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Ball State University’s Building Better Communities’ (BBC’s) Primacy of Place™Initiative is premised on the idea that a great state is comprised of great communities, and those communities can ...

Ball State University’s Building Better Communities’ (BBC’s) Primacy of Place™Initiative is premised on the idea that a great state is comprised of great communities, and those communities can improve themselves in partnership with Ball State University. BBC has provided comprehensive services that take place in or for the benefit of community partners throughout the state of Indiana. These partnerships serve to engage university faculty, staff, and students in addressing a wide range of community challenges.
Primacy of Place™ represents a community’s strategic choice to dedicate its resources toward placemaking and the improvement of life experiences for residents, businesses, and visitors. Today, the most successful communities are those that recognize the critical importance of human capital in order to compete effectively for economic development. Talent is the single most important element in local economic development, and we believe quality of place is the primary factor in a community’s ability to attract and retain talent.
The ongoing activities of the Primacy of Place™Initiative include a community awards program to recognize successful community quality of place initiatives, a conference to bring together business, university, and civic leaders to discuss how quality of place contributes to economic prosperity, knowledge groups to identify intellectual and creative resources related to Primacy of Place‰ã¢, and best practice databases to make resources readily available.

Read the Case Study: http://universityeda.org/value-to-members/best-practice-sharing/awards-of-excellence/awards-of-excellence-2013-finalists/primacy-of-place-initiative/

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UEDA Summit 2013 - Awards of Excellence - Research & Analysis - Primacy of Place™ Initiative UEDA Summit 2013 - Awards of Excellence - Research & Analysis - Primacy of Place™ Initiative Presentation Transcript

  • Presentation to University Economic Development Association Pittsburgh - October 28, 2013 Primacy of Place Initiative Dick Heupel, MA, CEcD Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Primacy of Place Primacy of Place represents a community’s strategic choice to dedicate resources toward placemaking and improvement of life experiences for residents, businesses, and visitors. Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Primacy of Place Talent is the single most important element in local economic development, and quality of place is a primary factor in a community’s ability to attract and retain talent. Building Better Communities Ball State University View slide
  • Primacy of Place The most successful communities are those that recognize the critical importance of human capital in competition for highest valueadded economic development. Building Better Communities Ball State University View slide
  • Primacy of Place Initiative Components: • Community Awards Program • Best Practices Databases • Primacy of Place Conference • Publications Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Primacy of Place Activities Community Awards Program Tactical activity designed to: Own the space Generate Publicity Gather intelligence Contribute toward knowledge base Three communities awarded with original artwork from university Department of Art Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Primacy of Place Activities Best Practices Databases Strategic initiative Create and disseminate knowledge Led by faculty and external partners Supported by BBC staff Presented publicly at conference breakout sessions Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Primacy of Place Activities Best Practices Database Topics Arts Integration Community Design Community Collaboration for Educational Excellence Community Well-Being Municipal Governance Community Readiness for Change Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Primacy of Place Activities Municipal Governance Database Knowledge Group (KG) Leader: Dr. Charles Taylor Extended KG members: Ian Nicolini, Town Manager, Cedar Lake Grant Kleinhenz, Town Mgr, Brownsburg Librarian Joseph Roberts BBC support: Suzie Jones, Rose Wright Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Primacy of Place Activities Municipal Governance Database Categories Citizen and Community Engagement Strategic Planning Strategic Management Performance Measurement and Improvement High Performance Human Resource Development and Management Community Collaboration Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Municipal Governance Building Better Communities Ball State University
  • Primacy of Place Conference: Presenters: Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces N. Thomas Linebarger, CEO, Cummins, Inc. Sue Ellspermann, Ph.D., Lieutenant Governor Sheryl Conley, President, OrthoWorx Ball State Provost Terry King Participants: 205 Follow-up inquiries include Indiana Grantmakers Alliance for presentation statewide.
  • Primacy of Place Sample Publications: White Paper:The Future of State and Local Economic Development Policy (Heupel and Hicks, 2012, 2013) Cultural Tourism in Indiana: The Impact and Clustering of the Arts and Creative Sectors in this Recession (Hicks, 2009) The Cultural Economy – Benefits, Challenges, and Plans (Fosnight, 2013) The Causes of State Differences in Per Capita Income: How Does Indiana Fare? (Hicks, Devaraj, Faulk, Heupel, and Canaday, 2013) Opinion-Editorials in every major Indiana newspaper
  • Primacy of Place • Replicability: Size doesn’t matter! Universities, colleges, departments, and non-profits of any size can study, teach, and engage in placemaking activities. • Scalability: Bigger is better (for now) • Placemaking most commonly practiced in medium to large cities, but a number of vibrant small communities serve as models for others.
  • Primacy of Place • Sustainability: The Real Thing The movement is real and here for the foreseeable future. Lack of institutional continuity and commitment is a risk. • Originality: Value-added Ball State didn’t discover this phenomenon. Placemaking knowledge leaders are most commonly found in larger metropolitan areas and college/university towns. Ball State’s originality is its integrated approach to developing and disseminating knowledge broadly throughout the state through public research and engagement.
  • University Economic Development Association October 28, 2013 Ball State University + Economic Development