MUNCIE, IN — An idea that was once a dream and a sketch on a small square napkin became a reality Tuesday, Dec. 22, with the opening of Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center and the Erskine Green Institute.
The state-of-the-art hotel at 601 S. High Street, along with the adjoining Thr3e Wise Men restaurant, will employ about 110 people, as well as students from the Erskine Greene facility, which will give those with disabilities the opportunity to pursue careers in the hospitality industry.
“This is a special day for our city,” Mayor Dennis Tyler said ahead of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place in front of the hotel. “This (represents) a new generation for Muncie, for its people.”
The Arc of Indiana, an advocacy group for those with mental disabilities, has worked closely with the city to make the dream of a first-of-its-kind training hotel a reality, he said.
“The hotel has already spurred growth; we’ve been in touch with … businesses who are looking at Muncie now,” Tyler said. “It’s a very emotional day, to see all this coming together and knowing where it started.”
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