Muncie Organizations Offer Series of Training Events to Neighborhood Leadership

Article by Heather Williams

The Muncie Action Plan, Shafer Leadership Academy and Ball State’s Building Better Neighborhoods have partnered to offer a series of training events for neighborhood leaders. These sessions fall within three tracks (Government, Technology, and Meetings) and will build upon each other in three distinct levels (101, 201, and 301). The first level of classes was held fall 2016 and winter 2017. These included Government 101 hosted by City of Muncie grant writer Arron Kidder at City Hall, Meetings 101 hosted by Shafer Leadership Academy’s Mitch Isaacs at the Innovation Connector, and Technology 101 hosted by Aimee Fant, Derek Tulowitzky, Kyle Johnson and Bri Paxton at Muncie Public Library’s Connection Corner.

Technology 101 focused on basic skill development, including how to set up and run a Facebook and Twitter account, how to utilize online mapping tools, and how Scout Muncie’s data can serve neighborhood redevelopment needs. According to those who attended the technology session, the presenters were well informed and very willing to stop and answer questions.

Attendees also appreciated that the presenters were sensitive to different levels of experience and as one neighborhood leader expressed, “I learned a TON on these great tools!”

These sessions are offered without charge and are funded in part by the Building Better Neighborhoods program and the Vectren Foundation. For information about upcoming training opportunities, please visit the Building Better Neighborhoods website at or contact MAP Task Force 2 leader Heather Williams at

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