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.
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.
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
Governance, Quality Education, Community
Design, Community Health and Well-being, and Community Readiness for Change.
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.
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.
Building 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.
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.
Sharon 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.
Do you have a question about one of our recent projects? Would you like to find out how Building Better Communities may be able to help your area or organization? Contact us and follow us on Twitter!
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