IDEA Conference

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When? Saturday, March 5, 2022 | 9 am – 3:30 pm
Where? Student Center, Second Floor Ballroom
Cost? As always, it’s FREE!

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The seventh annual Neighborhood I.D.E.A. Conference is scheduled for March 5, 2022 on Ball State’s campus. Over 100 of Muncie’s most active local leaders will gather to listen, learn and meet like-minded individuals to share ideas and best practices.


The theme of the conference is Intentional Development and Education (IDEA) for Association members. IDEA brings together leaders representing Muncie’s neighborhoods to develop and strengthen community-building skills. IDEA presenters will provide leadership training, share best practice strategies for grant-writing and project funding, and discuss ways to engage residents, as well as how to recruit and retain volunteers.

2022 Tracks & Breakout Sessions


  • The Muncie Land Bank and the Current State of Abandoned Property – John West and Meghan Jennings
  • Update on Community Policing – Panel of county and city officers
  • Code Enforcement from Report-Driven to Data Driven – Brad King


  • How to Interact with Elected Officials – Panel of city officials
  • Building Immersive Projects in Muncie Neighborhoods – Suzanne Plesha


  • Engaging your neighborhood with Four Agreements – Brad King
  • Outcomes First: Planning for Success – George Buss
  • Community organizing with people who don’t attend meetings – Neil Kring


Ball State as a Resource:

  • Managing Change in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District – Tom Collins
  • Neighborhood Needs Assessment: Creating journey Maps on Substance Use and Mental Health Issues – Jean Marie Place
  • Mapping History in the Whitely Community – Frank Scott

Muncie Food Hub Partnership:

  • Accessing Fresh Locally Grown Produce via a Mobile Market Lucas Pint

Combating Climate Issues at the Neighborhood Level:

  • Muncie Climate Action Plan Jason Donati
  • Securing Rooftop Solar Systems John Vann


  • Healthy Communities = Vibrant Communities! – Suzanne Clem
  • What can the public library offer grant writers? – Laura Janiga
  • ecoREHAB Skilled Trades Education Program (STEP) – Tom Collins


(Read the Muncie Journal article about the 2021 conference)

The 2021 Conference was streamed live! See the footage here:


Contact Krista Flynn, BSU Office of Community Engagement at

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