IDEA Conference

Header image with participants from 2020 putting tacks on a map

When? March 6, 2021
Where? Pruis Hall on Ball State’s campus
Cost? As always, it’s FREE!

Seating will be limited to meet CDC distancing guidelines as well as any Health Department requirements in place at the time of the event.

Registration is now closed, but you can still join us by streaming the conference at!

Two participants shaking handsThe Muncie Action Plan, Shafer Leadership Academy and Building Better Neighborhoods are partnering once again to support the development of neighborhood leaders.

For the last five years 130 citizens have gathered each March for the Neighborhood IDEA Conference. (Read the Muncie Journal article about last year’s conference)

This year’s I.D.E.A. Conference will look a little different. We will gather in-person and stream the event live on MAP’s Facebook page. 2021 will be a celebration of your efforts to meet the needs of your residents, to stay connected, to make change happen during a pandemic all while facing a myriad of challenges. We will not have break-out sessions, but will ask presenters to prepare 7 minute presentations that will be shared with the entire audience.

Conference Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 am Doors Open
9:30 – 10:00 am Welcome
10:00 – 11:35 am Thriving not Surviving: Muncie Neighborhoods THRIVING during the pandemic
SESSIONS: Blaine Southeast: Learning Lessons & Making Adjustments
Clifford Clemons
Anthony-Northside: Saving, Carrying the Torch
Aaron Neff
Halteman Village: From Private Club to Public Park – The Story of Halteman Park
JP Hall
Whitely Community Council: Increased Need = Increased Service
Ken Hudson
Country Village: Our Star is Rising: How Country Village Raised its Membership in the Year of COVID
Stan Geidel
Thomas Park Avondale: What I’ve Learned Through Relationships with My Neighbors
Neil Kring
South Central: Embracing Chaos and Finding the Fun
Lezlie McCrory
Riverside/Normal City: Trees and Building Your Neighborhood Legacy
Melinda Messineo
11:35 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 pm Awards
1:00 – 2:00 pm State of the City with Mayor Dan Ridenour
2:00 pm Conclusion


Contact Krista Flynn, BSU Office of Community Engagement at

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