do business. Columbus, Valparaiso and Walkerton each
received BBC’s first annual Primacy of Place™ Community Awards, which were
presented during an afternoon ceremony on August 8th at Ball State’s
awards are part of a wider “Primacy of Place™” initiative by BBC to help Indiana
communities put in place amenities and programs designed to improve the quality
of life they offer. Primacy of Place™ is built around the idea that people are
the most important ingredients of any economic development effort, and
communities must do everything they can to attract and retain top talent, says
John Fallon, Associate Vice President
of Economic Development and Community Engagement.
awards were developed to encourage and reward cities and towns making the
strategic choice to dedicate its resources toward the improvement of life
experiences for residents, businesses, and visitors. Ball State chose three award recipients from
among 22 worthy entries by communities in 18 counties from the Lake Michigan
region in the north to the Ohio River in the south. Read more about the winners.
Primacy of Place™ Best Practices Databases
Building Better Communities has brought together a set of knowledge groups, each headed by a Knowledge Group Fellow, to develop a set of Primacy of Place™ Best Practice Databases to serve as a resource for beginners and experts alike in the 6 topics we feel are most relevant to placemaking activities and challenges:
Each category is populated with some of the best media, tools, case studies, funding sources, and articles we could find as selected by our experts and research teams. New materials will be added as they are discovered, so be sure to check back often!
Better Communities is in the process of being designated as the host
organization for the Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center. The Center will focus its work on increasing
the size and diversity of the healthcare workforce development pipeline in the
region. Operating within a 17-county
region, this unit will work with the sum of healthcare institutions and
organizations and educational institutions to encourage students to pursue
healthcare careers. Key to this work
will be a broadly-based advisory group that includes diverse geographic and
functional representation. The Center is
one of six units that comprise the Indiana Area Health Education Center Network
and will be funded with both state and federal support.
months ahead, the Center staff will be recruited and data and information about
regional needs will be reviewed. It is
expected that a strategic plan will be refined early in 2014 and that related
programming will commence in earnest during the spring.
additions to the BBC staff signal its increasing commitment to community and
economic development and the two most populous regions in Indiana. During mid-August, David Terrell joined the
BBC team as Director of Economic Development Policy. Terrell comes to this new role from the
position of Senior Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and former
Deputy Chief of Staff to former Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman and
Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. His experience in community and economic
development is widely-recognized throughout Indiana and increasingly on a national
level. Terrell is based at the Ball
State University Indianapolis Center.
begins her appointment as Director of Public Policy and Engagement
during mid-October. Based in Fort Wayne,
Neu will focus her work on the full range of governmental and nonprofit
community and economic development organizations particularly in Northeast
Indiana. She comes from a strong
background in municipal government in both Indiana and Virginia, and Chamber of
Commerce and county government work. She
has been actively involved in state and national economic development
The university is moving in these directions
based on its current strategic plan titled Advancing Indiana. This approach is predicated on the notion
that the institution takes seriously it obligation as a state-assisted
organization to share its resources toward the betterment of the state.
The first Town and Gown
Conversations dinner of the 2013-2014 season was Tuesday, September 10. The
guest speaker was Anne Neal, the co-founder and president of the American
Council of Trustees and Alumni. For over 15 years, Neal has been a
prominent national player in higher education reform, publishing widely and
appearing frequently on radio and television, including Fox Business News, CNN,
Fox News, WGN, and National Public Radio.
In 2007, and then again in 2010,
Ms. Neal was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional
Quality and Integrity which advises the U.S. Secretary of Education on federal
accreditation. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she
was president of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. She has served on the
boards of many cultural and civic organizations, and currently is a director of
the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and
The next Town and Gown
Conversations dinner is scheduled for December 6 with author Nicholas Basbanes.
Although he is known for writing about books, bibliophiles, and various aspects
of book culture, Mr. Basbanes has also been an award-winning investigative
reporter, literary editor, lecturer, and a nationally syndicated columnist.
The Center, in collaboration
with the Winchester Foundation, hosted its third Winchester Colloquium on
September 27. The participants, comprised of community leaders throughout the
state, discussed “Success and Failure in Small American Cities of the 21st Century: Historical
The 59th Academy for
Community Leadership class started September 5 with 36 participants. The
13-week program is a partnership between Ball State University and the
Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. The Academy’s goal is to identify
individuals within Muncie and Delaware County who are emerging leaders and
prepare them for future leadership. Through contact with a variety of experts,
the participants expand their leadership skills, knowledge, and influence in
the community. It is an educational forum that includes interaction with other
members of the current class, guest speakers, and panelists.
BACK TO TOP
The Ball State Indianapolis Center has a successful
reputation because of the thriving Master’s programs in Urban Design, Executive
Development for Public Service, Math Education, and the doctoral cohort in Educational
Administration and Supervision. Recently the Ball State Indianapolis Center
staff rolled out a new encouragement program to all academic departments offering
a $2,500 development incentive for every course section within a new academic
program that meets minimum enrollment. Together this partnership will bridge
the rich tradition of Ball State University’s historically rigorous academic
programs to a new market in the greater Indianapolis area where 35,000 alumni reside. For more information, contact Kelly Favory at
the Indianapolis Center (317) 822-6167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ball State University is launching the Center for Digital Marketing Advancement (DMA) – a collaboration between the Center for Media Design, H.H.Gregg Center for Professional Selling, and Building Better Communities. On September 19, 2013, Ball State announced the DMA launch at TechPoint's M Tech summit in Indianapolis. DMA is an industry-focused research endeavor that creates an external engagement arm to identify and communicate digital marketing best practices and methods for educating future marketing technology workers at all levels.
A Centennial State Park Tour Explored through
Visitor Smart Phones
Partner: Indiana Department of Natural
Resources Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Mentor: Ron Morris, Department of History
Ball State students used GPS technology to
create a phone application to help visitors to the State Parks learn about the
history of the park through a combination walking and driving tour. The visitor looks through their smart phone
to see how the park has evolved.
High Riding Art
and Equestrian Camp
Partners: Blackford County Community
Foundation, Blackford County Schools
Mentor: Ruth Jones, Department of
A summer two week camp for Blackford County
school aged children with disabilities.
Camp focuses on art, music, science, equestrian activities, and sports.
Museum Video Project
Partner: Miami County Historical Museum
Mentor: Chris Flook, Department of Telecommunications
group assisted the Miami County Historical Society (Indiana) in achieving those
goals by: creating a series of web videos that showcase the MCHS Museum,
propagate these visual narratives through a social media campaign, and with the
development of a new website.
Resources Communications Campaign
Partner: Muncie Indiana Transit System
Faculty Mentor: Sue Mantel, Department of Marketing &
Project team developed a themed campaign to convey Human Resources
messages to MiTs employees using various media delivery systems.
Orchestra Awareness Campaign
Partner: Muncie Symphony Orchestra
Faculty Mentor: Sue Mantel, Department of Marketing &
Team developed a marketing plan for MSO to use in both the announcement
of their new Artistic Director and their plans increased revenue.
Ball Family Documentary/Community Philanthropy
Partner: Ball Brothers Foundation
Faculty Mentor: Chris Flook, Department of Telecommunications
multi-year project contains three aspects:
a definitive documentary on the five Ball brothers and the Ball Brothers
Glass Manufacturing Company; a video series on the concept of
philanthropy/community development based in Muncie Delaware County; and a series of profile videos highlighting projects
supported by the Ball Brothers Foundation.
Ball State to Broadway
Partner: Ball State University
Faculty Mentor: Sonny Wingler, Department of
This project is chronicling the journey of the musical, The Circus in Winter, as it prepares for
its Broadway debut.
Cold Case Homicides: Making
a difference for Families and the System
Partner: Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police
Mentor: Bryan Byers, Department of Criminal Justice
team of BSU criminal justice immersive learning students is working with Crime
Stoppers of Central Indiana on meaningful products intended to assist the unit
with cold case homicide visibility. A significant problem with the visibility
of cold case homicides rests with the “staying power” of public information.
Cornerstone Center for the Arts Interior Design Project
Partner: Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Mentor: Reza Ahmadi, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
primary goal of the project is to provide Cornerstone for the Arts with a
variety of schematic design ideas for their third floor spaces. Cornerstone may
choose design ideas from one project or gather ideas from multiple projects for
Environmental Investigation & Multimedia Presentation of Riparian Zone
Management and Sediment Erosion along the White River
Partner: Flat Land Resources
Mentors: Lee Florea, Department of
Geological Sciences; Adam Kuban, Department of Journalism
Utilizing a unique blend of Journalism and Geology students, this group
will examine multiple aspects of the White River Watershed in order to provide
valuable information to the community partner.
This project team hopes to have a meaningful and lasting impact on the
water quality of the White River Watershed through research, testing and
dissemination of information.
Food for Thought
Partner: Indiana Public Radio
Faculty Mentor: Terry Heifetz, Department of
Project students will research, produce, and deliver stories across
several types of media that focus on unique East Central Indiana food
alternatives to dining at chain restaurants.
Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting for Ball State University
Partner: Ball State University Council
on the Environment
Mentor: Gwendolen White, Department of Accounting
Project will exam and evaluate sustainability efforts at Ball
State University and build on the previous GRI Report for BSU.
Grace Episcopal Church: Connecting Congregation and Community
Partner: Grace Episcopal Church
Mentor: Peggy Fisher, Department of Communication Studies
This project team is assisting Grace Episcopal Church of Muncie, Indiana
develop a strategy for engaging the community. This project will provide the
church with strategies, ideas, and fresh insight into how to improve church
Henry County Schools Survey
Partner: Henry County HomeTown
Faculty Mentor: Melinda Messineo, Department of Sociology
This project will administer the
third wave of the Student Perceptions Survey to public school students in New
Castle, Indiana. The team will also help
to analyze and interpret results.
Innovation Connector Ambassadors – Market
Research for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs
Partner: Innovation Connector
Mentor: Russ Wahlers, Department of Marketing and Management
This project will involve a systematic analysis of the
entrepreneurial climate in East Central Indiana by profiling the business
demographics of current and prospective entrepreneurs and assessing the support
needs of these business firms. Results
of this project will enable the Innovation Connector to identify prospective
business and assess the services needs of both current and future clients.
School for the Deaf Video Project
Partner: Indiana School for the Deaf
Mentors: Michael Lee and Sonny Wingler,
Department of Telecommunications
Project students will showcase and disseminate
information about resources, information, and opportunities available at the
school through video. Produced videos
will specifically highlight educational programs, residential/student life, and
Lenape on the Wapahani
Partner: Delaware Tribe of Indians,
Indiana Historical Society, Local Historical Societies
Faculty Mentor: Chris Flook, Department of Telecommunications
Students are researching and producing a documentary about the
Lenape Indians in East Central Indiana.
A website and digital guide will also accompany the video.
Into the Woods with Design Thinking
Partner: Head Start of Delaware County
Mentors: Pam Harwood, Department of Architecture, Resa Matlock, Teachers
Students in this project are creating a nature-based playscape for
300 children and staff at the Head Start early childhood education program in
Muncie, IN. They are also developing
workshops for the training of educators and designers in the use and
construction of nature-based play environments.
Project Leadership and Ball State Partnership
Partner: Project Leadership (21st Century Scholars Program)
Mentor: Melinda Messineo, Department of Sociology
Project team is continuing the work of the previous semester’s
team by working on the gathering and transfer of survey data into
CiviCore. Team is helping with
refinements to design and implementation methods to ensure program success.
Community Center – Creating a Strategic Vision
Partner: Town of Sheridan
Mentor: Keith D’Ambra, Department of
Marketing & Management
group of Ball State students is assisting the town of Sheridan in developing
and reviewing options with respect to the strategic and best use of the town’s
existing community center.
The Star Press Interior Design Project
Partner: The Star Press
Mentor: Reza Ahmadi, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
team of students is providing a variety of schematic design ideas for the Star
Press media rooms. Star Press will have
multiple design options presented to them and be able to pick and choose what
is most appropriate for implementation.
Quality Living - Poverty Awareness Year Ambassadors
Partner: TEAMwork for Quality Living
Mentor: Peggy Fisher, Department of
Students are creating a visual display
for the dual purposes of creating awareness of life in poverty and fundraising
in support of Poverty Awareness Year.
The students are focusing on nonverbal aspects of the display and the
Indiana Soccer Foundation
Mentor: Lindsey Blom, School of Physical
Education, Sport and Exercise Science
This Building Better Communities project is piloting
a template of best practices for youth sport organizations to use as a guide in
creating an environment that promotes positive youth development.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: narratives
of landscape, space + meaning
Partners: Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Fund, Cultural Landscape Foundation, ASLA
Mentors: Carla Corbin and Martha Hunt,
Department of Landscape Architecture
This project is focusing on two areas. One:
educating the public about contemporary landscape architecture, using
the Memorial as a dramatic and successful model. Two:
documenting the untold stories of the Memorial’s realization in a series
of interviews with important contributors.
Working in collaboration with key individuals from the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Fund and the Cultural Landscape Foundation, and in partnership with
Ball State’s Digital Publishing Studio, students will create and publish visual
narratives for use by visitors on site at the Memorial in Washington DC.
WaterStep Strategic Plan Development
Mentor: John Vann, Department of Marketing and Management
WaterStep, with headquarters in Louisville, KY, works with
residents of developing countries to address sustainable long-term hygiene,
sanitation, and water needs. This
not-for-profit organization has opened an office in Indianapolis and desires to
work with Ball State students in formulating a strategic development plan. Students are developing plans to increase
awareness of WaterStep among residents in the Indianapolis area, formulating
fund raising initiatives, establishing strategic partnerships, and formulating
a unique image and mission for WaterStep-Indy.
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