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Under the Sun Accepting EBT Cards

Under the Sun is now accepting EBT cards! Stop by one of our two convenient Indianapolis locations to see why Under the Sun is your perfect weekly first-stop shop for grocery and household needs!

The Voices of a Neighborhood: A History Exhibit, Uncut Starts Oct. 4

Don’t miss this exciting event highlighting both famous and forgotten stories from the heart of Indy’s Midtown geography. All ages invited and encouraged to view and take part in this past and present free history exhibit. Food and drink vendor options available nearby. Proudly brought to you by grants from our sponsors, the Indianapolis Foundation and INHP. Learn more here!

Free Movie in Tarkington Park – Sept. 21

Join Indy Parks, Newfields, and Midtown Indy under the stars at Tarkington Park  on Friday, Sept. 21 for a FREE screening of Black Panther (rated PG-13). Festivities start at 6:30 pm and the film will begin shortly after sunset. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Click here for more information!

Parker Place on Track for April 2019 Opening

Construction has begun on Parker Place, Phase II of Oxford Place Senior Apartments, with a projected opening date of April 2019. Parker Place will feature 39 units of affordable senior housing.

Free Fair Housing Rental Basics Seminar

In partnership with the City of Indianapolis, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana  is hosting a Fair Housing Rental Basics Training on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 2 – 4 pm at the John Boner Neighborhood Center. Topics will include an overview of fair housing laws with a rental focus, major fair housing regulations and guidance, advertising requirements, and disability specific regulations. Attendance is free, however, registration is required. 

We Need Your Feedback!

Anyone who participates in activities or lives on the Near Eastside is invited to take a confidential survey. By completing the following survey, you are consenting to allow the IndyEast Promise Zone and the Near Eastside Quality of Life team to use your answers to inform neighborhood plan updates and use the aggregated data. You will have the opportunity to enter to win a gift card after completing the survey! Survey in English  Survey in Spanish

Englewood Hosting Climate Leadership Summit

The third Climate Leadership Summit is being held at Englewood Christian Church on Thursday, September 13th. More than 150 guests including mayors from across the state of Indiana, other government officials, and parties involved in educating others about climate change will be in attendance. The event will include tours of the Englewood Neighborhood and showcase Englewood’s efforts to enact more sustainable measures in the neighborhood in partnership with other Indianapolis organizations. This summit is coordinated by Earth Charter Indiana in partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the City of Indianapolis, LISC Indianapolis, Eskenazi Health, and others. Learn more here.

Five Resilience Ambassadors Hired in Great Places Neighborhoods

The five Great Places Resilience Ambassadors have been hired and will focus on community engagement and leadership from August 2018 – May 2019. The Resilience Ambassadors are responsible for developing creative ways to engage neighborhood stakeholders in conversations around resilience in their respective Great Place. In addition, the Resilience Ambassador will help neighborhood stakeholders identify a resilience demonstration project to implement in 2019.  Click here to meet all five Resilience Ambassadors! More information on Thrive Indianapolis can be found here.

Great Places Hosts Successful Leadership Huddle

The Great Places 2020 Steering  Implementation Partners hosted a Leadership Huddle on Aug. 10 at at Tarkington Park Cafe. Stakeholders were updated on the Great Places strategic work plan and had the opportunity to take walking tours of Maple Crossing and support local food businesses to help celebrate our collective accomplishments.

Great Places 2020 Launches New Website

Great Places 2020 has published a new website featuring easy-to-find updates, strategic planning documents and more. Check it out!

Great Places Awarded $146K for Resilience Planning

In partnership with the City of Indianapolis-Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Great Places neighborhoods, Indianapolis LISC has deployed early action grants and resilience ambassadors designed to help support the  comprehensive, equitable, and socially just sustainability, climate action, and resilience plan for Indianapolis, with early actions intentionally building off existing neighborhood efforts. The five Great Places Resilience Ambassadors have been hired and will focus on community engagement and leadership from August 2018 – May 2019. The Resilience Ambassador is responsible for developing creative ways to engage neighborhood stakeholders in conversations around resilience in their respective Great Place. In addition, the Resilience … Continued

It’s Time to Re-evaluate the Value of Skills Training

As students of all ages head back to school this season, Thomas Alan Orr, a senior program officer in charge of workforce development programs for LISC Indianapolis, delves into the outdated ways we gauge the value of higher education. At a time when millions of people are in need of living-wage jobs, while millions of middle-skills jobs sit vacant, apprenticeships and other alternative pathways to satisfying careers make more sense than ever. Click here to learn more: http://www.lisc.org/our-stories/story/its-time-re-evaluate-value-skills-training

Tedd Grain Named LISC Indianapolis Executive Director

INDIANAPOLIS, August 22, 2018 –A community investment group that has driven more than $260 million into Indianapolis neighborhoods has named a new executive director to lead its expanding economic development agenda and drive new capital into housing, businesses and jobs across the city. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced today that Tedd Grain will serve as executive director of LISC Indianapolis—one of 32 LISC urban program offices and a national leader in place-based strategies to create economic opportunity. Grain has spent almost a decade at LISC, first as a program officer and then as deputy director, working on such … Continued

How to Build the Talent of American Workers

Citi Foundation Makes Historic $10M Grant to Build the Talent of American Workers One of the most powerful ways to spur economic opportunity is to bridge the skills gap facing millions of people across the country. That’s why Citi Foundation is making the single largest private investment in our Bridges to Career Opportunities program to equip unemployed and underemployed individuals with industry-specific skills for living wage jobs and careers. Two U.S. senators have praised this effort to support workers, which dovetails with the Opportunity Zone legislation. Click here to learn more!

Citi Foundation Makes Historic $10M Grant to Build the Talent of American Workers

One of the most powerful ways to spur economic opportunity is to bridge the skills gap facing millions of people across the country. That’s why Citi Foundation is making the single largest private investment in LISC’s “Bridges to Career Opportunities” program to equip unemployed and underemployed individuals with industry-specific skills for living wage jobs and careers. Two U.S. Senators praise the effort to support workers, which dovetails with the Opportunity Zone legislation Learn more.