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Great Places 2020 Crowdfunding Campaign: Indy Steelers

Great Places 2020 Crowdfunding Campaign: Indy Steelers Click here to learn more and donate We are the Indy Steelers, a youth football program for ages 7-14 based out of Tarkington Park at 39th & Illinois.  Every week our team keeps these youth off the streets, making friends, and learning skills like teamwork & strategy they can use in school and life.  Now is the time for you to help us take it to the next level. Beyond a love of the game, the teammates have faced a great deal of adversity over the past few seasons, but still managed to compete … Continued

Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Video

The Mass Ave Industrial Corridor is a legacy industrial district near Downtown Indianapolis that has been targeted for revitalization. There are many small manufacturers with a long history in the area but an influx of new artisan manufacturers and makers are starting to call this Industrial Corridor home. This short video created by Yardbox Films, shares a glimpse of people working, products being, and policy considerations that are all reshaping the area.

Great Places 2020 Plan Unveiling Moved to May 10

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Great Places 2020 Neighborhood Plans Unveiling has been moved: WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. Short program will begin at 5 p.m. WHERE: James Whitcomb Riley School 43, 150 W 40th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Please click here to RSVP for update your response:…

Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Film

You are invited to the Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Film screening event on April 13, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Circle City Industrial Complex, Farmers Market space – G10. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please join Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) for the viewing of the Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Film. This project, made possible with the support of Indianapolis LISC, showcases the diversity of companies operating and products being made in this industrial area. The film tells a story of small business growth, reinvestment, the maker movement, and the many people involved in the revitalization … Continued

Southside Quality of Life Plan begins

Southside Quality of Life Plan begins In 2015, LISC embarked on a new Quality of Life Planning process on the Southside for the area from Garfield Park south to I-465 in conjunction with the University of Indianapolis.  The Southside Quality of Life Plan seeks to identify strategies for improving the Southside of Indianapolis through community engagement and a plan for sustained and conscious development. In late February, a Visioning Summit was held with more than 200 residents in attendance to define a shared vision for their neighborhood’s future that included housing, safety, culture, parks, healthcare, childcare, education and economic development.

Pin Project brings more retail opportunities to Fletcher Place

Pin Project brings more retail opportunities to Fletcher Place Constructed in the 1940s as a 12-lane blowing alley, The Pin is an 11,000 sq. ft. art-deco building in the Fletcher Place neighborhood, located in the Southeast Side quality of life neighborhood. The Pin redevelopment was credit enhanced using money from State Farm Insurance. The target tenant market includes technology and energy companies, which is a growing sector in Indianapolis. Interested in more details? Email Aaron Laramore, LISC Senior Program Manager.


HISTORY OF CWF IN INDIANAPOLIS The first Center for Working Families in Indianapolis was sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation at George Washington High School in the Near West neighborhood (2004-2006),  with a focus on family financial literacy.  It was an outgrowth of the Foundation’s investment in “Community Schools” – public schools that function as hubs for neighborhood life, where families can participate in a variety of family-strengthening activities.  In 2007 the CWF moved to nearby Hawthorne Community Center, where financial literacy and coaching were bundled with employment services and income supports funded by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation … Continued

Indy Rezone and Its Impact on Urban Redevelopment

Thanks to all who attended this week’s FOstering Commercial Urban Strategies (FOCUS) Lunch and Learn hosted by “Indy Rezone and Its Impact on Urban Redevelopment” with Tammara Tracy from Department of Metropolitan Development and Jim Rawlinson City of Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement.

Where you live matters to your health

The 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation #HealthRankings were just released! Find out how healthy your Indiana county is and explore factors that drive your health Click here to explore. Find out what’s driving health differences across your state and what can be done to close those gaps. The Action Center provides tools to help groups working together to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.

Please SAVE THE DATE for the Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Film viewing party

April 13, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Circle City Industrial Complex. Snacks and beverages will be provided   Over last few months, Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) has worked with Asa Gauen with Yardbox Films to create a promotional video for the Mass Ave Industrial Corridor. This video, intended to be used by a variety of local stakeholders, highlights the people working and the products being made in this district. While the area still faces many challenges, this film aims to showcase the opportunity that local leaders saw in the area that is driving a focused revitalization … Continued

Indy Convergence makes Near West home

Indy Convergence, a non-profit Indianapolis arts organization dedicated to the growth of artists, has made its home at 2611 W. Michigan in the Near West neighborhood. Indy Convergence brings together a groups of professional artists from around the world to collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects, teach workshops and explore how to best interact with communities. Click here to learn more about this wonderful organization!

Oxford Place Senior Apartments

In Indianapolis, LISC’s housing efforts are focused on strengthening the market in neighborhoods where high vacancies and concentrated poverty have eaten away at the city’s vitality. To reboot these neighborhoods, LISC Indianapolis has launched “Great Places 2020,” an $84 million initiative to catalyze the construction of quality, mixed income housing and create amenities that attract and retain residents. The ultimate goal of Great Places is dynamic urban districts where housing, employment, recreation and educational opportunities are all within a five-minute walk, and connected by a range of transportation options. One of these Great Places is Englewood Village, perched along two … Continued

38th and Shine project wins $10,000 grant

Congratulations to Stefan Eicher who won the #LOVEat38th 5 x 5 contest for his project, 38th & Shine. Stefan received $10,000 to organize an event on May 7 to break the record for the most sparklers lit. The 5×5 event was a contest sponsored by LISC to foster community building and art-focused innovations in selected Great Places neighborhoods.

No Mean City launched in Near West

On Feb. 25, Indianapolis residents gathered at 1899 Indy in the Near West neighborhood to help launch No Mean City, a collaborative,  non-partisan effort to tell the real stories of life  in Indianapolis – a citizens’ guide to community, culture, schools, and housing  in Marion County. The project aims to entice people of all ages, from all over, to live in Indianapolis, building the tax base and ensuring the future economic health of the city. Learn more about No Mean City or follow the conversation on Twitter: @nomeancity

Near Eastside neighborhood gathered to discuss innovation in local school

On Jan. 30, 250 Near Eastside neighbors and local leaders gathered at an Education Summit at School 15 to brainstorm ideas on how they could better serve their students and community. The neighborhood has created a steering committee to work on school issues that includes members from the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Englewood Community Development Corporation, Near East Area Renewal, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Englewood Christian Church. Click here to read about this issue on Chalkbeat Indiana.