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Opportunity Investment Consortium of Indiana Launches to Support  Projects in Newly-Named Opportunity Zones 

INDIANAPOLIS, November 16, 2018 – Today, the Opportunity Investment Consortium of Indiana officially launched in efforts to intentionally champion the transformation of Opportunity Zone neighborhoods into vibrant places for residents and businesses.  The Consortium has just released an online portal to aid in matching projects in need of funding in these specified census tracts to potential investors. This morning in Indianapolis, more than 100 community partners and potential investors will gather to hear from expert panelists to learn how they can become more involved in this effort.  In April, Governor Holcomb nominated 156 Indiana census tracts to become Opportunity Zones. Civic leaders took immediate action, coalescing to launch the first statewide consortium … Continued

Indianapolis Inclusive Innovation Fellow 

To help member cities accelerate inclusive economic development in its communities, Forward Cities strives to place a dedicated, full-time “Inclusive Innovation Fellow” in Indianapolis for two years of service. This project is being hosted in partnership with LISC and the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The Fellow will serve as the central project manager for the “Forward Cities Community Innovation Accelerator” – a structured strategic planning, investment, and implementation process. Click here for more information.

To Make Real Change, Sometimes You Have to Make a RUCKUS

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are sharing the story of Consuelo Poland, founder of the The Latinas Welding Guild and director of Ruckus, a flourishing makerspace in the North Mass Avenue industrial corridor of Indianapolis, where we have been supporting the growth of a new and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Poland is dedicated to connecting Indy’s residents, Latina and otherwise, to satisfying work in creative, hands-on and entrepreneurial jobs, and building a supportive community for small businesses and makers in the process. Check out the full story!

Upcoming Events in Twin Aire

Thursday, September 20th, TANC meeting at 6:30 p,  Woodside United Methodist Church Wednesday, October 3rd – Construction and skilled trades Information Fair, 3 pm – 6 pm, Florence Fay Senior Apartments, 2815 English Avenue Click to enlarge

Development on Tap: How do we improve life expectancy in Indy neighborhoods?

There is a 10 – 20 year life expectancy gap between various Indianapolis neighborhoods. The lower life expectancy rate is largely due to health disparities and is similar to rates seen in countries such as Iraq and Bangladesh. In addition, 80 percent of health outcomes come from social determinants of health like housing, safety and income. So, how can we work to help bridge that gap? Thursday, Sept. 27 3:30 – 5:30 pm Register here!

Webinar: Opportunity Zones and Brownfield Redevelopment

Please join the TABs Kansas State University, the Center for Creative Land Recycling New Jersey Institute of Technology, and LISC, for the second webinar in a series intended to keep local communities informed and updated of the new tax law to spur economic investment in low-income communities in designated “Opportunity Zones”. This webinar will provide updates on Opportunity Zones, fund development to attract equity capital, and an example of a local government preparing for investment. Who should attend? Local government officials, planning staff, redevelopment agencies, and community economic developers located in Opportunity Zones interested in learning how the Opportunity provision is anticipated to function and is … Continued

Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) Seeks Artists for Pleasant Run Public Art

ROW requests the qualifications of artists and artist teams interesting in completing permanent, exterior artworks for the newly enhanced Spruce Bridge public space, located at the crossing of the Pleasant Run Trail over Pleasant Run Creek at Spruce Street in the historic Fountain Square neighborhood. The artwork(s) should reflect some aspect of the natural environment of the creek and it should include an educational component. The total artwork budget is $20,000. Click here for more information.

Neighbors Paint Mosaic Tiles for Prospect Falls Greenspace

Twin Air Coalition members, Pleasant Run Reconnecting to Our Waterways organizers, and neighborhood partners recently assisted artist Jude Odell in glazing the tiles for what will become the greenspace mosaic art piece at Prospect Falls.

Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition Meeting: Sept. 20

There are so many big projects on the horizon in Twin Aire and even more ways for you to get involved! Mark your calendar for the next Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition (TANC) meeting and don’t be shy about joining a task force committee. The groups are still forming and would love to add more members of the community to the process. Next TANC Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 20th, 6:30 p.m. at Woodside United Methodist Church (2541 Southeastern).

Lake City Bank Opens Interactive Teller Machine at Flanner House

Lake City is pleased to be able to bring banking services to the Martin Luther King Corridor, an area that has been unbanked in recent years. The ITM will help area residents and commuters along Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street access banking services that are convenient, cost effective and technology driven.

Oct. 12: Flanner House Gala Celebration

Celebrate the 120th year of Flanner House’s service to the community on Oct. 12, with a reception, meet and greet, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.  There will be a silent auction, Flanner House history area and merchandise booth.  A brief program will be followed by dancing and a live band.  All proceeds, and donations will benefit Flanner House programs, and services.  Get your tickets today!

Hearts and Hands of Indiana: Updating River West One House at a Time

This house at 702 N. Tremont Street is just one street east of Belleview Place, where Hearts and Hands of Indiana has several other rehabs happening, and only a one- minute walk to the newly renovated Haughville Park! Stay tuned for more pictures as the rehab project comes to a close this year. Click here to learn how you can volunteer with Hearts & Hands of Indiana!

Fonseca Theatre Company Announces Season Line-Up

The Fonseca Theatre Company, formerly known as River West Theatre Company, just released the schedule for its inaugural season. Fonseca Theatre gives voice to and celebrates Indy’s minority communities through the prism of purposeful theater and civic engagement.  Click here to view the season line-up!

SBA LIVE! THE 3 C’S OF SBA 

You are invited to attend this free workshop on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 3 – 4:30 pm at SOURCE River West. Register with a SBA employee and learn how the U.S. Small Business Administration can assist your business. Learn about free business Counseling resources, Credit Programs, & Federal Contracting! Learn more here.

Midtown Indy Hosting Anchor District Forum

Midtown Indianapolis is hosting the annual Anchor District Forum Sept. 19 – 21, a conference of urban anchor institution based development groups. A big portion of the second day will revolve around and take place in Maple Crossing. The Anchor District Council is a coalition of nonprofit community service corporations working in partnership with education, medical, and arts/cultural anchor institutions to transform city anchor districts and their adjacent neighborhoods.