LISC Indianapolis’ Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018 aims to connect both the people and places of Indy to the opportunity in the region. Through collaboration with other community organizations and private sponsors, we focus on strategic priorities to improve quality of life for all the city’s residents. This goal requires commitment to achieving collective impact – we want to combine resources to reshape our urban places and foster neighborhoods full of growing businesses and healthy prosperous residents.
In the last 50 years, the population of the Center Township of Indianapolis has declined by 52%. The poverty rate in our core neighborhoods has grown from 12% to 21%. No longer are we the manufacturing hub of the 1960s. Today, sectors like logistics, health care, and biotechnology offer the most opportunity for the urban Hoosier workforce, but inadequate education has left many behind. Indy residents are ready to be connected to those opportunities, and our neighborhoods are ready to be a home to their businesses. Our Strategic Plan through 2018 demonstrates how we intend to jump-start Indy’s potential as a community and a destination.
We seek to achieve our goals in our targeted neighborhoods by focusing on four essential elements of a healthy community:
- Great Places 2020 which seeks to transform Marion County neighborhood centers into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community.
- FOCUS: Works, Fostering Commercial Urban Strategies, is designed to attract investment and job creation and bolster economic opportunity in our older commercial and industrial districts.
- The Center for Working Families network is composed of 11 neighborhood-based centers that transition families from living paycheck to paycheck to investing in their future