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Indy Brownfield Accelerator Program

Indianapolis LISC’s Fostering Commercial Urban Strategies (FOCUS), Great Places 2020, and Reconnecting Our Waterways (ROW) created the Indy Brownfield Accelerator Program convening experts and industry leaders to expedite the redevelopment of city brownfields. The project provides technical assistance sessions with the ROW Economic Environmental Resource Panel which includes an attorney, environmental consultant, government brownfield redevelopment representative, and developer with brownfield experience. Those interested in developing a property, but are concerned it may be or is a brownfield, fill out the Indy Brownfield Accelerator RFI. The first Indy Brownfield Accelerator Forum is on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 11:30am – 1:00pm … Continued

City Celebrates Dedication of Central State Greens NFL Field

Central State Greens, a redevelopment project encompassing over 9 acres at the heart of the former Central State Hospital site, is made possible by a unique partnership between LISC Indianapolis, the City of Indianapolis, and Reverie Estates. Central State Hospital, created in 1827, once cared for nearly 3,000 patients on its 140 acre grounds. Funding cuts led to the hospital’s closure in 1994 and the site has been vacant and in deteriorating condition ever since. Its revitalization has been a centerpiece of the Near West neighborhood Quality of Life plan.   The development connects the Near West neighborhood and residents with students at IUPUI, an … Continued

Indianapolis LISC Presents at the Midwest Regional Sustainability Conference

Indianapolis LISC’s Tedd Grain joined a delegation from Indianapolis that included Melody Park (City of Indianapolis—Office of Sustainability), John Hazlett (Williams Creek Consulting), Kelly Harris (Reconnecting to Our Waterways) and McKenzie Beverage (Butler University—Office of Sustainability) to participate in Green Umbrella’s Midwest Regional Sustainability Conference.  Tedd presented on LISC and Indy Food Council’s efforts to improve food systems in Indianapolis.     For more information on the conference, visit the Green Umbrella website.  For more information on the Indy Food Council, visit their website.       

Public Meeting: Mass Ave. Brookside Industrial Corridor

Join fellow neighbors and Riley Area Development Corporation for the 3rd public meeting about the Mass Ave. Brookside Industrial Corridor.  This is an opportunity for residents, concerned citizens, and those with experience in redevelopment to share ideas, ask questions, and give feedback to consultants on issues such as infrastructure, job creation, buffering, crime, community engagement, etc.  The meeting will be held at Spades Park Library on May 13th from 6pm – 7pm. 

Clifton Square Development Brings $12M Investment to Northwest Neighborhood

The Clifton Square development Clifton Square, a new senior housing development in the Northwest area, celebrated its grand opening this month.  The new development, located at the highly visible intersection of 30th Street and Clifton street, features 57 one and two-bedroom units, developed in two buildings connected by an architectural dramatic skywalk between the two buildings. the building on the northwest corner was formerly an old bank that last housed the now-defunct United Northwest Area Community Development Corporation. Monthly rents range from $266 to $543 for a one bedroom and from $319 to $630 for a two bedroom, depending upon income. … Continued

Making SENSE: A Citywide Conversation on Quality Neighborhood Schools

Thank you for joining a panel of civic leaders for breakfast and a discussion about quality neighborhood schools and the future of education in our neighborhoods – with a look at success stories at both IPS and public charter schools on Indianapolis’s near southeast side. The morning panel featured:   Following the morning panel were charter school facilities financing sessions. Two panels explored how to open up capital markets by improving policies and standardizing credit assessment practices. The panels included:   Reena Abraham, Vice President of Education Programs at National LISC Jeff Bennett, Director of Real Estate Services at IFF Beth Bray, Program Officer at the … Continued

Menomonee Valley Redevelopment

From Eyesore to Model of Sustainable Development Since its inception in 1999, Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc. has served as the lead agency in the redevelopment of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. Once Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore, the Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability. More than one million square feet of green buildings have been constructed and more than 60 acres of new trails and park space with 45 acres of native plants installed have led to improved wildlife habitat and water quality. 300 acres of brownfield have been developed, 39 companies have moved to … Continued

Program Officer Position at LISC

LISC Indianapolis invites applications for a Program Officer who will have a lead role in implementing LISC’s economic development program—FOCUS. Fostering Commercial Urban Strategies (FOCUS) is designed to bolster economic opportunity in Indianapolis’s urban neighborhoods. Developed by LISC in partnership with the Indy Chamber, the City of Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development, FOCUS’s goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and other resources in a way that helps drive and support neighborhood revitalization. To apply, candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Tedd Grain with “Program Officer Position” in the subject line of … Continued

Third Round of Indy Food Fund Now Open

The Indy Food Council is pleased to announce the third round of the Indy Food Fund.  The Indy Food Fund is a small grant and loan program designed to support catalytic food related projects in Marion County.  This year the fund will prioritize applicants who can show they are working towards one of more of the following initiatives as outlined as priorities by the council: Improve access to healthy and local food across all ages and demographics. Increase the demand for local food in Indy by promoting local options, expanding existing local food production efforts and developing new ones, and … Continued

Obama’s Ivy Tech Visit Spotlights Community Development Partnerships

  It’s exciting to see President Obama celebrating the work of a great partner to LISC like Ivy Tech. The President’s highlighting of the impact that a community college can have on a community has been reflected in how Ivy Tech has been part of local comprehensive community development efforts. The Ivy Tech campus is located in the Mid-North Quality of Life neighborhood, and the college has joined with residents and organizations like the Indianapolis Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Mapleton-Fall Creek CDC, and Near North Development in implementing many community improvement goals. Three years ago, LISC invested $11.2 Million in Federal New Market … Continued

Southside Indy Begins Quality of Life Process

LISC, INHP, Fifth Third Bank, the City of Indianapolis and University of Indianapolis have partnered to bring a quality of life plan to the south side of the city. The focus area is bound by 1-65 and I-465 and Raymond and Meridian streets. Revitalization efforts will seek to decrease high rates of unemployment and poverty, reduce the amount of abandoned and vacant homes and storefronts, and spur community development and neighborhood engagement. Fifth Third Bank has pledged a $100,000 Strengthening Our Communities grant and LISC and UIndy have committed to raise $70,000 to support an intense study and launch the … Continued

Program Associate Position at LISC

LISC Indianapolis invites applications for a Program Associate who will work with neighborhood groups to help achieve community transformation. The Program Associate will have a role in implementing two key LISC initiatives: Great Places 2020 and FOCUS. To apply, candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Tedd Grain with “Program Associate Position” in the subject line of the email. Only email applications will be accepted. No phone calls, please. Deadline: March 6, 2015

Northwest Area QOL to Create Groundwork USA Trust

The Groundwork USA Steering committee, working in close collaboration with northwest area neighborhoods, unanimously voted to move forward with the creation of an Indianapolis Branch. Groundwork USA is a national non-profit focused on green and open spaces and youth. The new branch will be focused on the Northwest Area QOL, the most recent area to complete the quality of life plan process. The organization will bring greater focus and new resources from the federal EPA and Parks Department to green spaces and underutilized brownfield sites in the northwest area neighborhoods.     

2015 NFL Foundation RFP Released

The NFL Grassroots Program is a partnership between National LISC and the NFL Foundation to revitalize community football fields in neighborhoods across the country. The program provides grants up to $200,000 and technical assistance to qualifying non-profit community-based organizations to spearhead the field improvement efforts. To apply for the program, read the Request for Proposal (RFP) and submit the appropriate paperwork as instructed by March 30, 2015.

PNC Renews Support of FOCUS Program

We are proud to announce that PNC has renewed its support of the FOCUS program. The FOCUS program – which stands for FOstering Commercial Urban Strategies – is designed to bolster economic opportunity in Indianapolis’s urban neighborhoods. The goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and other resources in a way that helps drive and support neighborhood revitalization. PNC’s commitment will help revitalize growing neighborhoods in Indianapolis by improving commercial corridors for job creation, increased public safety, and a more robust and vibrant economic environment. “Commercial corridors and the business districts they support are a neighborhood’s … Continued