The Indiana Communities Institute offers in-depth courses to teach community leaders how to harness resources to help their towns, cities, and counties address modern planning and development challenges.

See course descriptions, benefits, and costs below. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit our calendar.

Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.

Cost

$695

Scholarships are available for this course.

Date

Coming January 2021

The field of community development–and our understanding of it–has evolved in its importance to our cities, towns, and neighborhoods. To remain relevant and, ultimately, to thrive, communities of all sizes must tackle challenges and pursue opportunities in a comprehensive and creative way. Assets and trade-offs must be understood. Investments in people and place require increased focus. The Indiana Communities Institute, in partnership with Creative Insight Community Development, has developed training, that: reflects current best practices in the field; is rooted in applicable and proven research; challenges participants with new, constructive paradigms; utilizes different and creative teaching techniques; and offers practical, usable takeaways.

Cost

$595

Scholarships are available for this course.

Date

June 8–10, 2020  To Be Rescheduled (Bloomington, IN)

This two-day course covers the what, why, and how we levy, pay, and utilize taxes, particularly with an interest in community economic development. Taught by faculty from the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research alongside private practice municipal finance advisors from London Witte Group and BakerTilly Advisors.

Cost

$395

Date

July 29-30, 2020 To Be Rescheduled (Ball State University Alumni Center, Muncie, IN

For staff and leadership of community and economic development organizations, this two-day course builds on the knowledge in the first course and uses real-world data in a two-day case study Taught by faculty from the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research alongside private practice municipal finance advisors from London Witte Group and BakerTilly Advisors.

Cost

$395

Date

September 29-30, 2020 (Ball State University Alumni Center, Muncie, IN) 

Registration coming soon.

Developed in close consultation with regional planning organizations and with the staff and leadership of community economic development organizations, this two-day course examines organizational mission and purpose, strategic planning concepts, attributes of high-performing organizations, organizational change, and the relationships and roles of boards and other management structures with directors and staff.

Cost

$395

Full scholarships are available in specific states courtesy of the Economic Development Administration and Ball State University.

Dates and Registration

March 23-24, 2020 To be rescheduled (Bloomington, Illinois)

Available exclusively to the Illinois Association of Regional Councils (ILARC).

Registration: Contact Kelly Murray, ILARC. 

Questions: Geoff Schomacker, Indiana Communities Institute.

April 21-22, 2020 To be rescheduled (Muncie, Indiana)

Open to the public. Registration coming soon.

Administrative and Fiscal Management

Participants will understand the basics that comprise strong organizational fiscal management, including the use of key documents, engagement of financial stakeholders, working with fiscal consultants, audits, and record keeping. During the session students will exercise a brief audit of their organization’s financial management system and create a prioritized plan for improvement.
one-day course is combined and offered with the one-day Project Management Course.

Project Management

Students will learn about practical project management tools and how the effectively use them. Included in the discussion will be the roles, activities, and challenges of a project manager; project life cycles from concept to closure; understanding stakeholder needs; engagement and communication; project selection process; project scoping, goals, objectives; project monitoring and evaluation.
This one-day course is combined and offered with the one-day Fiscal Management and Administration Course.

Cost

$395 (includes both courses)

Scholarships are available for this course.

Dates

Registration for this event is closed. Another session will be offered in the future.

Questions?

For inquiries about any of our course offerings, please contact us