Community Readiness Initiative (CRI)
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)
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
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.
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
State and National Links
We have a robust list of state and national agencies as a
resource available to you.
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