Community Best Practice Breakout Sessions Community Wellbeing and Placemaking: Wellness in the Workplace The information in this session will introduce you to the connection between PLACE and WELLBEING and highlight resources you can use in your community. Jane Ellery will present background information to help familiarize you with the foundational thinking for the overall initiative. Chuck Gillespie will follow, sharing insight into some tools and resources Indiana employers can use to create a culture of wellness in their workplaces.
Municipal Governance: Strategic Planning in Support of Primacy of Place: What Sort of Community Do You Want To Have? Local leaders from across Indiana will relate the strategic planning practices they are implementing in their communities and share the successes and challenges they are experiencing. An overview and demonstration of the Municipal Governance Best Practices Database will also be given.
Community Readiness for Change: Is Your Community Ready for Change? Drawing from his experiences as a former Mayor of Indianapolis, the Honorable Bart Peterson will share insights and lessons learned on how communities can better address and prepare for change. A demonstration of the Community Readiness for Change Best Practices Database will also be given.
Excellence in Education: Driving Economic and Community Development through Early Childhood Strategies A prepared workforce is a key to prosperity for any community. Communities must be proactive in their efforts to develop a well-educated citizenry. Early childhood, when 85% of brain development occurs, lays the foundation for each individual's contribution to economic and community development. Research shows that young children who are unprepared when they enter kindergarten will find it challenging to catch up. Learn about promising practices underway in several communities including in Muncie, with a collaboration involving Ball State University, the City of Muncie and other community agencies to build strong children, families and a 21st Century workforce.
Community Best Practice Breakout Sessions
Community Wellbeing and Placemaking: Resources to Support Change Efforts The information in this session will introduce you to the connection between PLACE and WELLBEING and highlight resources you can use in your community. JoEllen Vrazel will open the second segment by highlighting information in Managing Change and Leading through Transition, a report she developed in partnership with Community Initiatives. The session will close with Delaina Boyd and Krista Flynn presenting resources showcased in Ball State’s Primacy of Place™: Community Wellbeing Best Practices Database.
Arts Integration: Creating and Maintaining Community Partnerships with Artists This session will discuss how arts integration provides economic support to a community and improves a community’s quality of place. Measures community and local government organizations can take to build better relationships with artists and foster creation will also be discussed.
Community Design: Case Studies in Transforming Community Great places don’t just happen. Explore how one non-profit organization and a progressive local government have employed different types of capital to invest in their communities.
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