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Inclusive Innovation Fellow Named

LISC Indianapolis is co-chairing with Central Indiana Community Foundation, the launch of an ongoing Inclusive Growth effort connected to Forward Cities, a national network focused on fostering inclusive innovation in partnering cities. This will create an ongoing forum for fostering Inclusive Growth in Indianapolis. Forward Cities has hired Kaliah Ligon as the two year Forward Cities Inclusive Innovation Fellow. Kaliah has served the Indianapolis community for the past ten years in several roles in grant-making, community building, outreach and organizing.

2019 Love Thy Neighborhood Awards Submission Deadline This Friday

We are currently soliciting nominations in all four award categories for the 2019 Love Thy Neighborhood Awards. An organization, individual, initiative or project can be nominated by a community member or they can self-apply. Three Nominees/Applicants will be selected as finalists in each category by a selection committee comprised of community development stakeholders. Nomination Deadline: Jan. 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Three finalists will be selected in each of four categories and announced prior to the event. The winner in each category will be announced on April 18, 2019. In addition, a People’s Choice Award will be given, determined by voting of attendees at … Continued

LISC Closes $4.1M Financing on the Circle City Industrial Complex:

We are delighted to announce on behalf of LISC Indianapolis the closing of $4.1M in construction financing for the Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC). Constructed in the 1920s, the 539,000 sq. ft. CCIC was the original home to the Schwitzer Corporation, a major auto industry force during the post-World War I era. It is the cornerstone of the Mass Ave/Brookside Industrial Corridor, a hub for business and cultural activity on Indianapolis’ near Eastside and is the visually dominant gateway into the Near Eastside, a LISC Quality of Life neighborhood. LISC financing will be deployed to complete the shell, facade and … Continued

LISC lends $2M in financing for the new KIPP Legacy High School

We are delighted to congratulate KIPP Indy Public Schools and Edna Martin Christian Center on the closing with LISC of $2M in financing for the new KIPP Legacy High School located in the Martindale Brightwood neighborhood. The $11.265M project is an expansion of KIPP Indy and is a part of EMCC’s $4.3M redevelopment of it’s new 6.8 acre Leadership and Legacy Campus. At full enrollment, the new school will serve 451 students.   Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is partnering in this financing with Civic Builders Inc., manager of the Facilities Investment Fund, a new $100 million lending entity, funded … Continued

LISC Hiring Deputy Director, Assistant Program Officer

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity  across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. LISC Indianapolis is currently hiring for two positions: Deputy Director The Deputy Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of Indianapolis LISC’s programs and capacity building. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director to support a robust and growing LISC office in a competitive market. Deputy Director Full Description Assistant Program Officer – Social Determinants of Health The Assistant Program Officer –Social Determinants of Health will report to the Executive  Director or … Continued

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.