What is
ADVANCE?

A process to create a regional vision and action plan for east central Indiana.

ADVANCE is a collaborative process to increase prosperity for residents, businesses, institutions and local governments in the six-county east central Indiana region. It’s an opportunity to make our communities better in the future than they are today.

Including the Counties of
BlackfordDelaware • Henry • Jay • Madison • Randolph

Who?

Who is involved? The ADVANCE process includes all communities within Blackford, Delaware, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties. Together this area encompasses more than 350,000 residents and 110,000 jobs. Everyone in these counties is invited to participate.

Who is supporting the effort?  ADVANCE is supported by a growing group of government organizations, businesses, and institutions. These include…

Ball Brothers Foundation

Ball State University

Blackford County Economic Development

City of Muncie

Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County

Corporation for Economic Development,  Madison County

Delaware County Commissioners

East Central Indiana Regional Partnership

First Merchants Bank

George and Frances Ball Foundation

IU-Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Ivy Tech Community College

Jay County Development Corporation

Muncie Community Schools

Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

The Muncie Action Plan

Mutual Bank

New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corporation

Who is leading ADVANCE? A steering committee has been formed to manage ADVANCE. Membership of the steering committee includes a diverse group of community leaders from all six counties, representing government, institutions, businesses and general citizenry.

The steering committee will work closely with consulting firms Ninigret Partners and planning NEXT.

Andy Bowne
Ivy Tech Community College

Tom Bracken
George and Frances Ball Foundation

Jud Fisher
Ball Brothers Foundation

John Fallon
Ball State University

Julie Halbig
Ball State University

Mike Haley
IU-Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Dave Heeter
MutualBank

Tim Heller
Muncie Community Schools

Mindy Kenworthy
East Central Indiana Regional Partnership

Pam Price
East Central Indiana Regional Planning District

Steve Moore
First Merchants Bank

Kelly Shrock
Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County

Sherry Riggin
President, Delaware County Commissioners

Mayor Dennis Tyler
Mayor, City of Muncie

Corey Murphy
New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corporation

Rob Sparks
Corporation for Economic Development – Madison County

Bill Bradley
Jay County Development Corporation

Jacob Everett
Blackford County Economic Development

Jay Julian
Chief Economic Development Office; President/CEO, Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

Terry Murphy
Vice President, Economic Development

Traci Lutton
Senior Project Director

 

Why?

Why is this project being conducted? The region has a strong asset base and unrealized potential that could be unlocked through a deliberate, inclusive and in-depth vision process. Also, the state of Indiana has created an incentive program—the Regional Cities Initiative—that could bring additional resources and attention to our region if we have a compelling vision and plan. This work—regional planning process—will be beneficial regardless of the state’s program, but it does provide us with some additional incentive.

What is The Regional Cities Initiative?  ADVANCE will allow the east central Indiana region to compete in Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is encouraging communities to develop a vision and action plan that will “attract and retain future generations of Hoosiers.” The Regional Cities Initiative will award funding to implement projects in those regional action plans. For more information on the IEDC’s Regional Cities Initiative visit: http://indianaregionalcities.com/

How?

The ADVANCE process includes two phases. The first will conclude in July 2015, and the second by the end of 2015. There will be multiple opportunities to participate during the year.

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