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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

Great Places 2020 Plan Unveiling Moved to May 10

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Great Places 2020 Neighborhood Plans Unveiling has been moved: WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. Short program will begin at 5 p.m. WHERE: James Whitcomb Riley School 43, 150 W 40th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Please click here to RSVP for update your response:…

Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Film

You are invited to the Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Film screening event on April 13, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Circle City Industrial Complex, Farmers Market space – G10. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please join Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) for the viewing of the Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Film. This project, made possible with the support of Indianapolis LISC, showcases the diversity of companies operating and products being made in this industrial area. The film tells a story of small business growth, reinvestment, the maker movement, and the many people involved in the revitalization … Continued

Southside Quality of Life Plan begins

Southside Quality of Life Plan begins In 2015, LISC embarked on a new Quality of Life Planning process on the Southside for the area from Garfield Park south to I-465 in conjunction with the University of Indianapolis.  The Southside Quality of Life Plan seeks to identify strategies for improving the Southside of Indianapolis through community engagement and a plan for sustained and conscious development. In late February, a Visioning Summit was held with more than 200 residents in attendance to define a shared vision for their neighborhood’s future that included housing, safety, culture, parks, healthcare, childcare, education and economic development.

Farm 365 project adds 11 jobs

Farm 365 project adds 11 jobs Farm 365, located in the Englewood Village neighborhood, seeks to be a small part of the solution of the food desert problem on the Near East side. It is focused on year round production and year round employment. Growing fresh, flavorful produce, grown by and for the local community, as well as re-purposing buildings, adding value to urban neighborhoods and directly creating 11 jobs. LISC Indianapolis provided a $20,000 facade improvement grant for Farm 365 and a $99,750 project initiation loan to support this project.

Indy Food Council Awarded Funds

Indy Food Council Awarded Funds The Indy Food Council recently received funding from LISC National and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Indy Food Council will work collaboratively with the food access and education taskforce to develop pilot projects and bring affordable, fresh healthy foods to the Great Places 2020 neighborhoods.

Pin Project brings more retail opportunities to Fletcher Place

Pin Project brings more retail opportunities to Fletcher Place Constructed in the 1940s as a 12-lane blowing alley, The Pin is an 11,000 sq. ft. art-deco building in the Fletcher Place neighborhood, located in the Southeast Side quality of life neighborhood. The Pin redevelopment was credit enhanced using money from State Farm Insurance. The target tenant market includes technology and energy companies, which is a growing sector in Indianapolis. Interested in more details? Email Aaron Laramore, LISC Senior Program Manager.

Donor Highlight: INHP Catalyst Grants

Donor Highlight: INHP Catalyst Grants In 2015, through the generous support of Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), a $18,000 Catalyst Grant was awarded to the Martin Luther King Center in Mid-North to support the Family & Neighborhood Advocate project, a service delivery model for families and children. This project provides intensive head-of-household services including workforce development, connections to education resources, income supports and financial management and will target families of School #43. Thank you INHP for your generous support!


HISTORY OF CWF IN INDIANAPOLIS The first Center for Working Families in Indianapolis was sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation at George Washington High School in the Near West neighborhood (2004-2006),  with a focus on family financial literacy.  It was an outgrowth of the Foundation’s investment in “Community Schools” – public schools that function as hubs for neighborhood life, where families can participate in a variety of family-strengthening activities.  In 2007 the CWF moved to nearby Hawthorne Community Center, where financial literacy and coaching were bundled with employment services and income supports funded by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation … Continued

Indy Rezone and Its Impact on Urban Redevelopment

Thanks to all who attended this week’s FOstering Commercial Urban Strategies (FOCUS) Lunch and Learn hosted by “Indy Rezone and Its Impact on Urban Redevelopment” with Tammara Tracy from Department of Metropolitan Development and Jim Rawlinson City of Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement.

Where you live matters to your health

The 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation #HealthRankings were just released! Find out how healthy your Indiana county is and explore factors that drive your health Click here to explore. Find out what’s driving health differences across your state and what can be done to close those gaps. The Action Center provides tools to help groups working together to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.

Please SAVE THE DATE for the Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Film viewing party

April 13, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Circle City Industrial Complex. Snacks and beverages will be provided   Over last few months, Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) has worked with Asa Gauen with Yardbox Films to create a promotional video for the Mass Ave Industrial Corridor. This video, intended to be used by a variety of local stakeholders, highlights the people working and the products being made in this district. While the area still faces many challenges, this film aims to showcase the opportunity that local leaders saw in the area that is driving a focused revitalization … Continued

Indy Convergence makes Near West home

Indy Convergence, a non-profit Indianapolis arts organization dedicated to the growth of artists, has made its home at 2611 W. Michigan in the Near West neighborhood. Indy Convergence brings together a groups of professional artists from around the world to collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects, teach workshops and explore how to best interact with communities. Click here to learn more about this wonderful organization!