$84 MILLION COMMITTED TO GREAT PLACES 2020 INITIATIVE THROUGH 2020
Community partners unveil strategic plans and new branding for Great Places
Indianapolis, Ind. – After months of research, neighborhood input and strategic planning, today Great Places 2020 partners unveiled the plans for each of the Great Places neighborhoods. Great Places 2020 has structured initial funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. To date, more than $84 million has been committed to the three Great Places from over 50 partners.
The Great Places 2020 initiative collected co-investment commitments from partners that are working together to transform these three strategic places. Partners were asked to indicate what they were committed to contributing and, where applicable, identify a dollar amount. The commitments represent a fraction of the planned work in the Great Places, as many partners were not ready to reveal projects publicly. To see the list of investments, please visit www.GreatPlaces2020.org/Investment.
In late 2014, three areas were identified as Indianapolis’ Great Places: East Washington and Oxford, 38th and Illinois and West Michigan and King. The Great Places 2020 initiative has provided each neighborhood with urban planning, real estate and marketing consultants to create plans designed to spur growth in each place.
Today, each Great Place unveiled their new branding identity and strategic plan, as well as unveiled a crowdfunding campaign with Patronicity to raise funds for specific projects in each Great Place. LISC Indianapolis and partnering sponsors will match donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000 through June 10.
The 38th and Illinois Great Place is now:
The Maple Crossing Strategic Plan can be downloaded at www.GreatPlaces2020.org/StrategicPlans.
Maple Crossing Patronicity Crowdfunding project will raise funds for the Indy Steelers youth football team. Support will provide practice equipment such as tackling dummies, speed sled and resistance bands, as well as some operational costs to continue to the program, enter tournaments and travel. To watch a short video, donate to this cause and to learn more, please visit www.Patronicity.com/IndySteelers.
The East Washington and Oxford Great Place is now:
The Englewood Village Strategic Plan can be downloaded at www.GreatPlaces2020.org/StrategicPlans.
Englewood Village Patronicity Crowdfunding project will raise funds to add an outdoor fireplace and interactive discovery wall to the Englewood Nature Playspace and Gardens. To watch a short video, donate to this cause and to learn more, please visit www.Patronicity.com/Englewood.
The West Michigan and King Great Place is now:
The River West Strategic Plan can be downloaded at www.GreatPlaces2020.org/StrategicPlans.
River West Patronicity Crowdfunding project will raise funds to build a multi-generational art park where youth and the young at heart can gather to observe and appreciate public art and engage in interactive activities that stimulate their minds. To watch a short video, donate to this cause and to learn more, please visit www.Patronicity.com/NearWest.
What is Great Places 2020?
Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project created to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as it reaches its Bicentennial.
The goal of the initiative is to transform neighborhoods and spur urban revitalization to help combat many of Indianapolis’ current challenges– including population loss to neighboring counties, high unemployment and poverty rates in certain areas, low graduation rates and high levels of pollution and obesity. Building communities that are walkable, attractive and culturally diverse will help attract and retain residents of all ages and socioeconomic status, increasing the tax base and reversing many of the negative trends.
“Recent efforts—such as the Super Bowl Legacy initiative—have demonstrated that a coordinated and strategic focus on neighborhood revitalization can bring about fundamental change in a targeted area,” said Bill Taft, Executive Director of LISC Indianapolis. “Great Places 2020 focuses on breathing life back into these communities by increasing vibrant commercial and community activity.”
Great Places 2020 has structured funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. Investments in each Great Place will be organized into four outcomes: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, Education.
As a collective impact initiative, Great Places 2020 counts on the contributions of many for its success—from neighborhood stakeholders at each of the Great Places to citywide investment partners. The initial implementation partners are: The City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Indy Chamber, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana. LISC Indianapolis acts as the backbone organization for this collective impact initiative.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training, and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. In short, we help neighbors build communities.