Recent News and Events

new issue of our newsletter, Community Connections is now available on the web. The Community Wellbeing Primacy of Place(PoP) Knowledge Group recently participated in an HPLive Webinar discussing PoP and their subject area which is available for streaming.  

10-30-13 Fellows Now Recruiting Students for Spring 2014:

Building Better Communities Fellows is now recruiting students for the spring 2014 semester.  See the full list of available classes and don't miss out on one of these exciting opportunities to get real world experience while earning credit. 

10-23-13 Community Spotlight:

We are spotlighting communities that are going the extra mile to increase their Primacy of Place by making placemaking a priority.  Check out our new spotlight feature to learn about our October Spotlight Communities.  

9-20-13 Primacy of Place Conference a Huge Success

The Primacy of Place™ Conference succeeded in attracting over 200 people from around the state to hear presentations by leaders in placemaking including 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 King, Gerry Dick, Dick Heupel, and six Ball State faculty, aka “Primacy of Place™ Fellows” that led breakout sessions on their knowledge group topics of Arts Integration, Municipal GovernanceQuality Education, Community Design, Community Health and Well-being, and Community Readiness for Change.

9-13-13 Ball State to Launch New Digital Marketing Center

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 will announce 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.


9-9-13 BBC Fellows Students Receive High Honors

Students involved in the Visit Indiana Project and Historic Muncie Project received prestigious Accolade Awards for their summer projects.  Visit Indiana won an Award of Excellence for their 2012/2013 campaign and the Muncie's Stewards' documentary won an Award of Merit.  The Accolades are an international award given to video and film productions that have non-traditional (i.e. film and broadcast) distribution.  Visit the Accolade Award website to learn more. 

Additionally, the Minnetrista story is the latest documentary to be added to the Historic Muncie project/website.

8-13-13 PoP Initiative Selected as a Finalist for UEDA 2013 Awards of Excellence Program

Primacy of PlaceBuilding Better Communities’ Primacy of Place Initiative has been recognized as a finalist in the University Economic Development Association’s (UEDA) 2013 Awards of Excellence program in the Research & Analysis category. Nominations were received from institutions across the country during this highly competitive process and were judged on replicability/scalability, originality, and sustainability.  The award winners will be selected and announced at the UEDA Annual Summit in Pittsburgh, PA October 27-30, 2013.


8-8-13 Primacy of Place Community Award Winners

Ball State University's Building Better Communities was happy to announce the three winning communities of our first Primacy of Place Community Awards Program (PoPCAP) at a ceremony held at the Ball State University's Indianapolis Center on August 8, 2013. The 2013 Primacy of Place Community Award recipients were the City of Columbus, City of Valparaiso, and the Town of Walkerton who each received an original glass award designed by Ball State University's Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass in recognition of their efforts in devoting resources toward making their communities better places to live, visit, and do business. Details about their amazing work as well as information on the other great entries we received are coming soon.  


7-18-13 Vermillion County Project:

Vermillion County Economic Development PlanSharon Canaday, Associate Project Director for Building Better Communities, recently completed a project with Vermillion county in northwestern Indiana.  Working with Ball State University, the VCEDC launched a county-wide strategic planning process to build a road map for future community economic development of the county by engaging community residents, business, the public sector (local and county government), non-profits, and education and training as key stakeholders in the process.  


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