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Great Places 2020: Twin Aire and King Commons Strategic Plans Announced

After months of research, neighborhood input and strategic planning, today Great Places 2020 partners unveiled the strategic plans for the two newest Great Places neighborhoods, Twin Aire (quarter-mile area surrounding the intersection of English and Southeastern avenues) and King Commons (quarter-mile area surrounding 25th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets). Great Places 2020 has structured initial funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. To date, more than $150 million has been pledged or invested for the five Great Places from more than 50 partners. King Commons Full Strategic Plan King Commons Abbreviated Strategic Plan   Twin … Continued

You’re Invited to the Great Places 2020: Twin Aire and King Commons Strategic Plan Unveiling

You’re Invited to the Great Places 2020: Twin Aire and King Commons Strategic Plan Unveiling WHAT: After months of research, neighborhood input and strategic planning, Great Places 2020 partners will unveil the plans for Twin Aire and King Commons. Please join us! WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. WHERE: Watkins Park Family Center, 2360 Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. St. WHO: Special guests: Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indianapolis neighborhoods – and you! RSVP:   Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project that transforms strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as it … Continued

IMC Hiring Program Manager, Application Deadline 3/15

The International Marketplace Coalition invites applications for a Program Manager who will work with neighborhood business leaders and concerned residents in the International Marketplace Area.  This person will manage, develop and organize events and programs for the IMC. Responsibilities – will include but not limited to: Advance the FOCUS initiative. This includes coordinating with planning teams and neighborhood leaders, and responsibilities related to overall outcomes tracking, grant management, and technical assistance deployment. Provide small business support. This includes connecting, convening and engaging International Marketplace stakeholders. Develop and strengthen the IMC. This includes grant writing, fundraising and event management. Grow and … Continued

North Mass Job Fair

North Mass Job Fair March 26, 11 am – 3 pm Martin University, 2186 N. Sherman Dr.  Are you looking for a job in your neighborhood or a better job? Employers located on the east side and across the city will be ready to talk with you about job openings. Do you need to meet with a career coach who can help you talk with employers, complete a job application, start job training, or explore career options? Career coaches from neighborhood centers will be on-site to guide you in all these ways. This Job Fair is hosted by Vice President City-County … Continued

Commercial/Industrial Improvement Program Grants Available

The City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development has released their 2018 Commercial/Industrial Improvement Program application with a deadline of March 2. This program can provide up to $100,000 is grant or loan money to support improvements to HVAC, plumbing, fire suppression, and other mechanical building system improvements to help activate or maintain commercial or industrial space for active small businesses. Click here for the application

Funding and Grant Writing Workshop

Check out this grant writing and fundraising workshop at RUCKUS Makerspace on Feb. 12. Representatives from the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis and City Consultants will be there to provide an overview of Funding and Grant Writing for start ups, small business owners, artists, makers, and entrepreneurs and will cover where to look for grants and resources to the help with the applications. Click here to RSVP

Indy on the Move

Transit-oriented development not only fulfills a community’s basic need for efficient, affordable mass transit, but done successfully, it also attracts businesses and jobs, maximizes existing infrastructure, and capitalizes on new investments to make neighborhoods more vibrant. Learn more about how LISC transit-oriented development connects people to place.  #IndyMoves Hosting Community Open Houses in February #IndyMoves is a coordinated effort of city departments and the Metropolitan Planning Organization with a plan aimed to improve mobility and access for residents, workers, and visitors, and to establish transportation priorities. Get the details! Better IndyGo Bus Service Begins Feb. 11 The IndyGO Transit Plan includes a … Continued

Love Thy Neighborhood Awards – April 26, 2018

The 2nd Annual Love Thy Neighborhood Awards will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Indiana War Memorial. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided by local entrepreneurs who have been impacted by LISC’s small business support. This will be followed by an awards ceremony recognizing community game changers in the Indy region. Click here to see the 2018 finalists! During the event, one project from each category below will be awarded $2,500! Plus, after watching a short video on each finalist, event attendees will vote on their favorite for the $5,000 People’s Choice Award. Tickets for … Continued

Twin Aire & MLK Commons Strategic Plan Unveiling

Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 4 – 6 pm at the Watkins Park Family Center.  We are looking forward to unveiling the Great Places 2020 Twin Aire and King Commons strategic plans and new branding identities. Representatives from Englewood Village, Maple Crossing and River West will also be in attendance to give updates on their strategic plan progress. RSVP here:

Instead of Reenacting the Past, This Indy Neighborhood Is ‘Pre-Enacting’ the Future

Across the country, LISC works with on-the-ground partners to help residents voice what they most want and need for their own neighborhoods. Last fall, the Harrison Center for the Arts created a pre-enactment event with the philosophy of neighborhood change and a focus on how today’s actions will contribute to an equitable future. An article in Next City explains.

Children’s Museum Hires Director of Community Initiatives

Dr. LaTasha Sturdivant will join the staff of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as the Director of Community Initiatives. LaTasha’s role supports the museum’s mission by providing leadership in the ongoing nurturance and development of the relationship between The Children’s Museum and its neighbors and community. Welcome, LaTasha!

Artists Selected for Red and Purple Line Creative Placemaking Initiatives

Artists Selected for Red and Purple Line Creative Placemaking Initiatives $50,000 grant secured from Transportation for America for community engagement projects along Red and Purple Bus Rapid Transit Lines Transit Drives Indy and the Arts Council of Indianapolis are pleased to announce that five artists have been selected to engage community members and each other on temporary projects for IndyGo’s new Red Line Rapid Transit project. Additionally, one artist was selected to join the IndyGo team as an Artist in Residence during the planning phase of the Purple Line Rapid Transit project. The initiative was made possible by a $50,000 grant secured … Continued

2018 Love Thy Neighborhood Awards: Tickets Now On Sale!

The 2nd Annual Love Thy Neighborhood Awards will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Indiana War Memorial. The event will start at 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided by local entrepreneurs who have been impacted by LISC’s small business support. This will be followed with attendees moving into the beautiful auditorium space for the awards ceremony. This annual event will be glamorous, yet rooted in the authentic cultures of area neighborhoods. Tickets for this event are only $25 per person. Corporate packages are available. Cocktail attire is suggested. The event is presented by LISC Indianapolis and MIBOR REALTOR Association. During the event, one … Continued

Flanner House Grant to Improve Healthy Food Options

Last week Flanner House received a $400,000 Health Food Access Grant to support the development of Cleo’s Bodega, a micro-grocery store focused on increasing distribution and consumption of affordable, healthy and organic food in the North West Area neighborhood. The bodega will be housed in the Flanner House Administration Building and will offer fresh meats, vegetables, and packaged foods to the local community and surrounding area of approximately 5,200 households. The project will create eight full-time positions to be filled by residents in the neighborhood through the Flanner House Center for Working Families Program. The bodega is estimated to open in the latter half … Continued

Façade grants, housing initiatives help near east neighborhood thrive

Façade grants, housing initiatives help near east neighborhood thrive Just east of downtown Indianapolis, just north of the railroad tracks, is an area centered at the intersection of East Washington and Oxford Streets known as Englewood Village, part of the Great Places 2020 initiative. Development in this area is increasing the momentum of Englewood’s growing sense of community and inspiration as it is becoming an established place of sustainability and innovation. There are numerous strategies underway to accomplish this including providing funding to small, local businesses through façade grants, in addition to increasing affordable homeownership opportunities in these neighborhoods. The Small … Continued