The Arc of Indiana announced today that a teaching hotel being developed by The Arc’s for-profit corporation, Arc Innovations, in conjunction with a hospitality training institute, will be a Courtyard by Marriott. Governor Mike Pence and Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler joined The Arc for the announcement at a press conference at Muncie’s Horizon Convention Center.
This first of its kind project in the nation will provide postsecondary education opportunities for people with disabilities in the hospitality and food service industries, train human resource professionals in hiring people with disabilities, employ people with disabilities at the Courtyard by Marriott, and offer the opportunity for people with disabilities to own their own business in the hotel.
“The initiation of this project was made possible thanks to a grant from the state of Indiana, acting through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Thanks to the state of Indiana’s support, a key piece of the puzzle was put into place that allows The Arc to move forward with our dream, and ongoing capital campaign, to establish the nation’s first statewide hospitality training institute for people with disabilities,” said Kim Dodson, associate executive director of The Arc and chief executive officer of Arc Innovations. “We are proud to be in a state where economic development opportunities include people with disabilities and greatly appreciate Governor Pence’s commitment to assuring all Hoosiers have opportunities to develop job skills that will lead to employment.”
“As we looked at hotel brands, Courtyard by Marriott was our first choice. Not only does this brand bring so much to the venture, their training program is exceptional and their participation in our training institute will be tremendous. With the Courtyard by Marriott in place, we can now move forward with all of our key partners to build this truly unique training institute and teaching hotel.” Dodson said.
Training Institute and Teaching Hotel Partners
The State of Indiana
The City of Muncie
Horizon Convention Center
Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance
Courtyard by Marriott
General Hotels Corporation
A Pots and Pans Production
The Courtyard by Marriott will be a 150 room hotel with a restaurant and attached parking garage, located adjacent to the Horizon Convention Center. Ground breaking is planned for 2014. Anticipated opening is slated for late 2015.