IDEA Conference

When? TBA
Where? Student Center, Second Floor Ballroom
Cost? As always, it’s FREE!

Watch for info for IDEA 2025!

IDEA 2024:

Two women speak to each other across a table at the 2023 IDEA Conference

The ninth annual Neighborhood I.D.E.A. Conference is scheduled for March 2, 2024 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.

2024 Tracks and Breakout Sessions

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9:00-9:30 AMCheck-in and Continental Breakfast
9:30-9:50 AMWelcome and Introductions
10:00-10:50 AMSession Block One
Cardinal Hall ACradle to Career OverviewKelsey Harrington & Kortney Zimmerman
Forum RoomBuilding a Relationship with Elected OfficialsCindy Peters
Cardinal Hall BNothing About Us Without Us: Elevating and Celebrating Community Cultural Wealth in  Developing Educators and Leaders for the FutureWilisha Scaife
Pineshelf RoomBuilding a Learning Cities Culture: The Muncie Community and Lifelong LearningMichelle Glowacki-Dudka & Ramo Lordeni
11:00-11:50 AMSession Block Two
Cardinal Hall AAI: What it Is and How it Can Help YouAmanda Collins, April Lemen, Daniel May, and Stephen Turbe
Forum RoomHow to Run a MeetingMitch Isaacs
Cardinal Hall BIncreasing Relationships & Resources and Decreasing BarriersDorica Watson
Pineshelf RoomBuilding Civic InfrastructureJohn West
12:00-12:50 PMLunch
“Where will you be when the lights go out?”Michele Owen
State of the City PresentationMayor Ridenour
1:00-1:55 PMSession Block Three
Cardinal Hall ACommunity SolarRobert Koester
Forum RoomCross-Generational CommunicationMaggey Parker
Cardinal Hall BLand Banking 101 & Comprehensive Community Development with an Emphasis on Land BankingNate Howard & Jeb Reece
Pineshelf RoomIgnite Generosity: Unveiling Philanthropy’s Role in Strengthening Our Community Kallie Sulank
2:00-3:00 PMReview and Highlight ARP ProjectsHeather Williams & Megan Orbin
3:00-3:30 PMAnnouncements

Funding Generously Provided by:

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Neighborhood Awards Sponsored by:

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