The Birth of “GearBox: Muncie”

According to articles in Muncie Journal and The Star Press, the facility formerly known as the Cintas building has been dubbed GearBox: Muncie – A Maker Hub by Sustainable Muncie Corporation.

The next phase of the endeavor is to begin seeking tenants. State funding has been requested with $2.6 million budgeted for the project and a projected completion date of sometime in 2019.

The vision of the new venture is to allow a space dedicated to the creation of ideas, collaboration of efforts, promotion of innovation and establishment of entrepreneurial networking in skilled crafts.


After several weeks of research and discussion, the new name was decided upon as

…the teeth of the gears can represent the guilds and other organizations…” Michael Wolfe – Board President

The whole idea may seem like a “pipe dream” to many who have seen similar ventures in the past fade away, but it is certainly refreshing to see the continued enthusiasm of those who are tirelessly seeking to move this community forward. I hope it works and would love being a part of this “dream”.

Let’s do this thing!

Source articles: Cintas building is now GearBox, TheMuncieStar 9/17/15 and Community Maker Initiative Gets New Formal Name, MuncieJournal 9/16/15.

Resources for Local Entrepreneurs

There is a “push” happening in East Central Indiana where several entities have emerged with the sole purpose of providing resources for and promoting local entrepreneurs. Founded in 2002 through a partnership of Ball State University, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and the City of Muncie, Innovation Connector offers office space, hi-speed internet connectivity, office machine usage, in an attractive environment, promoting networking with other like-minded entrepreneurs without restricting independence.

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Second Harvest

Second Harvest Food Bank has been servicing East Central Indiana for 32 years by relying on the generosity of others to provide food assistance to those in need.

The “Farm to Food Bank Program”, made possible by association with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, enables state food banks to buy items from local farmers that generally aren’t donated, providing a major, positive impact.

Second Harvest is in partnership with many local organizations, such as the Purdue University School of Technology, the Flagship Enterprise Center of Anderson, and Old National Bank, but is always looking forward to new partners.

A member of Feeding American national network, Second Harvest distributed 13 million pounds to those in need in 2014.

In addition to charitable donations, other types of assistance is always needed. Find out more about how you can assist at

The Pioneer Project

Before and after image

Before and after image

Affiliated with the Delaware County Historical Society, the “Pioneer Project” is an annual effort by the Pioneer Cemetery Preservation Committee to clean-up local cemeteries that have fallen into disrepair and abandonment.

The work, by community volunteers, entails the cleaning of markers, the recording of information from those markers, re-setting of markers, the re-building of monuments and general improvement of the grounds.

For information about “Pioneer Project”, click here, for the Facebook page, click here.

Habitat for Humanity

One of the programs delivering the most impact today is Habitat for Humanity. By providing affordable housing for everyone through the combined efforts of community volunteers and donations, Habitat for Humanity is a global organization based on Christian values without proselytizing.

Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity

The local HFH chapter has established, ReStore, a thrift store that accepts donations for resale with the proceeds going towards the cause.

ReStore Facebook page – MuncieHabitat.

To get involved locally, click here.

Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity Facebook page – MuncieHabitatReStore.