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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 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!

Wonderland Film Festival Sept. 30

Wonderland Film Festival Sept. 30 Englewood Neighborhood Film Festival returns for its second year as Wonderland Film Festival! Join us on Sept. 30 in celebrating films made by Near Eastside neighbors and beyond! Just like last year, the festival will showcase films created by filmmakers of all skill levels. Storytelling through film is a powerful tool that can be used to evoke empathy. Through the films made by neighbors, we can learn more about the people who live nearby us and celebrate their stories. Learn more!

Cat Head Press, Level Up

Cat Head Press, Level Up Come celebrate the one year anniversary of Cat Head Press on Sat., Sept. 9 from  2 – 10 p.m. where they will host the inaugural Underground Indy Art Market with artists selling print-based works and zines. Enjoy food from Love Handle and Tongue N’ Cheek, cider from Ash & Elm, live t-shirt printing, live music and a new show by DeathBot in the Middle Space Gallery. Learn more!

Take a Self-Guided, Musical Maple Crossing Tour

Take a Self-Guided, Musical Maple Crossing Tour Want a self-guided hip hoperetta tour of Maple Crossing? Check out song locations on this map, scan the QR codes posted at each location and enjoy! Or, you can can call the Harrison Center for the Arts at (317) 396-3886 to set up a tour. The hip-hoperetta is one piece of Harrison Center’s ongoing creative placemaking efforts in the neighborhoods taking part in the Great Places 2020 Maple Crossing initiative.

Join the Kauffman Business Owner Education Series

Join the Kauffman Business Owner Education Series SOURCE River West is offering a 9 week course with a proven framework to help support aspiring entrepreneurs start businesses and begin their journeys to success. Our program is based upon the Kauffman FastTrac® program which gives entrepreneurs the foundation and network needed to succeed. Classes meet 1 night a week. To register please call 317-737-2155.

New life at the old Central State Hospital site

New life at the old Central State Hospital site Indy Star Columnist Matthew Tully looks at the increasing state of redevelopment at the site of the old Central State Hospital on the Near Westside. “For years, a drive along West Washington took you past the empty and decaying grounds of the former hospital, a symbol of the area’s hard times. There is a still a long way to go. But these days, that same drive offers something else: Signs of hope.”    Read the full story here.

Draft of Twin Aire Great Places Plan

Draft of Twin Aire Great Places Plan On August 14th, the Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition met and shared a presentation on the latest draft of the plans for the area. The Twin Aire neighbors are busy working on the goals, objectives and action items for the Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education committees.  Several committee meetings have been and will continue to happen as the planning deadline approaches.