Cintas Building Site Purchased for Community Collaboration
Muncie, Indiana- June 18th, 2015- The Cintas building has a new owner. The building which sits adjacent to Muncie’s core downtown district is now owned and operated by Sustainable Muncie Corporation, a non-profit entity organized to focus on the economic development of Muncie. This Cintas program is focused to attract and support makers of all kinds in a destination facility that promotes and enhances innovation, creativity, learning, development, and selling in order to stimulate and expand economic vitality. The building, which still bears the Cintas name, would allow the community development corporation to foster an environment of collaboration and create conditions for the innovative leveraging of resources of the City of Muncie, Ball State University and IU Health-Ball Memorial Hospital.
Discussions around this concept began in October 2014, when Mayor Tyler formed, appointed and charged the Community Development Concept Exploration Committee with examining the concepts of a local maker’s district, in which artisans and manufacturers make distinctively local products; an arts district, in which artists reside in a particular sector of the community and practice their craft; and an innovation district, where technology and innovation-driven start-ups congregate and pursue their ventures. Early partners in the discussions included representatives from Ball State University, Ivy Tech Community College, Ball Brothers Foundation, Community Foundation, First Merchants Bank, Flatland Resources and Muncie Arts & Culture Council.
The Cintas building, which is more than 85,000 square feet, had been vacant for approximately four years and, as the discussions continued, it emerged as a site that could accommodate collaborative ideas for arts and culture, innovation, research and development, demonstration, experimentation and strong community partnerships.
This mission of Sustainable Muncie Corporation relies on collaborative partnerships between the community’s anchor institutions (i.e., Ball State University, IU Health-Ball Memorial Hospital, and the City of Muncie), local foundations, non-profit partners and Muncie neighborhoods. “This inaugural project of Sustainable Muncie focused on the long tradition of maker culture in Muncie can only be a success with the engagement of these key community partners”, said President, Michael Wolfe. The initiative is firmly rooted in the concept of “primacy of place” – the belief that quality-of-life improvements are one of the most effective ways to create and sustain a vibrant and prosperous community.
Ball State University welcomes the opportunity to be one of the community partners of the Sustainable Muncie Corporation in promoting downtown re-development of the former Cintas facility into an emerging “Maker’s Space” for entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, learning and development . Consistent with Ball State’s refreshed vision in The Centennial Commitment (18 by ’18) to be the most student-centered and community engaged of the 21st century public research universities, the university viewed this one-time capital investment to revitalize the Cintas facility into a public-private partnership for economic development as a great opportunity to support its community-engagement commitment and elevate our participation in Muncie.
Through Ball State’s investment along with other community partners, the Sustainable Muncie Corporation will begin to reconfigure the former Cintas facility so future commercial and private sector tenants can begin leasing the space. In addition, Ball State University faculty and staff commitment to community engagement and primacy of place projects can apply for short-term funding from the newly created Centennial Commitment Academic Excellence Grants to fund start-up entities in support of this enterprise.
“Ball State University is pleased to join with Mayor Tyler and our community partners in working to revitalize the Cintas facility as a major aspect of downtown economic development, “said President Paul Ferguson. “This project has the potential to contribute in a sustainable, meaningful way to One Muncie.”
Mayor Tyler agrees. “This initiative is an important project for the Muncie community. It serves as a unifying linkage between our community, our foundations and our anchor institutions. The chance to collaborate on the Sustainable Muncie project represents an opportunity to accelerate the transformation of the community in a substantive and strategic manner.”
When fully operational and successful, the Cintas building operated by Sustainable Muncie would not only be contributing to the vitality and vibrancy of the larger community, but enhancing the value and reputation of the very anchor institutions that gave it life.
A Message from Mayor Dennis Tyler concerning the Shooting in Charleston, SC
Muncie, Indiana - June 18th, 2015 -The City of Muncie, Indiana is standing in solidarity to share our support and prayers for the community of Charleston, South Carolina and victims, families and friends of the tragedy at the Emanuel AME Church. The Honorable Mayor Dennis Tyler has asked all flags to be flown at half mast for the next 72 hours and City Hall will be lit in orange to honor all victims of gun violence everywhere. Please join us in sharing your support for the community of Charleston and victims of gun violence by wearing the color orange. Thank you, God bless Muncie, God bless Charleston, and God bless the USA!
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn To Headline FREE Concert in Muncie, IN
Muncie, Indiana - June 1, 2015 - 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, with his wife, Americana artist Abigail Washburn, will perform in a FREE outdoor concert to start the 2015 Muncie Three Trails Music Series. The concert will take place at 7 PM on Thursday, June 25th at Minnetrista campus (1200 N. Minnetrista Parkway) in Muncie,Indiana.
Béla Fleck is considered to be the best banjo player in the world. Through his explorations of Classical, World, Pop, Country, Folk, Blues, and Jazz, Fleck has revolutionized the banjo by carrying it far beyond traditional Bluegrass, the music with which it is most commonly associated. He has been nominated in more Grammy categories (over 40!) than any artist in Grammy history. Along with his wife, banjoist Abigail Washburn, the duo’s current tour explores a variety of musical genres with striking virtuosity and unparalleled originality. They have played the finest concert halls in the country, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, along with unconventional venues such as the Beijing Olympics. On June 25th, it is Muncie’s turn to welcome this incredible musical team to our city for a free, outdoor concert.
The Muncie Three Trails Music Series is unique in the state of Indiana as the only annual music series featuring current recording artists of national stature and critical acclaim in free public concerts. Other 2015 Series artists are bluegrassers The Steeldrivers, country music legend Junior Brown, and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker. Full information about the Series and all 2015 artists can be found at www.munciethreetrails.org.
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National Acts Headline 2015 Muncie Three Trails Music Series
Muncie, Indiana – April 14, 2015 – The 2015 Muncie Three Trails Music Series features 4 critically acclaimed national recording artists in a series of FREE concerts. This year’s featured artists include 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, alongside his wife, Americana artist Abigail Washburn, on Thursday, June 25th; bluegrass Grammy nominees and IBMA award winners The Steeldrivers on Saturday July 25th; Country Music Association award winner Junior Brown on Saturday Sept. 5th; and two-time W.C. Handy award winner and Blues Hall-of-Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker on Saturday October 3rd. All concerts start at 7 PM. The Muncie Three Trails Music Series is unique in the state of Indiana as the only annual concert series featuring recording artists of national stature and widespread critical acclaim in free public performances. All concerts take place outdoors at the Canan Commons performance stage in downtown Muncie or on Minnetrista campus, located just off the White River Greenway trail. As indicated by its name, the Muncie Three Trails Music Series also encourages attendees to experience the many recreational and cultural amenities Muncie has to offer along the White River Greenway, Cardinal Greenway, and Muncie Arts and Culture Trails. Hence, the slogan for the series is “Explore the Trails, Enjoy the Music”. The Muncie Three Trails Music Series is a non-profit joint project of the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, the Muncie Arts & Culture Council, and Rick Zeigler, series founder and organizer. Full information can be found at ww.munciethreetrails.org.
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