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Executive Director Bill Taft named IBJ Michael A. Carroll Award recipient

Congratulations to Indy LISC Executive Director, our fearless leader, Bill Taft who recently was named the recipient of this year’s IBJ’s Michael A. Carroll Award for his decades of work in Indianapolis’ neighborhoods. Taft’s lifelong commitment to urban neighborhoods has earned him the distinction of being the 23rd recipient of IBJ’s Michael A. Carroll Award, given annually to a man or woman who has demonstrated the former deputy mayor’s qualities of determination, humility and service. Carroll was among six people killed when two small planes collided over southern Marion County on Sept. 11, 1992. “If we are going to thrive … Continued

End Veteran Homelessness

Today America pauses to honor Veterans. On Monday, we go back to work to End Veteran Homelessness. In honor of Veterans Day, we are sharing the story of Gerald Hurt, a formerly homeless veteran who recently moved into a new supportive housing community in Danville, Illinois. Together with the National Equity Fund and Bring them HOMES, LISC is working to make sure every veteran has the home he or she needs. Read more:

Successful Development on Tap Speaks to Gentrification in Indy

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Development on Tap. The event, Gentrification in Indy with national housing expert Alan Mallach’s findings on changes in neighborhood incomes and housing values in Indianapolis, was well-attended and appreciated. “Indianapolis is a great city, with strong institutions, valuable assets, and healthy job and population growth. While some parts of Indianapolis are seeing rising incomes, house values and similar indicators, however, the data shows that substantially more parts of the city are seeing decline in these same indicators than are seeing growth. The city has been losing ground in important respects, experiencing weak … Continued

Great Places 2020 Round 2 Finalists Announced

Congrats to Great Places 2020 neighborhood finalists: 25th/MLK Division/Oliver Shelby/Southern English/Parker A final decision will be made later this month – stay tuned for more information!

“Project American Made”

Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) and the US Small Business Administration recently signed a two-year agreement to program veteran training for “Project American Made” The Howl & Hide Supply Co. production line includes hand-made leather pieces such as wallets, handbags, satchels, carrying cases and other light weight office and personal use items. The veteran gains the skill and a portion of the proceeds from the profits of each sale from a piece he/she created.  


LISC’s FOCUS Works is an effort designed to support the redevelopment of targeted urban industrial districts through façade improvement grants, targeted small business loans, technical assistance, staffing and more. That sounds great, but how does it work? This Indianapolis Business Journal article, McNamara Florist hopes $2.5M bet on HQ will help Mass Ave industrial corridor flower, explains how companies are investing in the nearly 500-acre area known as the Mass Ave/Brookside Industrial Corridor. Last year LISC supported McNamara through a $20,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  

Near Eastside Welcomes McNamara

Thank you to Joe Hogsett for coming to today’s Grand Opening of McNamara Florist on the Near Eastside in the Mass Ave/Brookside Corridor. A great investment for the area! — at McNamara Florist.

LISC National’s Maurice Jones Visits Indy

Last month Maurice Jones took helm as Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)‘s fourth president & CEO. Just last week he made his first visit to Indianapolis. Thanks for letting us show you all of the exciting things happening in the Circle City!

Indy Chamber Monumental Awards

The Indy Chamber Monumental Awards took place last Thursday. LISC was the proud nominating sponsor for the following categories. Congratulations to the winners! 1) Neighborhood Revitalization: Revitalization of Speedway, Indiana‘s Main Street 2) Innovative Reuse Category: The Pin, Deylen Realty, Inc. The Pin redevelopment was credit enhanced using money from State Farm

Webinar: Report on Evaluation of LISC’s FOCs

LISC invites you to join us for an overview of the key findings of a two-year study of LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs). The independent study by the Economic Mobility Corporation has found that clients of FOCs are more likely to be employed year-round, to reduce non-asset related debt and to build positive credit histories than comparison group participants. First Steps on the Road to Financial Well-Being: Final Report from the Evaluation of LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:00 pm  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr 30 mins Register

Successful Development on Tap focused on Transit

Thank you to all the guests that attended last Thursday’s Development on Tap: “Is Transit a Gamechanger for Indy Neighborhoods?” We appreciate the thoughtful discussion from our panelists: Scarlett Martin, Orion Bell, Gary Hobbs and Michael McKillip, moderated by Rachel McIntosh. Matt Impink, Indy Chamber, updated guests on the current transit situation including the latest polling data on the referendum. Please click here to download the presentation.  

State Farm Neighborhood Assist- Be the Catalyst for Positive Change in your Community

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? Maybe it’s a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community. Now, YOU have the power to fix it. State Farm Neighborhood Assist wants to help identify and address key issues faced by consumers throughout the United States. State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The application is short and simple, and can be found by visiting You, or someone you know, could be the catalyst for positive change to your … Continued

Great Places 2020: Request for Letters of Interest

LISC Indianapolis is asking Indianapolis neighborhood partners to submit a letter of interest for consideration by Sept. 30. The program is designed with a focus on effective placemaking and a vision for neighborhoods. Criteria for place selection is outlined on the Great Places 2020 website and includes the presence of a Quality of Life Plan, existing market activity, willing anchor institutions, nearby waterways or greenspaces, walkability and more. Once selected, each new Great Place will receive several months of planning assistance to create a detailed redevelopment plan for their target area. Please click here to download the Request for Letters … Continued