Community Readiness Initiative (CRI)
This low-cost, high-impact evaluation process is designed to assist communities of any size in planning for positive, productive growth.  Developed by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research in conjunction with Building Better Communities, the 3-5 step process provides objective, data-driven analysis of a community’s strengths, economic standing, alignment among leadership, and readiness for change.

Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI)
Intended for communities with populations of 25,000 or less, this three-phased program focuses on expanding local leadership, building on economic assets, and improving attractiveness and quality of life through placemaking strategies.  Designed by Ball State University and Purdue University in partnership with Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.      

Primacy of Place Best Practices
Primacy of Place describes a community’s strategic decision to dedicate resources to improving life experiences for residents, businesses, and visitors. Ball State experts have compiled some of the best resources for addressing Primacy of Place issues in the following categories:    

Economic and Community Development Resource Guide 
This comprehensive list of local, regional, statewide, and national economic and community development organizations/resources is updated annually.      

Indiana Community Asset Inventory and Rankings 2012 
Developed by Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research, this project offers a detailed look at the factors that affect the reputation of Indiana's communities.       

Indiana Toll Road Economic Development Corridor Initiative 
A Ball State study team evaluated the efficacy of multiple and varied strategies for potential implementation in the seven northernmost counties of Indiana, collectively the Indiana Toll Road Corridor.      

County Profiles 
These profiles from Ball State's Building Better Communities and Center for Business and Economic Research provide up-to-date data in five custom categories: demographics, economy, entrepreneurial climate, youth, and social capital.    

State and National Links 
We have a robust list of state and national agencies as a resource available to you.