The diverse business community in Muncie-Delaware County has shown its ability to adapt to society’s ever-changing economic vitality by simultaneously building up its strengths and taking advantage of the era’s latest opportunities. Today, Muncie-Delaware County is the medical and retail sales center for the regional seven-county area, and is home to some of Indiana’s most talented and skilled workers. Advanced manufacturing, life science, software and information processing and distribution center businesses all call Muncie-Delaware County home.
Recently, Muncie-Delaware County has attracted international manufacturing giants Magna Powertrain (MPT-Muncie, 410 jobs) and Miasa Corporation (100 jobs). In addition, Fortune 500 companies such as Sallie Mae (750 jobs) and IBM (500 jobs) have opened new offices in Muncie. Jarden Home Brands relocated and expanded its corporate offices by adding a new accounting and finance center (42 new jobs) to manage acquisitions. Cardinal Health System remains the county’s second largest employer and has recently invested more than $120 million in an expansion of Ball Memorial Hospital. Ball State University is currently home to more than 18,000 students and employs nearly 3,500 people.
Advanced manufacturing, information technology, logistics and agricultural businesses are continually drawn to Muncie-Delaware County due to the availability of a highly skilled and available workforce, along with economical building and land costs. Already located in one of the lowest state-cost business environments in the United States, our community boasts some extra amenities not found in many communities our size. Industria Centre Industrial Park, Park One Business Park and Airpark Industrial Park offer hundreds of acres of available land at strategic locations throughout the county. Park One Business Park is adjacent to Interstate 69 at Exit 41. In addition, the county has hundreds of acres of land in the newly created Bio Vision Ag Park and Airport Development Zone, along with several free- standing sites.
Muncie-Delaware County has an extensive transportation network that includes four-lane access to both Interstate 69 and Interstate 70. Johnson Field, Muncie’s general aviation airport, has a 6,500-foot runway capable of handling most corporate aircraft and larger charter jet engines.
At Indianapolis International Airport, 19 regional and national airlines operate 194 flights daily, including non-stop service to 39 cities. Indianapolis International Airport is a regional hub for Federal Express, UPS and DHL.
Muncie-Delaware County is also serviced by both Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads.
Vision 2011 Economic Development Alliance is the community’s newest five-year economic development program. Vision 2011 operates as the chief organization in the county, dedicated to advancing successful economic progress throughout the cities and towns of Muncie-Delaware County. It stands as one of less than 30 North American economic development organizations to be designated as an Accredited Economic Development Organization by the International Economic Development Council. By its title year, Vision 2011 aims to create or retain 2,000 jobs with a capital investment goal of $300 million.
Muncie-Delaware County is also serviced by a number of additional business organizations, each a significant part of the economic sector of the community. The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is comprised of companies, organizations and individual professionals representing nearly 800 businesses in the area. A wealth of programs, events, networking and advertising opportunities, educational workshops, seminars and much more provide support for the success of local business.
Small businesses looking for support have access to the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Innovation Connector small business incubator. The Muncie Manufacturing Alliance provides an open forum for discussion on the issues facing the abundance of manufacturing companies that operate in the area.