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Chasing the Dream: A Center for Working Families Success Story

Michael is a married father of three sons ages seventeen (17), seven (7) and two (2) years old. He is a lifelong resident of the southeast side of Indianapolis. Michael is extremely motivated and wants to ensure a quality life for his family. In August 2015, having worked temporary jobs for some time, Michael decided it was time for a change. He had become increasingly concerned about his family's financial wellbeing. His wife Sylvia had been taking online college courses in Accounting, but that had put the family in serious financial debt since she was attending a proprietary college. Now, … Continued

Indy Chamber’s 2016 Monumental Awards

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT! Project submissions are being accepted for the Indy Chamber‘s 2016 Monumental Awards. Entries due no later than 5 PM on Friday, July 29. LISC is the nominating sponsor for the Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovative Reuse category!   Click here to learn about the entry guidelines, 2016 category requirements and judging criteria. 

STIR Workshop: Retail 101 on Thursday, August 11th at 5:30pm

Don’t miss Riley Area Development Corporation’s next STIR Workshop: Retail 101 on Thursday, August 11th at 5:30pm! Interested in owning a retail business?  Then this is the workshop for you!  Join Riley Area Development Corporation for the Retail 101 STIR Workshop #6 on Thursday, August 11th at 5:30pm.  Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro101, a mobile + pop up boutique, will be the guest speaker! Heather will share her start up story, offer advice and strategies to owning a successful retail business, provide different ideas for how a retail business can work and answer any questions you might have. She has a great deal of … Continued

Donate today to help the Indy Steelers!

We have partnered with Patronicity to crowdfund for the Indy Steelers AYF. Your support will also help provide practice equipment such as tackling dummies, speed sled, resistance bands as well as some operational costs to continue to the program, enter tournaments and travel. Indianapolis LISC will match dollar for dollar up to $10,000! We have already raised $8,865 – just $1,135 shy of our goal! Click here to learn more and donate: https://www.patronicity.com/project/indy_steelers_football  

Successful Development on Tap

Thanks to all who attended last night’s Development on Tap: The Indianapolis toolbox for vacant and abandoned property. Thanks to sponsor PNC Bank and partners Center for Community Progress, The City of Indianapolis and Renew Indianapolis. It was a thoughtful conversation about systemic approaches and barriers to address vacant and abandoned parcels in Indianapolis. Please click here to download the May 26 Development on Tap presentation.   Click here for the Center for Community Progress Final Report. Summary of Community Progress Indianapolis Recommendations  

June 9: Become a Brewing Entrepreneur

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about becoming a Brewing Entrepreneur! Join Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC)‘s STIR Workshop on June 9 at Centerpoint Brewing. Join owners Jon Robinson of Centerpoint Brewing and Tia Agnew of  New Day Craft for a workshop geared towards becoming a brewing entrepreneur.  You will hear first hand accounts from our experts on what it takes to open a brewing business plus  tools to utilize as you get started, how to brand your product and much much more. This educational discussion will be held at Centerpoint Brewing and will be 21+.  We’ll be carding at the door.  As always, … Continued

Donate to help improve Englewood Nature Playscape

Great Places 2020 has joined forces with Patronicity to create a crowdfunding project in Englewood Village. A Retreat From The Concrete Jungle The Englewood Nature Playspace and Gardens is a beloved neighborhood asset, created over the last 15 years by and for neighbors, and in particular early childhood learners. It is a respite from the concrete and asphalt that dominates our neighborhood, and the only public greenspace in walking distance. Currently the space contains: Dozens of trees, including fruit trees Hundreds of native grasses and flowers Twelve raised garden beds A large sandbox Picnic Shelter with patio Climbing areas with … Continued

Indy LISC staff lends a hand

Thanks to Groundwork Indy for organizing a great project last Friday, including a trash pickup along historic Burdsal Boulevard and renewing a community garden at Riverside Community Center.

Donate to help build the River West Multi-Generational Art Park

Great Places 2020 has joined forces with Patronicity to create a crowdfunding project in River West. The River West Multi-Generational Art Park, located at 518 N. Pershing Avenue is envisioned to be a place where youth and the young at heart gather to observe and appreciate public art and engage in interactive activities that stimulate their minds. The space will feature a vibrant wall art on the adjacent building, native plantings, attractive lighting fixtures and furnishings that inspire conversations and social interaction. The Project The mural will be designed with input and inspiration from neighbors of all ages.  It will … Continued

Development on Tap: May 26, 2016

You’re invited to Development on Tap: The Indianapolis toolbox for vacant and abandoned property The month’s Development on Tap features the Center for Community Progress (CCP) who will present their observations and findings on the systemic approaches and barriers to address vacant and abandoned parcels in Indianapolis as well as public and private sector capacity to combat this problem. Earlier this year, Renew Indianapolis, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis and LISC Indianapolis, engaged the Center for Community Progress to evaluate the systems that impact vacancy and abandonment. These systems include: Data Delinquent tax enforcement Housing and building code … Continued

Great Places 2020 Plans Unveiled

Thank you to all who attended last night’s Great Places 2020 Neighborhood Plan Unveiling! With more than 550 residents, business owners and community partners in attendance, the event truly was a success.  Also, a big thank you to the host of the evening’s event – James Whitcomb Riley School #43. Each Great Place unveiled their area’s Strategic Plan, please see below for links to these visions. $84 million committed to Great Places 2020 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 … Continued

Great Places 2020 Crowdfunding Campaign: Indy Steelers

Great Places 2020 Crowdfunding Campaign: Indy Steelers Click here to learn more and donate We are the Indy Steelers, a youth football program for ages 7-14 based out of Tarkington Park at 39th & Illinois.  Every week our team keeps these youth off the streets, making friends, and learning skills like teamwork & strategy they can use in school and life.  Now is the time for you to help us take it to the next level. Beyond a love of the game, the teammates have faced a great deal of adversity over the past few seasons, but still managed to compete … Continued

Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Video

The Mass Ave Industrial Corridor is a legacy industrial district near Downtown Indianapolis that has been targeted for revitalization. There are many small manufacturers with a long history in the area but an influx of new artisan manufacturers and makers are starting to call this Industrial Corridor home. This short video created by Yardbox Films, shares a glimpse of people working, products being, and policy considerations that are all reshaping the area.

Small Business Commercial Facade Rebate Program

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. To apply, call LISC’s direct line for the Small Business … Continued