A big thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2014 Primacy of Place conference at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre last week.  We enjoyed meeting so many civic and business leaders who are doing great things in communities across the state of Indiana.    

In addition to hearing from national experts Aaron Renn and Ed Burghard, conference-goers had the chance to learn from local civic leaders like TechPoint’s Michael Langellier, Indiana Humanities’ Keira Amstutz and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ Geoff Schomacker. They also gathered valuable information from urban planning, history and wellness researchers from Ball State.  In addition, representatives from Jeffersonville, Columbus, Rushville, Lafayette and the Nickel Plate Arts Trail in Hamilton/Tipton counties shared critical insights into their process of committing to Primacy of Place in their communities.    

Read about Brian Blackford’s top takeaways from the conference.

  1. Be patient, but get started. 
  2. Be true to who you are. 
  3. Be creative. 
  4. Be resourceful. 

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If you are interested in exploring Primacy of Place for your community, contact us at or (765) 285-2773 to get started.  

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