updated: 6/24/2009 9:33:39 AM

Ivy Tech Grant to Help Revitalize Muncie

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The City of Muncie will be able to move forward with Mayor Sharon McShurley's vision of creating a Comprehensive Master Plan thanks to $50,000 grant awarded to Ivy Tech Community College and the mayor's office. The plan will focus on revitalizing neighborhoods, creating jobs and new employee training programs and identifying infrastructure needs to support new and existing businesses. Hiring a consultant for the research, development and evaluation of the plan is the first step in the process.

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MUNCIE -- The Muncie community is ready to take the first step to move the city forward in a deliberate and planned way. Thanks to a $50,000 grant awarded to Ivy Tech Community College and the Office of the Mayor from the Ball Brothers Foundation, the City of Muncie Economic Development funds, and the Community Development Office, the City of Muncie will be able to move forward with the Mayor's vision of creating a Comprehensive Master Plan.

The plan will focus on implementing the City’s goals to revitalize neighborhoods by removing slum and blight, rehabilitating housing, and improving structure; reduce poverty by improving access to public services; increase affordable housing opportunities and eliminate and prevent homelessness; and provide a tool to aid in distribution of resources to quality of life issues. Specific needs include job creation, retraining of existing workers, new employee training programs, and enterprise and economic development opportunities in the area. In addition, the plan will further identify infrastructure needs to support new business and enhance existing enterprises.

“It is a community plan…a collaborative effort of the entire community…with many entities coming together for a long-term action plan that will transcend city administrations and provide a working vision for Muncie going forward and well into the future,” said Gail Chesterfield, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s East Central region, which served as the catalyst for acquiring the Ball Foundation grant.

“We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with other entities and share resources, especially when there are overlapping concerns. In addition to economic development funds, I have been working with Community Development to locate sufficient funds to develop a comprehensive plan for the City. When Ivy Tech approached us for match funding it provided such an opportunity,” said Mayor McShurley.

Many studies have been completed and many plans developed for the City of Muncie over the past 10-15 years, but none have ever been fully implemented, lacked an action plan, and resources were not defined. “This plan will enable all of us to move forward in a cohesive way,” said Mayor McShurley. “It will provide many long-term benefits. We will be able to capitalize on the opportunities available to obtain additional federal grant funding and attract new business to the area because we can show where the city is today and where it needs to go in the future in regard to housing, retail and industrial space.”

“Our citizens, businesses, governmental agencies and those working toward community revitalization and redevelopment will be the benefactors of this comprehensive plan,” continued Mayor McShurley. “The impact it will have on all these groups will be seen in a structured and orderly appearance for the City of Muncie, creating a more attractive environment for both residential and business development.”

Initiating a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a consultant for the research, development and evaluation of the Muncie comprehensive plan is the first step in the process. The consultant will utilize existing data from past activities, including reports, charettes, and briefs. Multiple opportunities will be provided for extensive citizen input from all geographical areas, as well as cultural/social/business interests or stakeholders.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


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