Indianapolis, Ind. – After months of research, neighborhood input and strategic planning, Great Places 2020 partners will unveil the plans for each of the Great Places neighborhoods on Tuesday, May 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. at James Whitcomb Riley School 43. A short program will start at 5 p.m. and will include the unveiling of each Great Places neighborhood’s new branding identity and strategic plan, remarks from Mayor Joe Hogsett, announcement of neighborhood crowdgranting projects and 3D visuals of the strategic plans. Event parking is available at School 43 and neighboring MLK Community Center.
In late 2014, three areas were identified as Indianapolis’ Great Places: East Washington and Oxford, 38th and Illinois and West Michigan and King. The Great Places 2020 initiative has provided each neighborhood with urban planning, real estate and marketing consultants to create plans designed to spur growth in each place.
What is Great Places 2020?
Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project created to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as it reaches its Bicentennial.
The goal of the initiative is to transform neighborhoods and spur urban revitalization to help combat many of Indianapolis’ current challenges– including population loss to neighboring counties, high unemployment and poverty rates in certain areas, low graduation rates and high levels of pollution and obesity. Building communities that are walkable, attractive and culturally diverse will help attract and retain residents of all ages and socioeconomic status, increasing the tax base and reversing many of the negative trends.
“Recent efforts—such as the Super Bowl Legacy initiative—have demonstrated that a coordinated and strategic focus on neighborhood revitalization can bring about fundamental change in a targeted area,” said Bill Taft, Executive Director of LISC Indianapolis. “Great Places 2020 focuses on breathing life back into these communities by increasing vibrant commercial and community activity.”
Great Places 2020 has structured funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. Investments in each Great Place will be organized into four outcomes: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, Education.
As a collective impact initiative, Great Places 2020 counts on the contributions of many for its success—from neighborhood stakeholders at each of the Great Places to citywide investment partners. The initial implementation partners are: The City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Indy Chamber, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana. LISC Indianapolis acts as the backbone organization for this collective impact initiative.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training, and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. In short, we help neighbors build communities.