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’ (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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