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Primacy of Place named UEDA 2013 Awards of Excellence Program Finalist


Primacy of Place

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.

Award Summary:

Ball State University’s Building Better Communities’ (BBC’s) Primacy of Place™ Initiative is premised on the idea that a great state is comprised of great communities, and those communities can improve themselves in partnership with Ball State University. BBC has provided comprehensive services that take place in or for the benefit of community partners throughout the state of Indiana. These partnerships serve to engage university faculty, staff, and students in addressing a wide range of community challenges.     

Primacy of Place™ represents a community’s strategic choice to dedicate its resources toward placemaking and the improvement of life experiences for residents, businesses, and visitors.  Today, the most successful communities are those that recognize the critical importance of human capital in order to compete effectively for economic development. Talent is the single most important element in local economic development, and we believe quality of place is the primary factor in a community’s ability to attract and retain talent.   

The ongoing activities of the Primacy of Place™ Initiative include a community awards program to recognize successful community quality of place initiatives, a conference to bring together business, university, and civic leaders to discuss how quality of place contributes to economic prosperity, knowledge groups to identify intellectual and creative resources related to Primacy of Place™, and best practice databases to make resources readily available.    

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