The Arc Development Group Hotel-training Institute: Fast Facts

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The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy organization for people with disabilities, established The Arc Development Group, LLC (ADG) in …

The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy organization for people with disabilities, established The Arc Development Group, LLC (ADG) in
2012. The purpose of the LLC is to invest its time and resources in business ventures that provide training and employment opportunities
for individuals with disabilities. In an effort to help individuals with disabilities become more self-sufficient, ADG is developing a “Teaching
Hotel and Training Institute” in partnership with the City of Muncie, Indiana where people with disabilities will be provided post secondary
education opportunities and a significant percentage of employees will be people with disabilities with salaries and benefits.

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  • 1. The Arc of Indiana 317-977-2375 or 800-232-9100 l 107 North Pennsylvania Street, Suite 800 l Indianapolis, IN 46204 l www.arcind.org fast facts about The teaching Hotel & Training Institute - Muncie, IN The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy organization for people with disabilities, established The Arc Development Group, LLC (ADG) in 2012. The purpose of the LLC is to invest its time and resources in business ventures that provide training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In an effort to help individuals with disabilities become more self-sufficient, ADG is developing a “Teaching Hotel and Training Institute” in partnership with the City of Muncie, Indiana where people with disabilities will be provided post secondary education opportunities and a significant percentage of employees will be people with disabilities with salaries and benefits. THE PROJECT AND IT’S PURPOSE n According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011 unemployment among individuals with disabilities was 82%. n In the absence of employment, individuals with disabilities are forced to seek public assistance to survive. n Hospitality is the word’s fastest growing industry according to a study conducted by Eastern Michigan University. n Developed by The Arc of Indiana, The Teaching Hotel & Training Institute will be Indiana’s first statewide hospitality training institute for individuals with disabilities. n The project’s primary goal is to provide post secondary education opportunities that will successfully train individuals with disabilities in the hospitality industry resulting in their employment. n The Teaching Hotel and Training Institute will train and employ individuals with disabilities throughout the hotel in various capacities including management. n To promote independence, The Teaching Hotel will create entrepreneurial venture opportunities within the hotel that are owned by individuals with disabilities such as a news stand, flower shop, shoe shine stand and other related ventures. n The project will provide a resource for Indiana businesses to successfully hire and maintain employees with disabilities. n The Teaching Hotel & Training Institute will be a 125-150 room property in downtown Muncie, IN with a restaurant and an attached parking garage. n Estimated at up to $25 million, the project will be affiliated with a major hotel brand. n The Teaching Hotel will feature original artwork created by individuals with disabilities with opportunities to sponsor the artwork. n The Teaching Hotel will operate for profit. Profits will be used to support The Training Institute and other initiatives of The Arc of Indiana. n The project will create approximately 30 permanent jobs in various capacities within the hotel for individuals with disabilities. n Ground breaking is planned for March 2014. Anticipated opening is slated for July 2015. n Located at 213 and 123 West Seymour Street in downtown Muncie, IN, The Teaching Hotel and Training Institute will be attached to Horizon Convention Center. PARTNERSHIPS n The State of Indiana n The City of Muncie, known as Middletown, USA and led by The Honorable Dennis Tyler. n Muncie Downtown Development Partnership and Horizon Convention Center, Muncie’s premiere special-event venue. n Schmidt Associates, an award-winning Indianapolis based planning, architecture and engineering design firm. n Post-secondary training partnerships are being pursued with Ivy Tech Community College and Ball State University. n Affiliated with a major brand, the hotel’s daily operations will be managed by Indianapolis management company, General Hotels Corporation. POSITIVE Outcomes n The Teaching Hotel and Training Institute project will lower Indiana’s unemployment rate and generate new tax revenues. n The Training Institute will provide a well-trained workforce for employment in the hospitality industry in communities throughout IN. n The project will serve as an economic development model demonstrating the strength and benefit of private and public investments. n The Teaching Hotel & Training Institute will set the standard for the future development of similar teaching hotel projects. n The project will provide a positive economic impact for the City of Muncie through additional property taxes and increased convention and tourism business. n The project will create additional tourism and hospitality employment opportunities for Muncie. n Development of The Teaching Hotel and Training Institute project will create construction opportunities for area contractors. PROJECT FUNDING n The project received a $5 million investment from the State of Indiana. n Horizon Convention Center has gifted the land for The Teaching Hotel and Training Institute project. n The Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie has provided a grant to be used for start up expenses. n The Arc of Indiana Board of Directors is providing start-up and capital funding. n Additional fund-raising efforts are ongoing. Please contact Jill Vaught l Director of Organizational Advancement l The Arc of Indiana at 317-977-2375 for more information.
  • 2. THE TEACHING HOTEL & training institute PARTNERSHIPS The Arc of Indiana The Arc of Indiana exists to help people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families realize their goals of learning, living, working, and playing in the community. Established in 1956 by parents of children with developmental disabilities, our main focus continues to be providing a resource for families to come together and help advocate for a better life for their children. Visit www.arcind.org. THE CITY OF MUNCIE The City of Muncie, known as Middletown, USA, is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis and has a population of 70,085 (2010 Census). Led by The Honorable Dennis Tyler, Mayor, the mission of the City of Muncie is “to provide quality and result- driven services that enhance neighborhoods, promote partnerships and celebrate diverse community resources for all citizens.” Through Mayor Tyler’s leadership, collaboration with The Arc of Indiana will increase the City of Muncie’s commitment to quality of life through economic, community and educational development. Horizon Convention Center The Horizon Convention Center, Muncie’s premiere special-event venue, is an innovative mix of historic beauty and modern design. Formerly Muncie’s Federal Building, the center houses 47,000 square feet of meeting space. For information, call (888) 288-8860 or visit www.horizonconvention.com. Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) represents a consortium of economic development entities dedicated to the growth and prosperity of Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana through the implementation of the Vision 2016 Economic Development Plan. Our purpose is to allocate and leverage economic development resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of Muncie-Delaware County as a superior business location. The EDA’s administrative entities are Delaware Advancement Corporation and the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit muncie.com. Schmidt Associates Schmidt Associates began on July 4, 1976, and was founded on the principal of Servant Leadership, a core value that places the client’s goals and aspirations at the forefront of the firm’s professional commitment to excellence. Today, Schmidt Associates is an award-winning multidisciplinary firm providing comprehensive planning, architecture, engineering, and construction delivery services. Schmidt Associates is led by Wayne Schmidt, CEO and Principal. Project architect and Ball State University graduate, Desma Belsaas, will design the project. The firm is located in Indianapolis, IN. Visit www.schmidt-arch.com. General Hotels Corporation General Hotels Corporation (GHC) is a leading hospitality management company operating branded full and select-service hotels and independent hotels. The Company provides hotel owners comprehensive property management services including revenue management. With over 50 years of experience, GHC currently operates 29 hotels located throughout the Midwest totaling nearly 3,400 guest rooms. The Company’s hotels operate under well-known brands including Courtyard by Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Best Western. GHC is a privately held company headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. Visit the Company’s website at www.genhotels.com for more information. The Arc of Indiana 317-977-2375 or 800-232-9100 l 107 North Pennsylvania Street, Suite 800 l Indianapolis, IN 46204 l www.arcind.org