LISC Indianapolis 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. 
2015 a momentous year for LISC
In 2015 LISC Indianapolis invested more than $15 million into Indianapolis neighborhoods in grants, loans, and equity. This supported 30 different non-profits, assisted 2,905 families and 102 businesses, built 91 homes, and improved 437,000 square feet of commercial space. We also support programs that enabled 528 family members to obtain jobs, over 500 families to increase their income, and the creation of 83 new neighborhood jobs.

Please click here to read the 2015 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report, or click the image to the right. 
Thank you to Barrett & Stokely for their significant contribution to LISC's mission in 2015.

Center for Working Families
Chasing the Dream: A Center for Working Families Success Story
Michael, a married father of three sons and a lifelong resident of the southeast side of Indianapolis, wanted to make a better life for his family. With the help of Blue River Career Programs and Center for Working Families, Michael earned his high school equivalency and completed Southeast's intensive three-week Career Pathways Program, then moved on to complete his CDL training and certification through WorkOne. Michael is currently employed by Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc.  The family has clear goals for savings, home ownership and support for their children's education. Their future is bright! Click here to listen to the story on WFYI .
Aug. 25 Development on Tap:
What's Ahead for Neighborhood Workforce Development?
Please join us for a look back at the transformative work of Centers for Working Families and how they are evolving into neighborhood-based workforce training centers. A discussion moderated by Matt Tully of the Indianapolis Star with a panel of experts including Dean Johns (Boner Neighborhood Center), Terri Garcia (Southeast Community Services), Christie Gillespie (United Way of Central Indiana), Beth Casselman (The Clowes Fund) and Liz Tate (Central Indiana Community Foundation).

Where: The Platform - 202 East Market Street
Fostering Commercial Urban Strategies (FOCUS)
Indy Chamber Monumental Awards deadline is July 29!
The Indy Chamber is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Monumental Awards through July 29. Monumental Awards is an annual evening of recognition for individuals and businesses that contribute to excellence in landscape architecture, interior design, neighborhood revitalization, architecture, engineering, construction, real estate development, innovation reuse and public art throughout the Indianapolis region. To view full entry guidelines, judging criteria and category requirements, and to submit a project, please visit indychamber.com/monumentalawards .
International Marketplace Coalition continues to grow
As a new FOCUS commercial district, the International Marketplace has received significant technical assistance both directly and indirectly. Please click here to read the IMC Market Analysis and Strategy Plan . In 2016, contracts have been awarded for design assistance, real estate development, fa├žade improvements and more. Please click here for more information.
Mass Ave Pop-up Retail Opportunity
Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) is offering a Pop-Up Retail opportunity in the Trail Side building at 875 Massachusetts Avenue. Priority will be given to first time Pop-Up Retailers, Retailers that are expanding employee count and operating hours, and Retailers that are unique or new concepts. Please submit your proposal to Laura Walters, walters@rileyarea.org by Aug. 15.
With State Farm's essential support in the first six months of 2016, Indianapolis LISC focused on the revival of legacy industrial sites capable of attracting significant employers and creating jobs for Indianapolis residents. Also, we focused on deepening our ongoing commercial corridor work in four strategic places, including International Marketplace.
Quality-of-Life Neighborhoods
Southside Planning Underway
Since February 2016, Southsiders from Garfield Park, University Heights, Carson Heights, South Village, Meridian-Raymond, and St. Roch neighborhoods have been meeting monthly to write the Southside Quality of Life Plan. The community anticipates a written plan to be completed and reviewed by institutional partners in late September. An Unveiling Celebration will follow in late September or early October where the community will reveal the written Quality of Life Plan and celebrate the beginning of a bright future for the Southside. Click here for more information or to find out how to get involved.
Indy Food Council
Food First Highlights Indy's Local Food Scene
"Food First" is Indy's first full-length feature documentary about the city's growing local foods movement. The documentary was screened at the   Indy's Food Council's Annual Celebration and Food Awards that took place on June 17. Following the screening, a gathering of more than 140 people joined in a community conversation about local food as economic and community development and the different facets of the food movement and how they work together.

Thank you to IU Health's contribution to LISC's mission and their critical support of our work to address food access issues in Indianapolis neighborhoods through the Indy Food Council.
Great Places 2020
Great Places 2020 update
The Great Places 2020 initiative is in full swing! In May, strategic plans were announced for three Great Places. along with new neighborhood identities for the following:

Maple Crossing (formerly 38th and Illinois)
Be sure to follow Great Places 2020 on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!
Imagine a new West Michigan Street
On Saturday, August 13 from 11 am - 4 pm West Michigan Street will be transformed into a thriving, connected business and cultural corridor. 

West Michigan Street Festival will provide the opportunity for neighbors and visitors to engage with one another - to share ideas -and to challenge ourselves and our community to develop this space into an area we can all enjoy. Free and open to the public-this is a chance to experience an historic community reignite its vision for what i s possible in an underutilized commercial area. Click here for more information. 
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