Through the Indiana Communities Institute and the Center for Community Economic Development, Indiana communities can access a variety of resources and services to help increase economic prospects and attract human capital through strategic investments in quality-of-life initiatives. We call it Primacy of Place. 

Education and training programs: These are offered through the year and focus on building knowledge and skills in community development and economic development.   

Primacy of Place best practice resources: Ball State experts have compiled some of the best resources for addressing Primacy of Place issues in six primary categories.   

Additional resources: Learn more about the Community Readiness Initiative and Hometown Collaboration Initiative, access the Economic and Community Development Resource Guide, and view data from the Center for Business and Economic Research.   

Support for small businesses: The East Central Indiana Small Business Development Corporation offers entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources for little to no cost. Services provided include one-on-one consulting, strategic planning, market research, loan assistance and much more. 

Indianapolis Center and Fishers Center: Beyond the main campus in Muncie, Ball State’s locations in downtown Indianapolis and Fishers offer space for a variety of social, business, and educational programs.