More Than Dollars and Cents

Mandee Mikulski
Director of Development/Communications Coordinator
Academy of Model Aeronautics

It’s More Than Dollars and Cents

AMA’s National Model Aviation Museum houses some of the greatest models in the world, and is the home of more than 100 years of model aviation history. Each year, the museum’s staff puts together different displays and exhibits to attract the public and encourage people to learn about model aviation and its applications to space aviation and technology.

In 2015, AMA worked with Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research to complete an economic impact study. The analysis looked at the AMA and the International Aeromodeling Center (IAC), which is the location for approximately 40 annual events, as well as the National Model Aviation Museum. It was estimated that the IAC welcomes 12,000 people from outside the county throughout the year. Based on the study, this equates to nearly $184,360 being generated from visitor purchases at local eating establishments, and $383,608 from visitors staying overnight in local hotels. The AMA would love for these numbers to continue to grow as the museum expands and develops, and the events held on-site multiply. “It’s more than dollars and cents,” said AMA Communications Coordinator Mandee Mikulski. “We are welcoming people to our site to learn about something they might not have known about before, and to take their curiosity to new heights.”

The AMA is proud to be part of the Muncie Visitors Bureau’s celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week and Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration.


Let’s Meet in Muncie

Joann McKinney
Executive Director
Horizon Convention Center

The Horizon Convention Center is all about creating events, and connecting people.

For more than 28 years, the Horizon Convention Center has been the premier place in Muncie for hosting conventions, exhibits, fundraisers, social events, and more.

In March alone, the Horizon Convention Center hosted 27 events bringing in over 4,500 people to the convention center with an economic impact of more than $300,000. The Horizon Convention Center sales team is continually marketing to meeting and event planners from out of town to persuade them to bring their conventions and events here.

Our outside sales manager is hard at work making connections at events and tradeshows and selling the attributes of our city. In the meantime, representatives from our team attend many local events and meetings to stay connected with Muncie.

With the new, attached 150-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, the Horizon Convention Center’s ability to attract new business has grown exponentially.  We have signed contracts and are in negotiations with many more new clients who would have not chosen Muncie were it not for the combination of the convention center with an attached hotel.

Renewed Energy in Muncie/Delaware County

Jim Mansfield jim@visitmuncie.org
Executive Director
Muncie Visitors Bureau

The Muncie Visitors Bureau is the official DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) for Muncie and Delaware County. As such, the hard working staff is continuously looking to bring visitors to our community through a myriad of ways.

The recent addition of the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown with the convenience of its connection to the Horizon Convention Center has created new interest and a renewed energy among business travelers. More and more meeting planners are scheduling conference and convention activities there adding to the excitement of the downtown Muncie revitalization.

Equally as important to our local economy are the leisure travelers that have made Muncie/Delaware County a destination. Ball State University plays a significant role in attracting visitors, family and friends to campus. But we also see our many wonderful attractions bringing thousands of curious people to our community. Minnetrista, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Cardinal Greenway, Civic Theater and the Muncie Sportsplex are just a few of the venues that make Muncie/Delaware County a great place to visit.

The Muncie Visitors Bureau is funded strictly by an Innkeeper’s Tax for people staying overnight in our local hotel properties. It might surprise some to know that more than $12 million dollars was spent in 2015 for lodging in Delaware County.

There’s lots to see and do in Muncie/Delaware County! We invite you to explore the community and learn more about things you probably didn’t know existed … right here in your own backyard.

Forest Idyll

Created by Albin Polasek in 1930, Forest Idyll commonly referred to by students as the “naked Lady” the bronze statue facing the south entrance of Bracken Library on the campus of Ball State University. The Statue is a common meeting place for students and even groups on Ball State’s Campus.

Muncie Music Center

Your destination for all things musical! We carry guitars, amps, drum kits, band instruments, and print music for beginners to pros. We offer private study for all instruments and quality repairs at competitive prices. Stop by and see us today!

A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie

Legacy explores the lives of five brothers – George, Frank, Edmund, William, and Lucius Ball as they moved their glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, New York to Muncie in the 1880s. The film pays particular attention to the wide ¬ranging philanthropic efforts of the family over the past 120 years, including the creation of Ball State University.

The full film is available online at: http://vimeo.com/96710414

The documentary recently won five international Accolade Awards: three awards of excellence for cinematography, lighting, and animation; and two awards of merit for directing and best short documentary.

Funded by the Ball Brothers Foundation in 2013, the documentary is one part of a larger project exploring community development initiatives in Muncie. An additional series about Muncie’s quality of life efforts titled Primacy of Place and a short documentary series about non-¬profit organizations in Delaware County are being produced concurrently. Both series will debut fully in spring 2015.

The Department of Telecommunications is proud to present a documentary about the five Ball Brothers – A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie.  To learn more about the project, please contact Chris Flook at caflook@bsu.edu or visit:http://welovetcom.com/ballbrothers/


Damask Cafe

We at Damask Cafe believe that great food is created by the artful mixture of flavors, color and atmosphere. Damask Cafe’s cuisine is healthy and balanced as well as delicious.