When I joined 16 Tech Community Corporation as Director of Community Initiatives last fall, I was eager to deepen connections with neighbors and organizations who call the Near West, Near Northwest and surrounding neighborhoods home. Today, I have a greater understanding of the vision and goals of those who care about the neighborhoods surrounding the 16 Tech Innovation District and look to build upon that knowledge to create lasting partnerships and program alignment to ensure the district's success extends to the surrounding neighborhoods.
A high priority of our community initiatives is to activate the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund, a dedicated fund that will invest in nearby neighborhoods. It’s been exciting to work with the 10-member advisory committee, made up of residents and representatives of workforce development, community development and educational institutions that provide services in the neighborhoods around 16 Tech. With facilitation from the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the committee has begun to draft grant guidelines, which we anticipate finalizing this spring in order to award the first round of funding this year.