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LISC Indianapolis: Program Officer for Workforce Development

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks a Program Officer for Workforce Development in the Indianapolis office. Printable Version: Program Officer – Workforce Development About LISC LISC is a national non-profit intermediary that provides financial and technical assistance to community-based organizations and public entities focused on the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods and rural communities.  The organization works throughout the nation to assist its various partners in the development of affordable multi-family and senior housing, homeownership opportunities, commercial enterprises, community facilities and various community-building programs. Founded in 1979 by the Ford Foundation, LISC has grown to become the nation’s premier national non-profit … Continued

Great Places 2020 Partner Focus: Indy Chamber

The Indy Chamber represents nearly 2,000 companies across the Indianapolis metropolitan region; the group recognizes that great places to live are also great places to invest and grow.  The Chamber leads a variety of efforts to expand economic opportunity for the residents of the Great Places 2020 neighborhoods. The Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services team provides free, one-on-one business coaching to new and growing employers across the city.  In the River West neighborhood, a dedicated Chamber business coach provides expert advice, access to microlending and other services to local entrepreneurs who see the potential in this up-and-coming area across the White … Continued

IMPD Chief Urges Congress to support crime fighting partnerships

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach traveled to DC on April 22nd with Indianapolis LISC program officer Aaron Laramore to participate in a joint Department of Justice/LISC Building Partnerships for Crime Reduction Symposium. The symposium was a dialogue with police chiefs, prosecutors, residents and federal officials about successful strategies to put our most distressed communities on a path to safety and economic opportunity and in particular highlighted the importance of the Bryne Criminal Justice Innovation program, championed by Sen. Donnelly.  Chief Roach met with Sen. Donnelly and also the staff of Sen. Todd Young (R, IN). The event brought together law enforcement … Continued

Twin Accounts: Building Credit While Saving

Two big challenges facing many low-wealth families are poor credit scores and the lack of savings to address emergencies or other longer-term goals. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Financial Health Federal Credit Union in Indianapolis have teamed up to do something about that. Working closely with financial coaches in the Centers for Working Families network, the partners launched Twin Accounts.™ Borrowers must be in an active coaching relationship, with a clear set of financial goals, and have the ability to pay $25.00 per month. The borrower takes a loan for $300 which is immediately deposited into a “locked” savings account. The … Continued

A Game-Changer for Community Development: LISC Offers $100M in Bonds

In a first-ever move of its kind, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is issuing $100 million in general obligation bonds to help accelerate its work around economic opportunity and drive investment capital into distressed urban and rural communities across the country. Standard & Poor’s assigned a ‘AA’ rating to the bond issue, which includes term bonds of 10 and 20 years. The rating mirrors S&P’s issuer credit rating, assigned to LISC in September 2016, which highlighted the organization’s diverse and growing asset base, minimal loss exposure, and strong history of loan performance. “Impact investors are looking for proven ways … Continued

Save the Date: June 3, Indy Food Council Food Summit

June 3, 10am-3pm Riverside Park, 2420 E. Riverside Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208 Sponsored by the City of Indianapolis, Indy Food Council, and Purdue Extension Marion County Some people, especially those in low-income neighborhoods, may face greater barriers in accessing healthy and affordable food, which may negatively affect diet, health, and food security. By some measures, Indianapolis has ranked the worst in the nation for access to healthy and affordable food. The Food Summit will be an opportunity for Indianapolis to come together and develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing food access and security. The Food Summit’s Morning Session will include … Continued

CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS ANNOUNCES GREAT PLACES INVISION RESILIENCE FELLOWSHIPS

CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS ANNOUNCES GREAT PLACES INVISION RESILIENCE FELLOWSHIPS The fellowships are the result of a partnership between the Office of Sustainability, LISC, the McKinney Family Foundation and the Marion County Public Health Department INDIANAPOLIS – The Office of Sustainability announced today the creation of two Great Places INvision Resilience Fellowships. These fellowships were created as an outcome of “INvision Resiliency,” Indianapolis’ first-ever Climathon event. Similar to a ‘civic hack,’ Climathons are 24-hour problem-solving workshops intended to connect the climate challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. This year, Climathons … Continued

2017 Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Grants

The 2017 Small Business Facade and Property Improvement 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 … Continued

Last day to apply for Love Thy Neighborhood Awards

Deadline for the Love Thy Neighborhood Award Submission is midnight tonight! The Awards celebrate the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play, and stay. Learn more: http://loveawards.liscindianapolis.org/

SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center Hires Director

IUPUI is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Roger as the first Director for the SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center.  Mark was chosen after a four-month search by a committee that included members from the Near Westside, LISC, and IUPUI staff and faculty, and will begin his work as director on February 20, 2017. “Mark is the ideal candidate for this position.  He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has a track record of encouraging others to successfully pursue their business-start up dreams. Mark is extremely well connected in the entrepreneurship community and can point to a portfolio of successful … Continued

LISC National CEO Discusses 2016’s Record Investments and Impact

LISC National CEO Discusses 2016’s Record Investments and Impact After reflecting on 2016, Maurice Jones, LISC CEO, lays out the year’s record investments and impact in the hundreds of neighborhoods where LISC works. And in this season of football playoffs and New Year’s resolutions, he reaffirms LISC’s ongoing commitment to bringing its A-game to revitalizing communities. Read the full message

Neighborhood Food Champions Program to Launch Saturday

Neighborhood Food Champions Program to Launch Saturday The Neighborhood Food Champions Program started last Saturday with a 12-week training for 10 people who were selected in December to learn about topics ranging from advocacy, food systems, community organizing, community garden planning, grant writing, and more! The program includes weekly two- hour workshops, a field trip to another city, and a small monetary award upon completion of the program to develop and implement a sustainable food project in their neighborhood.

International Marketplace Welcomes New Restaurants

International Marketplace Welcomes New Restaurants International Marketplace, a 12-block corridor near Lafayette Square, will use $750,000 from a district tax credit to help spur growth in the area. The International Marketplace is expecting four new restaurants to open in the first quarter of 2017. This growth is part of a three-year, $2.8 million development agreement between LISC Indianapolis and the City’s Department of Metropolitan Development that focuses on providing real estate expertise, finance and development, as well as the capacity building of the International Marketplace Coalition as a Community Development Corporation.

The Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Development

LISC welcomes Emily Scott as LISC’s newest Program Officer. Emily is tasked with developing and managing an Anchor Institution Procurement Program to facilitate connections between those making purchasing decisions in the large institutions to local companies making the products they need. The intent is to provide a facilitator relationships within the neighborhoods and identify new challenges and opportunities to grow revenue to neighborhood businesses as procurement demand evolves. What are anchor institutions, anyway? Anchor institutions act as essential partners within neighborhoods that provide and purchase goods and services, employ area workers and spur land use and infrastructure needs. They are … Continued

‘Bridges to Career Opportunities’ Provides Education, Job Skills

‘Bridges to Career Opportunities’ Provides Education, Job Skills In 2017, LISC will fund four Centers participating in “Bridges to Career Opportunities” – an initiative combining adult basic education with job skills training for low-wage workers.  This is the second year of funding for the program. Grants totaling $570,000 will support training services for 262 people in fields ranging from health and hospitality to logistics and manufacturing. How can I get involved? The Centers welcome volunteers from these sectors to speak with trainees about job opportunities and career pathways.