VISION 2021 Economic Development Planning Effort to Begin this Month

Aerial photo of Muncie by: Michael WolfeAerial photo of Muncie by: Michael Wolfe

Roundtable focus groups planned for May 12 & 13, 2016

MUNCIE – DELAWARE COUNTY, IN – The Steering Committee for the VISION 2021 planning effort will hold a series of roundtable focus groups to solicit public input on the community’s economic development priorities for the coming years. Feedback from these meetings will help determine the framework and goals for Vision 2021, the community’s next comprehensive five-year economic development plan. The focus groups will be conducted on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30-7:30 PM and Friday, May 13 from 8:00-10:00 AM. A follow up meeting to report findings from the first two sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30-7:30. All three meetings will be held at the Horizon Convention Center, 401 South High Street in Muncie.

The Steering Committee has made a commitment to an open process and anyone with an interest in the prosperity and future of Muncie-Delaware County is encouraged to get involved. “These sessions will be collaborative and inclusive, as our objective is to create a plan that is credible and representative of the needs of the community and our opportunities for advancement,” said Jeff Daniels, Vision 2021 Co-Chairman and Managing Partner, Muncie Auto Group.

The Vision program, established in 1983, is led by the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, and is founded on public/private partnerships that represent the most comprehensive and successful economic development program in the history of Delaware County. The program is supported by financial contributions and in-kind services from Vision Investors, which include companies, foundations, public entities, non-profits, and individuals.

For more than 30 years, the Economic Development Alliance, through the Vision program, has worked to enhance the economic growth, vitality, and global competitiveness of Muncie-Delaware County as a superior business location. Projects such as Magna Powertrain, Progress Rail, Keihin, Sallie Mae (now Naivent), and IBM (now Concentrix) have been major successes for job creation and new capital investment.

“Attraction, retention, and expansion of companies are fundamentals of economic development and will likely always be integral to the Vision program. However, with Vision 2021, I anticipate an expanded emphasis on quality of place initiatives that make our community a desirable location for both current residents and tomorrow’s generation of innovators,” said Jud Fisher, Vision 2021 Co-Chairman and President/COO, Ball Brothers Foundation.

The current plan, Vision 2016, which began in 2011 and ends at the end of 2016, has six goals with corresponding objectives. The first two goals call for 2,000 committed jobs and a total capital investment of $250 million through new business attraction and the retention and expansion of existing business. A full report on the results of Vision 2016 will be made available in the coming months, but to-date, the job and investment goals have already been exceeded. For more information on the Alliance and the Vision program, please visit muncie.com/about-us.

Please RSVP your attendance to Ashley Surpas | asurpas@muncie.com or 765-751-9116

Focus Group #1:

Thursday, May 12, 5:30-7:30 PM

Focus Group #2:

Friday, May 13, 8:00-10:00 AM

Focus Group Results Meeting:

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30-7:30 PM

 

About the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance The Alliance (EDA) represents a consortium of economic development entities dedicated to the growth and prosperity of Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana. Our purpose is to allocate and leverage economic development resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of Muncie-Delaware County as a superior business location. Services include site location assistance, retention and expansion of existing businesses, and customized research for business prospects considering Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana.

The EDA is one of only 43 organizations to earn accreditation from the International Economic Development Council, and serves as the longest standing accredited economic development organization in the US & Canada. The EDA’s administrative entities are Delaware Advancement Corporation (DAC) and the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, please visit muncie.com.

Primary Contacts:

Jay Julian – jjulian@muncie.com
President/CEO, Muncie Delaware County Economic Development Alliance and Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

Jud Fisher – jud.fisher@ballfdn.org
Vision 2021 Co-Chairman and President/COO, Ball Brothers Foundation

Jeff Daniels – jdaniels@muncieautogroup.com
Vision 2021 Co-Chairman and Managing Partner, Muncie Auto Group