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Lilly Endowment Gives $100M to Local Human Service Agencies

As part of its support for efforts that improve the quality of life in Indianapolis and in Indiana, Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced $100 million in grants to 15 human service organizations to help them enhance their long-term impact by building stronger financial futures. “These 15 community anchors not only serve the needs of individuals and families by helping them overcome poverty and achieve self-sufficiency, but are also important partners in creating and implementing the goals contained in neighborhood quality of life plans,” said Bill Taft, Executive Director of LISC Indianapolis. Many of the partners that will benefit from these … Continued

Supporting Transit: Next Steps

In November, Marion County voters approved the transit referendum by almost 60%.  What is the next step? Contact your City County Council member to let them know you support transit, and attend upcoming Council meetings. Find your councilor’s information to contact them personally, or let Transit Drives Indy  send a letter to your councilor on your behalf. Here are the important Council dates: January 9 / 6:30PM – Full Council Meeting / Council Chambers January 11 / 5:30PM – Municipal Corporations / RM 260 January 19 / 5:30PM – Public Works Committee / RM 260 January 24 / 5:30PM – Rules … Continued

Think & Drink: Indy Neighborhoods

There’s more to drinking beer at Sun King Brewery on Monday nights. IndyHub and Great Places 2020 are taking over the tasting room with trivia about Indy neighborhoods! Grab your friends and form a team for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Date and Time Mon, January 9, 2017 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST Location Sun King Brewing 135 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Register here!

Two New Great Places Added

Great Places 2020 partners have selected two additional places to support four years of implementation. Twin Aire (intersection of English/Parker) 25th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street Both will receive planning assistance to create a detailed redevelopment plan and funding for early implementation efforts in their target area. Click here to read the full press release. 

LISC Indy Hiring Two Positions

Economic Development Program Officer The Economic Development Program Officer will be responsible for leading LISC’s efforts to drive reinvestment in targeted urban commercial & industrial districts through day-to-day management of the Fostering Commercial Urban Strategies (FOCUS) program, supported by the creation of an Anchor Institution procurement program linked to businesses in the FOCUS districts. Click here to read the full job description. Great Places 2020 Program Officer LISC Indianapolis invites applications for a Program Officer who will work with neighborhood groups to help achieve community transformation. The Program Officer will have a leadership role in implementing the Great Places 2020 … Continued

Executive Director Bill Taft named IBJ Michael A. Carroll Award recipient

Congratulations to Indy LISC Executive Director, our fearless leader, Bill Taft who recently was named the recipient of this year’s IBJ’s Michael A. Carroll Award for his decades of work in Indianapolis’ neighborhoods. Taft’s lifelong commitment to urban neighborhoods has earned him the distinction of being the 23rd recipient of IBJ’s Michael A. Carroll Award, given annually to a man or woman who has demonstrated the former deputy mayor’s qualities of determination, humility and service. Carroll was among six people killed when two small planes collided over southern Marion County on Sept. 11, 1992. “If we are going to thrive … Continued

End Veteran Homelessness

Today America pauses to honor Veterans. On Monday, we go back to work to End Veteran Homelessness. In honor of Veterans Day, we are sharing the story of Gerald Hurt, a formerly homeless veteran who recently moved into a new supportive housing community in Danville, Illinois. Together with the National Equity Fund and Bring them HOMES, LISC is working to make sure every veteran has the home he or she needs. Read more:

Successful Development on Tap Speaks to Gentrification in Indy

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Development on Tap. The event, Gentrification in Indy with national housing expert Alan Mallach’s findings on changes in neighborhood incomes and housing values in Indianapolis, was well-attended and appreciated. “Indianapolis is a great city, with strong institutions, valuable assets, and healthy job and population growth. While some parts of Indianapolis are seeing rising incomes, house values and similar indicators, however, the data shows that substantially more parts of the city are seeing decline in these same indicators than are seeing growth. The city has been losing ground in important respects, experiencing weak … Continued

“Project American Made”

Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) and the US Small Business Administration recently signed a two-year agreement to program veteran training for “Project American Made” The Howl & Hide Supply Co. production line includes hand-made leather pieces such as wallets, handbags, satchels, carrying cases and other light weight office and personal use items. The veteran gains the skill and a portion of the proceeds from the profits of each sale from a piece he/she created.  


LISC’s FOCUS Works is an effort designed to support the redevelopment of targeted urban industrial districts through façade improvement grants, targeted small business loans, technical assistance, staffing and more. That sounds great, but how does it work? This Indianapolis Business Journal article, McNamara Florist hopes $2.5M bet on HQ will help Mass Ave industrial corridor flower, explains how companies are investing in the nearly 500-acre area known as the Mass Ave/Brookside Industrial Corridor. Last year LISC supported McNamara through a $20,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  

Near Eastside Welcomes McNamara

Thank you to Joe Hogsett for coming to today’s Grand Opening of McNamara Florist on the Near Eastside in the Mass Ave/Brookside Corridor. A great investment for the area! — at McNamara Florist.

LISC National’s Maurice Jones Visits Indy

Last month Maurice Jones took helm as Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)‘s fourth president & CEO. Just last week he made his first visit to Indianapolis. Thanks for letting us show you all of the exciting things happening in the Circle City!

Indy Chamber Monumental Awards

The Indy Chamber Monumental Awards took place last Thursday. LISC was the proud nominating sponsor for the following categories. Congratulations to the winners! 1) Neighborhood Revitalization: Revitalization of Speedway, Indiana‘s Main Street 2) Innovative Reuse Category: The Pin, Deylen Realty, Inc. The Pin redevelopment was credit enhanced using money from State Farm

Successful Development on Tap focused on Transit

Thank you to all the guests that attended last Thursday’s Development on Tap: “Is Transit a Gamechanger for Indy Neighborhoods?” We appreciate the thoughtful discussion from our panelists: Scarlett Martin, Orion Bell, Gary Hobbs and Michael McKillip, moderated by Rachel McIntosh. Matt Impink, Indy Chamber, updated guests on the current transit situation including the latest polling data on the referendum. Please click here to download the presentation.