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RUCKUS Makerspace Celebrates One Year

Congratulations to RUCKUS Makerspace on celebrating their 1 year anniversary last night. It’s exciting to see how entrepreneurs like Calavera Tool Works have grown, created new products and created jobs since joining Ruckus with the support of Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC)and Southeast Community Services  

Nov. 17 Development on Tap focused on partnering for neighborhood workforce development

On Nov. 17, more than 75 attendees heard from Angie Carr-Klitzsch (CEO of EmployIndy), Tedd Grain (Deputy Director of LISC Indianapolis) and Michelle Beer (Director of Financial Stability at United Way of Central Indiana) at Development on Tap. The discussion focused on EmployIndy’s new strategic plan and partnership for neighborhood workforce development. Employers throughout Greater Indianapolis are experiencing growth, and, with growth, comes the promise of more jobs. Yet, many of these jobs require skills that some residents in our urban neighborhoods do not possess. EmployIndy, LISC Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana seek to bridge this skills gap to connect … Continued

USA Today: Suzanne Anarde of Rural LISC

Take the chance to read this opinion piece by Suzanne Anarde of Rural LISC about the value of manufactured housing. USA TODAY “The holidays are a time when many of us reflect on the meaning of home. But the fact is that not all homes are created, or valued, equally. Take the manufactured home, otherwise known as a mobile or trailer home. There is no American dwelling more disrespected. They’re derided as “tornado magnets,” and they serve as the butt of plenty of jokes and derogatory terms about low-income, rural people. For me, this gets personal. I grew up in manufactured housing, … Continued

The Big Value of Small Business

Investing in small businesses is key to fueling local economies and creating opportunity. LISC supports emerging entrepreneurs other lenders may deem too risky and, in the process, helps open doors for economic development, wealth building, social connection and creativity in communities across the country. In celebration of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25), we’re taking a look at the big impact these investments make. Learn more here: http://www.lisc.org/our-stories/story/big-value-small-business

FOCUS Small Business Property Improvement Program: Design Assistance Application

Design Assistance Funds: FOCUS is currently soliciting proposals from design or architecture professionals to provide design assistance to building-owners undertaking improvements partially-funded through the Façade Improvement Program. Please submit electronically to cmorales@lisc.org by Dec. 1 at 5:30 pm. Final selection and notification of the applicants will take place by the end of December. LISC will enter into a contract with the Design Consultant from February 1, 2018 through December 31st , 2018. Please click here to download the application. Click here for additional information about the program.

Neighbor Power Indy needs you!

Neighbor Power Indy is a gathering of neighborhoods to promote positive change, foster connections and create momentum that brings together active and engaged residents and community leaders on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Marian University. We are seeking neighbors like you to share your accomplishments during discussions and workshops on the neighborhood issues we all face. We need your help to inspire and empower others with your stories. Together, we can make a difference. Please complete the following application. Proposals are due Friday, November 17, 2017.

Update on 2017 CDBG funded façade grant dollars

To date, there is currently $35,000 available in CDBG funded façade grant money still available in the 2017 pool. CDBG funded façade grant projects must be in the City’s NRSA area. There is a possibility that the entire balance could go to a single project or to two separate projects. While a variety of projects may be eligible, projects that already have CDBG funds as a funding source may be good candidates. The application is attached. Funded projects must be completed by May of 2018. There are currently no private funds left for 2017.   Please be on the lookout … Continued

The Many Sides of Fountain Square

When LISC invested to renovate three anchor entertainment venues in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis, a renaissance was set in motion. The area has made a dramatic turnaround from market failure to stability to destination zone, inviting new businesses, housing stock, and people, too. Click here to read read the full report.     

Nov. 17 Development on Tap to Focus on Neighborhood-Based Workforce Development

WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT? CONNECTING NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY Join EmployIndy and LISC Indianapolis as we discuss a new strategic plan and partnership for neighborhood workforce development. Employers throughout Greater Indianapolis are experiencing growth, and, with growth, comes the promise of more jobs. Yet, many of these jobs require skills that some residents in our urban neighborhoods do not possess. EmployIndy and LISC Indianapolis seek to bridge this skills gap to connect work-ready individuals to in-demand positions for employers. On Nov. 17, hear Angie Carr-Klitzsch, CEO of EmployIndy, and Tedd Grain, Deputy Director of LISC Indianapolis, discuss … Continued

John H. Boner Community Center is hiring a Community Builder

John H. Boner Community Center is hiring a Community Builder.  The Community Builder is responsible for the implementation of objectives contained in the Near Eastside Quality of Life plan.  This includes maintaining and updating the plan, convening quarterly neighborhood summits, convening topical summits as needed and maintaining the QOL plan website and social media.  This position is also responsible for intentional and purposeful collaboration between agencies in the Near Eastside neighborhoods who take part in the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan.  This includes neighborhood residents, groups, and other community organizations like Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School, Near East Area Renewal, … Continued

LISC Indianapolis tracks recent progress in Education initiatives

LISC Indianapolis’s 2015 – 2018 Strategic Plan focuses on the following outcomes: Livability: Creating healthy, active and beautiful places Opportunity: Fostering entrepreneurship and employment Vitality: Reviving a growing and diverse population Education: Offering excellent lifelong learning opportunities. Here is a look at recent progress toward the Education goal of supporting the development of Quality of Life neighborhoods with improved educational opportunities. Maple Crossing Great Place: IPS School 43 in Maple Crossing Great Place shows significant improvement, with a new curriculum and new leadership in Principal Bakari Posey, with significant engagement with other community resources like the MLK Center. The Maple … Continued

Visual Goal-Setting Exercises to Improve Financial Coaching Relationships

Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight is testing two interventions designed to improve long-term retention of clients in a financial coaching relationship. The first is a visual goal-setting exercise that presents participants with 8 photographs. Participants are asked to pick the one that best represents what financial well-being means to them. The photographs are intended to facilitate a more emotional connection to the participant’s financial future, thus helping coaches to have important conversations around goal-setting. The second is a type of reminder in which participants write a postcard to themselves in the future. These postcards aim to capture the feelings that … Continued

LISC ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN ANCHOR REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

LISC ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN ANCHOR REVITALIZATION PROGRAM ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS ALREADY EXPERIENCING POSITIVE PROGRESS Yesterday, the Indy Chamber publicly announced the Anchor Revitalization Program, a sweeping strategy aimed at redevelopment, local hiring and business opportunities around Marion County’s major institutional employers in partnership with LISC, INHP, Ascend Indiana and Employ Indy.  The announcement comes after a half-day session with partners and participating anchor institutions to plan the next phases of the program, as momentum builds behind a push to encourage anchor employees to live closer to work, spurring neighborhood revitalization across the urban core. The session included a presentation by anchor … Continued

State Farm provides essential funding for facade program

The Small Business Façade and Property Improvement Program is one tool within FOCUS: Works, a collective impact partnership between implementing partners LISC Indianapolis, the Indy Chamber, the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development, and the City of Indianapolis – Government with key support from INHP, State Farm, PNC Bank and others. The program uses a comprehensive approach to community revitalization — helping residents transform distressed areas into places of choice and opportunity. The rebate program allows business and property owners to receive reimbursement for up to 50 percent of the cost of the façade or property improvement project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 for completed work. … Continued

Students Enjoy New Flanner House Playground

Students Enjoy New Flanner House Playground Take a peek at the construction of the new Flanner House Child Development Center playground. Thanks to United Way of Central Indiana , Bowen Engineering, & Citizens Energy Group, for being part of the evolution and improvements happening at Flanner House!