By: John Fallon, PhD—
Muncie’s effort to revitalize and repurpose the former Cintas building received an important boost this week. John Fallon, Executive Director of Sustainable Muncie Corporation, announced the appointment of Scott Truex as the organization’s Director of Facility and Program Development. Truex, a faculty member in Ball State University’s Department of Urban Planning, has extensive experience in working with communities throughout Indiana to revitalize themselves and develop their potential. Truex also serves as Co-Director of the Sustainable Communities Institute based in downtown Muncie, an organization that recently received international recognition for its urban development work.
Truex’s work will focus primarily on getting the Cintas facility ready for occupancy, aligning partners for community development and exploring relationships with organizations interested in locating their operations in the building. It is expected that the facility will serve as a home for makers of all sorts and represent a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. According to Fallon, “Scott Truex is the single best individual to play a key programmatic role in the Cintas Initiative. He teaches in the university’s Urban Planning program, works with all manner of communities to better themselves and has a strong track record of achievement and distinction. Sustainable Muncie Corporation, indeed our entire community, is fortunate to have Scott in this key role.”
Truex himself is eager to begin. “We have a building that hasn’t seen much activity in more than four years. The trick is to not only get it up and running as a home for makers of all sorts, but to do so in a way that reinforces the primacy of the core downtown in Muncie and serves to connect the university, the medical center and the city as the anchor institutions for the community’s ongoing development and progress.”
Truex begins his work for Sustainable Muncie Corporation this week.
For additional information, contact:
John Fallon, Executive Director: 734.740.9175
Scott Truex, Director of Facility and Program Development: 317.696.6170
Michael Wolfe, President, Sustainable Muncie Corporation: 765.215.1004
John Fallon is Executive Director of Sustainable Muncie Corporation