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OUR MISSION

Madjax is the home of Muncie’s Maker Force—a collaboration of makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses building community and creativity.

BUILDING HISTORY

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ABOUT MADJAX MAKER FORCE

Watch this short video to learn more about Madjax Maker Force! Special thanks to Ball Brothers Foundation and Ball State University Department of Media for featuring Madjax in their Moving Forward series.

OUR TEAM

Kyra Zylstra

Director of Programs and Initiatives

Lisa Watson

Operations Manager

Curt Grams

Design Lab Manager

Emily Helms

Brand Manager

Jeff Howe

Chief Financial Officer

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE MUNCIE

Sustainable Muncie, the parent corporation of Madjax Maker Force, is a public, non-profit 501(c)3 that aims to revitalize a low or moderate income community, provide small business training and promotion, business incubation space, lending of small or micro-business loans, and develop, own, and manage retail and commercial properties or industrial parks.

WHY SUSTAINABLE MUNCIE?

Many cities across the country are in disrepair and well-intentioned community leaders are working hard to identify opportunities for revitalization. In 2015, Sustainable Muncie Corporation was established as a public, non-profit with 501(c)3 tax exempt status to provide leadership to community-driven efforts to unlock hidden community assets and re-introduce those assets into the public domain to boost growth and prosperity. The 2017 Smart Growth America[1] report, Made in Place: Small-scale manufacturing and neighborhood revitalization, provides insight into how “small-scale manufacturing can help downtown revitalization and in turn, small-scale manufacturing can benefit from and thrive in downtown locations.” Key recommendations for action include:

 

  • Finding, connecting, and supporting small-scale manufacturers;

  • Identifying funding sources;

  • Encouraging small, light industrial space in local developments; and

  • Creating cross-sector partnerships.

 

Additionally, Detter and Fölster[2] (2018) argue for “making the value of long-term investments more transparent and visible to the public, and making better use of professionals who make decision based on evidence while remaining at arm’s length from day-to-day politics.” Their strategy consists of (1) knowing your economic, human, and social assets; (2) using professional management practices; and (3) shifting resources from consumption to long-term investment.

[1] Smart Growth America (see https://smartgrowthamerica.org) is a national organization working to “help every town and city become a more economically prosperous, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable place to live.”

[2] Detter and Fölster (2018). The Public Wealth of Cities. Brookings Institution Press (Washington, DC).

SUSTAINABLE MUNCIE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Allison Robbins

President

Peggy Cenova

Chairman of the Board

Phil Tevis

Vice President

Jane Ellery

Secretary/Treasurer

Aaron Brunsman

Member

Alisa Wells

Member

Corey Sharp

Member

Cesar Gellido

Member

Matt Lowe

Member

David Carnes

Member

(Open position)

MRC Representative