Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project 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.

Great Places Neighborhood Updates
Thank you for your continued interest in the
Great Places 2020 initiative. We are excited about the progress that is being made and look forward to implementing next steps.
  • Great Places 2020 neighborhood plans are being finalized. There will be a public unveiling in Q1 2016.
  • The LISC Small Business Facade Program matches grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. Reimbursement for up to 50% of the cost of the project is available with special priority given to Great Places areas.  For more information or to download the grant application, please click here.
Submissions due Jan. 31 for Near Eastside Creative Placemaking Projects

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering to support creative placemaking projects within the Near Eastside Great Places 2020 area. We are soliciting proposals from a broad range of creative practices (art installations, craft-based projects, music, performances, culinary achievements, special events, etc.) that contribute to the cultural identity of the Near Eastside Great Place. Successful projects will connect people together with the distinct place, history, stories or culture of the Near Eastside Great Place. Click here for application information. 
Sustainable Local Food Indiana - growing

Progress continues at Sustainable Local Food Indiana. The first growing unit is now producing basil and lettuce ( watch time-lapse video here ) and is being sold to Pogue's Run Grocer's Deli and Wildwood Market. Renovation work on the building is ongoing and more growing units will be added in the coming months. Also, Hoosier Popcorn was announced as a new building tenant.
#LOVEat38th 5 x 5 Finalists

This 5x5 event is a contest sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to foster community building and art-focused innovations in selected Great Places neighborhoods. For this 5x5, five finalists will be given 5 minutes and 5 slides to present an idea using the arts to benefit the 38th and Illinois Street neighborhood. The competition will take place at the Harrison Center for the Arts on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. One winning project will receive $10,000 to make it happen. The winning project must be complete by June 15, 2016. Click here for more information, including a list of finalists.
38th Street Business Task Force

Midtown Indianapolis hosted the first 38 th Street Business Task Force meeting for area business owners last week. More than a dozen business owners were in attendance. Partners like IMPD, Department of Public Safety, City Prosecutor's Office, Indy Chamber, EmployIndy and Mapleton-Fall Creek CDC provided updates on current initiatives and services available. Local businesses are encouraged to join the monthly meetings to create dialogue and collaboration. For more information, please contact Michael McKillip at or 317-340-3014.
New Art Installation at Holmes and King
Artistic and cultural activities strengthen a community, particularly when they reveal and celebrate its character and identity. Creative Placemaking provides a vital spark that brings a neighborhood to life and transforms it into a place where things happen and people want to be.

This new art installation was created in partnership with LISC and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The design was done by Wil D. Marquez of w/Purpose design. Fabrication was done by Cutting Edge Craftsmen LLC based out of the Brookside Industrial Complex. Planting, clean ups and hardscaping was done by volunteers over a series of work days led by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  
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