The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy organization for the people with disabilities, has been working for several months with the City of Muncie and the Horizon Convention Center to build a 125 room hotel and hospitality training center in downtown Muncie. The $20 million project is an Arc of Indiana initiative and calls for around 200 Hoosiers with disabilities to be trained at the hotel each year. The Muncie City Council voted unanimously on August 5 to close High Street between Victor and Seymour streets, as well as a north-south alley between the same streets east of High, where construction of the facilities is planned.
Kim Dodson, Associate Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana said, “This venture will serve multiple purposes. The primary goal is to successfully train individuals with disabilities in the hospitality industry resulting in their employment. For people with disabilities, this will provide a valuable option for post-secondary education training that is greatly needed, not only in Indiana, but throughout the country. In addition to the hospitality jobs, the project will provide entrepreneurial opportunities that will allow individuals with disabilities to own a small business within the hotel. The project will also provide a resource for all businesses in Indiana in how to successfully hire and maintain employees with disabilities, and will provide a well trained workforce, ready to be employed in the hospitality industry in communities throughout the state.”