Marshall County residents are invited to a public conversation about a critical issueâ€”building community and economic development strategiesâ€”on November 17 at Swan Lake Resort.Â The one-day event is part of the Community Conversations series, convened with support from the Indiana Humanities Council and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University. Marshall County was one of eight regions selected.
National, state and local experts in community and economic development will share emerging trends and opportunities to benefit rural counties. The event will feature a keynote address by Richard Longworth, author of Caught in the Middle: Americaâ€™s Heartland in the Age of Globalism.Â A free copy of Longworthâ€™s book will be provided to the first fifty (50) people who register to attend.
The morning session will be titled â€śTurn on the Lights,â€ť and encourage Marshall County residents to think strategically about long-term opportunities for the region. The afternoon session, called, â€śConnecting the Grid,â€ť will discuss connections to neighboring counties, states and the world. The event will feature several breakout sessions to maximize discussion among participants.
There is a $15 registration fee for the day, which includes program materials and lunch..Â To register, call the Marshall County Community Foundation at 574-935-5159, visit www.marshallcountycf.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by November 12.
The cost of the speakers, planning and promotion will be covered by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, the Indiana Humanities Council. After the meeting, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs will provide additional consultation as needed.
Local event planning partners include:
- Marshall County Community Foundation
- Marshall County Economic Development Corporation
- Bremen Chamber of Commerce
- United Way of Marshall County
Additional event sponsors include:
Several statewide partners have committed to lending their expertise and support to the Community Conversation series, including:
- Indiana Chamber of Commerce
- Association of Indiana Counties
- Indiana Association of Cities and Towns
- Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick
- Indiana Grantmakers Alliance
- Indiana Association for Community Economic Development
- Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs
- Indiana Office of Tourism Development
- Community Based Projects, Ball State University
- Indiana Farm Bureau
About the Indiana Humanities Council
The Indiana Humanities Council connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read, talk and listen. As a convener, leader and partner, the Council promotes the public humanities and engages Indianaâ€™s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.
About the Bowen Center for Public Affairs
The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University advances the ideals of civic literacy, community involvement, and public service exemplified by the career of Dr. Otis R. Bowen.Â The Center leads the way in Indiana toward an energized citizenry and vital community life. Learn more at www.bsu.edu/bowencenter.
About the Marshall County Community Foundation
The mission of the Marshall County Community Foundation is to serve all of Marshall County, its people and its future through the growth and administration of endowment funding and philanthropy.Â Â Learn more at www.marshallcountycf.org.
About the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation
The mission of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation is to expand and diversify the economy of the county by fostering investment in new and existing facilities and creating entrepreneurial capacity.Â Learn more at www.marshallcountyedc.org.
About the Bremen Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce is to unite local businesses and support economic vitality, community prosperity and quality of life.Â Learn more at www.bremenchamberofcommerce.com
About the United Way of Marshall County
The United Way of Marshall County is creating lasting changes by advancing the common good. The community organization invests in the building blocks for a good life: Education, Income and Health.Â Learn more at www.marshallcountyuw.org