Next Muncie: The Team Working To Revitalize The Muncie Community
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Not only has Ball State University stepped in to revitalize the Muncie public school district, Ball State is also working on revitalizing the Muncie community.
"There are wonderful institutions and very proud people in Muncie," Ball State President Geoff Mearns said, "and we want to do all we can at the university with our faculty staff, our students, and our alumni, do all that we can to support our friends and neighbors out in the community."
Which is why Mearns is also the co-chairman of Next Muncie, and serves with Jeff Bird, the president of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, and other community leaders.
The team works together with businesses, foundations, and elected officials to prioritize economic development initiatives and neighborhood revitalization projects in Muncie, particularly the central city of Muncie.
As a team they have many different goals they want to accomplish in the community. A few of these goals include: quality of life and cultural diversity, next-generation mobility, and support for existing companies.
Next Muncie also has many projects planned for the heart of the city.
Projects in Next Muncie's plan:
- Opportunity Zones, which are four areas nominated by Gov. Eric Holcomb that will be funded by federal dollars
- Ivy Tech Community College's construction plan for a new Downtown Muncie location that will hopefully bring more students and community members to the heart of the city
- Revitalizing the riverfront area into a new multi-use district surrounding Liberty Pass canal with urban living, dining, and retail options.
Next Muncie says it's a long-term initiative and more projects will be announced in the coming years.
"It is a good time to be at Ball State and a good time to be in Muncie, Indiana." Mearns said.
(Photo By Tyler Landis)