IDEA Conference & Mayor’s State of the City Address

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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. At 2:30 Mayor Dan Ridenour will deliver his third State of the City Address.

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 – Jason Donati
  • Update on Community Policing – Nathan Sloan, Police Chief, City of Muncie; Lt. Andrew Payne, Training Director, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office; & James Duckham, Director of Public Safety, Ball State University Police Department
  • Code Enforcement from Report-Driven to Data-Driven – Brad King


  • How to Interact with Elected Officials – Panel of city officials: Scott Alexander, James King, Dan Ridenour, Sherry Riggin, Jeff Robinson, and Tony Skinner
  • Building Immersive Projects in Muncie Neighborhoods – Suzanne Plesha, Stacey Alexander, and Kara DuQuette
  • Engaging Neighbors through Small Sparks – Jena Ashby


  • Engaging your neighborhood with Four Agreements – Brad King and Nichole Rudnicki
  • 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 and JP Hall
  • 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, Lindsey Cox, and John Disher
  • What can the public library offer grant writers? – Laura Janiga
  • ecoREHAB Skilled Trades Education Program (STEP) – McKennzie Beckedahl, Tom Collins, Jason Haney, and Pam Harwood

2022 Mayor’s State of the City Address

For the third consecutive year Mayor Dan Ridenour will deliver his State of the City address. The address will begin at 2:30.  All IDEA Conference participants, and community members, are invited to attend the mayor’s address.

(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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