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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

2015 Small Business Facade Program Application Available

The Small Business Facade Program is a component of FOCUS that provides matching grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. These improvements could include new signage, windows, painting, and/or structural or design changes. This is a rebate program where business and property owners receive reimbursement for up to 50% of the cost of the project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for completed work. The goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and new resources to revitalize urban markets. The 2015 Small Business Facade Program is now open. To … Continued

Indianapolis Landlord Registry Open Until March 2015

During the 2014 session, the City-County Council voted 16-11 in favor of Proposition 195. The proposition was drafted by city Councilors Jeff Miller, John Barth and Zach Adamson and details policies that allow city agencies to create a registry of current landlords and better hold landlords accountable for negligence. The proposition is now in effect, ending a year-long moratorium on landlord accountability policies enacted by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013. Representative Justin Moed played a key role in organizing community members and city officials for landlord accountability. Indianapolis LISC actively supported this ordinance due to the longstanding challenge urban … Continued

Happy Holidays from LISC!

Thank you for all your support this year. We hope you enjoy your holiday season and we look forward to building community in 2015! Click on the picture above to watch LISC’s Holiday E-Card.

Building Sustainable Communities: Southeast Indianapolis

New research connects LISC investments in low-income communities to direct gains in employment and income Southeast Indianapolis was one of four areas nationwide chosen for an in-depth case study of neighborhoods in LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities program. The research shows that these neighborhoods saw a 9% increase in job creation, median income, and other economic and education indicators of growth beyond that of similar areas without long-term LISC investment. To learn more, visit the LISC national website, read the Summary Report or the Full Report.

Great Places 2020 Launches Successfully

On Friday, November 21, 2014 over 300 community leaders and neighbors gathered at Kinney Group Headquarters on the Near West side to officially launch the Great Places 2020 initiative. Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project transforming strategic places in six Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as we enter 2020. Each Great Place will be transformed through partnership, development and investment in: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education. Key partners have emerged that will contribute to the success of Great Places 2020, including  Buckingham Foundation, the Indiana Housing … Continued

Development on Tap: Brownfield Redevelopment

All too often, older industrial and commercial properties in Marion County remain vacant or underutilized due to real or perceived environmental contamination. These properties are known as brownfields and many of these sites represent prime opportunities for redevelopment. An innovative and effective tool for remediating brownfield sites is insurance cost recovery. Insurance cost recovery uses the former insurance policies that were in place when the pollution occurred at a site to pay for the site’s cleanup costs. The insurers have been found liable for such remediation even in cases where the policies were decades old. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation … Continued