New IU Heath Jay signage being installed. Photo provided

Opinion: “Welcome and We’re Glad You’re Here”

By: Jeff Bird, MD and Dave Hyatt— “Welcome and we’re glad you’re here.” When Jay County Hospital joined IU Health and became IU Health Jay Hospital on March 1, that was the message you could hear echoing down the halls repeatedly. Teams from Muncie and across the state have descended…

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Southview Elementary School students enjoy a program during United Way's Day of Action. (Photo is the property of United Way and used with permission)

Muncie Action Plan Supports Local MCS Solution, Urges Public Unity

By: MAP Board of Directors— Muncie, IN—Last week, the Muncie Action Plan sent a letter of support for Muncie Community Schools to Senator Doug Eckerty.  The letter was addressed to Senator Luke Kenley and Representative Tim Brown and urged the removal of Muncie Community Schools from State Bill (S.B.) 567. …

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3 Ways to Grow Indiana’s Economy by Investing in Tech

By: Casey Stanley— Slow-moving economies don’t often emerge as leaders. That’s a basic lesson anyone building a community or a business has learned. We’re seeing it play out today: Indiana’s tech and innovation community has a lot of momentum, and the ability to create more high-wage, tax-paying jobs – but…

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Can a School District have a Brand Identity?

By: Trish Rubin— School districts have a lot to gain by developing and promoting their own brand identities and a lot to lose if they don’t. A brand can help schools tell their unique story, improve performance and build necessary resources, cultivating important beneficial relationships. Brand has long been built around…

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Opinion: The Future is Now. Creating the “Next” Muncie

By: Charles Jamieson— If you’re like me, it has been exciting to watch our city, and in particular, the downtown core (defined as inside the border of Madison, Wysor, Liberty and Victor streets), change for the better over the past four years. At times, over the past few years, it…