Opinion

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.  Today, MAP released the following statement and encouraged the public to contact legislators in a demonstration of unity in support of allowing Muncie educators to find a local solution to…


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 not without more venture capital and connectivity to other major hubs. We are proud to call Indiana “home,” but we need support from those who influence policy and their constituencies,…


Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Offers Support to MCS, Urging Legislators to Act

Earlier today, the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce sent a communication addressed to Senator Luke Kenley and Representative Tim Brown regarding the possible insertion of Muncie Community Schools in State Bill (S.B.) 567.  The chamber, which represents more than 1,000 member-organizations and the thousands of people that make them up, is united in asking that MCS be removed from S.B. 567 and offered this letter of support to the Muncie Community Schools (MCS).  The insertion of MCS in S.B. 567,…


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 three key elements: image, promise, and result and schools today can now adapt this historic model of brand and make them fit the needs of schools. Achievements, big and small,…


Opinion: Dorothy Douglass Investigates Why “Muncie Has So Much to Offer”

By: Dorothy Douglass— Muncie, Indiana, gets a bad rap every now and then. And as a former member of that tribe who said, as a young college student, “I can’t wait to get out of this town after I finish college,” I feel like I should retract that 35-year old statement. Anyone can choose to look at the bad, or look at the good. Muncie has a lot to offer, if you look for it. Ball State University has a…


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 has been difficult to keep up with everything happening; a new downtown hotel, Erskine Green, a post-secondary education training institute designed for individuals with disabilities, a new parking garage adjacent…