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Ball State to assist in regional growth

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– Economic development in northeast Indiana just got a boost – Ball State University’s Building Better Communities initiative has established a regional office in downtown Fort Wayne.

Beth Neu was named the regional director of public policy and engagement at the office, adjacent to the Northeast Indiana Works staff offices on the ninth floor of the First Source buildingat 200 E. Main St.

Neu, who mingled at an open house Tuesday, is not new to the Fort Wayne business community. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, she was the city’s economic development director in the 1990s before moving to Virginia, where she lived for 15 years.

Back home again in Indiana and Fort Wayne, Neu is excited and eager to get started in her new position.

“We have wonderful resources available with Ball State University students and faculty, and I will be here to make connections in northeast Indiana and serve as a link to those resources,” she said.

Providing the link to the knowledgeable and talented students and staff results in action through projects and programs that benefit business, community and government partners across the state, she said.

“I am very impressed with all that Ball State University has to offer,” Neu said. “In addition to an outstanding education for students, professors and other staff are willing and able to share their expertise and consult on a variety of topics, from downtown revitalization to digital media.”

Building Better Communities projects have included creating documentaries, designing apps, partnering with Muncie police to help with unsolved murders, and developing social media for businesses and organizations.

vsade@jg.net

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