Late 2019 - Early 2020: School Superintendent and Mayor Vision Discussions: Possibility of a hands-on student learning experience in a downtown location, making use of pending real estate possibilities at Columbia and Pearl.
March 2020, City reaches agreement to purchase with owner of Apothecary Shop. Viewed as a crucial step in downtown revitalization. Planning accelerates for educational usage, KISS-TV studios and DECA/Apache downtown location
May 2020, City collaborates with Ball State School of Architecture: Renderings of building exterior and concepts for interior.
September 2020: Building purchase is finalized.
January 2021: Ball State collaboration agreement: Ball State School of Technology Communications agrees to a mentorship program with Union City's KISS-TV. Program begins in school year 2022. Major interaction with Vision Corner facility in school year 2023.
February-April 2021: Lower-level usage plans developed. Communication plans are developed for additional fund-raising.
March 2021: Decision is made to elevate the mission of Vision Corner: Based on research of the potential of downtown education facilities, the vision was elevated to adult-level career-focused education and economic development.
April 2021: Randolph County Commissioners approve $250,000 for Vision Corner project -- enough secured funding to begin aggressive construction.
May 2021: Collaboration agreement with John Jay Learning Center in Portland: The Jay center provides avenues to technical skills focused in manufacturing; an ideal partner with Vision Corner's focus on Communication, Business Skills and Personal Development skills.
May 2021: Building exterior is painted. A major symbolic moment, visible proof of the revitalization and economic development progress being made.
June 2021: Additional funding secured. Approximately $350,000, assuring completion of Phase One, the lower level. Active planning underway for Phase Two with launch goal of August 2022.