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Community Maker Initiative Gets New Formal Name

By: John Fallon— The former Cintas building in downtown Muncie has a new name. The Board of Directors of Sustainable Muncie Corporation announced this week that the facility has been formally named GearBox: Muncie—A Maker Hub. The name was selected after a few weeks of discussion among the organization’s leaders, consultation with branding experts, research into naming trends among other maker spaces throughout the country and thinking about an appropriate connection with the local community. While those involved in the…

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Ontario Systems Acquired by Arlington Capital Partners

By: Casey Stanley— Ontario Systems, a leading revenue cycle management (“RCM”) and accounts receivable management (ARM) technology and services provider, today announced it has been acquired by Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm focused on investing in regulated industries and their adjacent markets. Arlington has purchased a majority share in the Muncie-based, privately-held company, replacing a former major investor. “Partnering with Arlington Capital was a natural step in our growth,” said Michael Wolfe, Chief Technology Officer with…


Mayor Dennis Tyler Update on What’s Happening in Muncie-Sept 8th Edition

Mayor Dennis Tyler stops by WLBC once a month to talk about the City of Muncie with Steve Lindell. In this interview, Mayor Tyler discussed: Past Labor Day activities, car show, Prairie Creek schedules, pontoon removals, Regional Cities initiative plans and grants, flowers next to City Hall, downtown hotel, Wheeling Avenue street milling and more.   Click below to listen. (6:52)      


Business Consulting Services Available In Downtown Muncie

By: Christy Ragle— The services of the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) are now available in downtown Muncie. The Downtown Business Connector (DBC) is partnering with the East Central ISBDC to offer no-cost, confidential business consulting services to area small businesses. Starting September 15, the East Central ISBDC will have a business advisor at the Downtown Business Connector from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday. The advisors will be able to meet informally and also by…


Key Roles in ECI Regional Cities Plan

By: Terry Murphy— TALENT ATTRACTION, RETENTION, DEVELOPMENT, AND QUALITY OF LIFE PLAY KEY ROLES IN ECI REGIONAL CITIES PLAN Population stagnation and the loss of talent are critical issues that have faced East Central Indiana and the state of Indiana for decades. The Regional Cities Initiative is an opportunity for regions within the State of Indiana to collaborate, identify projects, and put together regional solutions to quality of life issues that directly relate to the attraction and retention of talent….


Spherion Staffing Celebrates 3 years in Muncie

By: Janel Schwartz— Spherion is a locally owned, staffing company serving the talent and job search needs of East Central Indiana. Building on 26 years of industry experience, local owner Janel Schwartz and her team of staffing professionals take great care in matching the right candidate, to the right career opportunity. As of September, 2015 they have placed 449 people in local job positions. These new opportunities include short term, long term, temporary-to-hire, and direct hire positions. The Spherion team specializes…


WATCH: Muncie Downtown Development Partnership Premieres Film DWNTWN: The Next Muncie

By: Shelley Shekell— Muncie Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP) is premiering its follow-up video to the 2012 hit, DWNTWN: The Original Muncie. The second film, DWNTWN: The Next Muncie, follows three stories: a dancer trying to make a name for herself, a young couple beginning a life together as they move into their first apartment, and the staff of ProjectiOne working hard in their fabrication studio, contributing to the much talked about maker movement. In 2012, the DWNTWN Muncie campaign began as…


ICBA Announces MutualBank as Top 10 Winner for Community Bank Marketing Campaign

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 1, 2015)— The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA)  announced the winners of its Marketing Contest, sponsored by Marquis, which highlights the entries judged top 10 for the nation’s best community bank marketing campaigns. MutualBank was featured on this list. “ICBA’s Marketing Contest highlights the stellar creative campaigns that community banks build to strategically promote their products and services,” ICBA Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Lorence said. “Effective marketing and communications reinforce their highly…


How to Submit a Story Suggestion to The Muncie Journal

By: Mike Rhodes— MuncieJournal.com publishes content from a variety of sources. Some stories come from the Woof Boom News Department—some are written by MuncieJournal.com staff and our founding partners—as well as user generated content submitted to us for consideration. Submitting a story for consideration by The Muncie Journal is easy! We will include your bylines and photo credit will be given if the submission contains that information. Here are the publication guidelines you’ll need to follow to better increase your chances of…


Cintas Initiative Appoints Scott Truex as Director of Facility and Program Development

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…