Moody, Bush, CANPACK among those recognized by Ball Foundation, Chamber

MUNCIE, Ind. − Ball Brothers Foundation presented its annual Fisher Governance Award to Marta Moody, board president of Cardinal Greenways. Moody was recognized with the award at the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s 128th Annual Meeting celebration Thursday.

The John W. and Janice B. Fisher Governance Award annually honors a nonprofit board member in Delaware County for exemplary leadership, integrity, responsibility, and accountability.

“I can attest to the strong, passionate leader Marta Moody has been and continues to be for our organization,” Angie Pool, CEO of Cardinal Greenways, wrote in Moody’s nomination for the award. “She has created a vibrant, active, supportive board that helps the staff in every way possible.”

Moody also serves as executive director of the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission.

Cardinal Greenways received a grant of $10,000 for operations or further board training, and Moody was presented with a specially designed award hand-crafted by Brent Cole, associate professor of art at the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass at Ball State University.

“[Moody’s] dedication to the Cardinal Greenway trail system is strong and her passion rings out when speaking about the trail to other cities and organizations,” Pool noted.

For over 20 years, Moody has served on the Cardinal Greenways Board of Directors, where she has helped spearhead pivotal projects for the organization. The completion of the White River Greenway and Kitselman Trailhead. These two projects connect critical neighborhoods and trail segments, further building on Cardinal Greenways’ reputation as Indiana’s longest rail-trail.

Moody’s oversight and collaboration with the board has led to the creation of two strategic plans that have directed clear goals and outlined priorities for trail maintenance and growth far into the future.

Muncie−Delaware County Chamber of Commerce also honored several people and organizations active in the community's economy during its 128th annual meeting Thursday night.

The Excellence in Public Service Award was presented to John Bush, Delaware County Adult Probation officer, for his work in helping develop the JUMP program. The Judicial Users Manufacturing Partnership or JUMP is a six-month program for nonviolent offenders who have recently been released from jail.

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The program aims to break the cycle of offenders returning to jail by finding work. Through the program, the workers land a productive job while the employer's, facing a labor shortage, can fill a needed position.

Also recognized at the meeting in the Horizon Convention Center was a new manufacturer to Delaware County preparing to start local operations. CANPACK US. The company, which will be producing beverage cans for North America, will employ 400 people in its plant built this year at the intersection of Fuson and Cowan roads, just south of Muncie.

The CANPACK plant stands as the largest manufacturing plant in county with 826,000 square feet.

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Also recognized at the meeting was A Team Concessions, winner of the Spirit of Small business Award.

Classroom Connection of ECI was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Education Award. The nonprofit provides a resource center for under-resourced classrooms;

The incoming chairman for the Chamber is Nick Tokar, an attorney with the law firm of Defur Voran.

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Moody, CANPACK and Bush recognized during Chamber annual meeting