"So" many infrastructure and beautification improvements coming our way.
Support your area businesses and take advantage of opportunities in South Indy!
April Action Team Meetings!
Learn ways to get involved in improving South Indy through any of our 7 Action Teams. Visitors always welcome!

April 3 @ 5:30pm 
Health Pavilion Room 202 (UIndy) 
Ongoing projects include Stock Healthy & Shop Healthy program, Rolling Harvest, and Bethany Community Garden.

April 4 @ 5:30pm 
El Azabache, 4200 S. East St.
We get to plan the KIB Great "So" Indy Cleanup afterparty on April 28 that will involve hundreds of neighborhood and KIB volunteers and the SoIndy Summer Summit on June 25.

April 4 @ 6:30 pm 
Tube Factory, 1125 Cruft St.
We are seeking to beautify and bring businesses to the Madison Ave. Corridor.

April 5 @ 5:30pm 
Raymond Brandes Elementary School, 4065 Asbury Street
We are working to promote adult education, skills training, and job opportunities.

April 9 @ 5:30 pm 
Health Pavilion 2nd floor lobby
Through our Housing Survey Pilot Program, we plan to connect residents with home improvement resources.

April 24 @ 6:00 pm 
The Tube Factory (1125 Cruft Street) 
We will create a mural for the Troy and I65 underpass and seek ways to incorporate art and banners throughout the Shelby St. Corridor. We work to create the Shelby Street Village concept.

We will finalize the Connectivity Masterplan with our partners.
South Indy QOL Plan wins the Building Local Economy Award at Neighbor Power
[Pictured left to right: Mayor Joe Hogsett, Ed Mahern, Rauf Khalid, Ruth Soper, Katie Carlson, Janette Smith, Michelle Strahl Salinas, Angie Evans]
SoIndy's own Ruth Soper, was featured as a Neighbor Spotlight in an online Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) publication. Ruth is an active member of University Heights Neighborhood, a member of the SoIndy Housing Action Team, and a SoIndy Advisory Board member.
Click here to read the INRC article.
Have you ever thought about starting your own business?

Check out these resources for Worker Empowerment!

Indy Chamber Entrepreneur Services has programs to suit your needs:
  • The Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) aims to help Central Indiana residents start and grow businesses. To do so, BOI offers free one-on-one business coaching, access to financing, business workshops, and online business courses.
  • The Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC) is a cooperative program in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration designed to promote the creation and growth of businesses by women entrepreneurs by empowering them towards successful entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency.
  • The Hispanic Business Council (HBC) works to better assist the Hispanic business community, by offering networking events to engage the community and help grow business. The HBC’s Mentor-Protégé Program was developed to encourage the development of Hispanic-owned businesses by pairing them with larger, successful mentor firms. In addition, the HBC also works alongside to Entrepreneurship Team to provide business coaching in Spanish.
  • The Indy Chamber also offers opportunities year-round for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and engage through our hands-on workshops, click here for more information.
  • Free business coaching is available (tambien en Espanol), click here for more information.
Indianapolis.opencounter.com takes the often baffling process of opening a business and simplifies it. Enter your data once and OpenCounter Indy tells you exactly what you need to do to open the doors of your business, what forms you need to file, estimates of permitting and licensing costs and how long the process is going to take.
At Ruckus Makerspace you can explore your interest in launching or growing a small business and get help with prototyping, accessing production space or equipment and being a part of a network of design and production resources
LISC provides loans from $1,000 to $5 million to help small businesses and real estate developers expand, create jobs, and drive economic growth in communities. LISC can finance equipment, inventory, debt refinancing, business acquisition, construction and real estate, tenant improvements, and more.
DevelopIndy allows you to discover industry trends, evaluate the workforce, research customers, and analyse the competition.
KAUFFMAN FASTTRAC® BUSINESS OWNERS SERIES This training is ideal for newly established entrepreneurs and those looking to scale-up their business. 
The Indiana Small Business Development Center creates a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources.
Check out one of these Startup and Entrepreneurship networking groups right here in Central Indiana: centricindy.org , meetup.com/vergestartups/ , indianapolis.startupweekend.org , ventureclub.org , smartupsindy.com , 1millioncups.com/indy

Other job resources for April 2018
  • Indygo is hiring for various positions, go to indygo.net.
  • Indy Parks Summer Jobs Hiring Fair will be Saturday, April 14 at Brookside Park from 12 - 2 p.m. Apply at indy.gov/jobs.
  • The Garfield Park Library hosts a Job Center offering one-on-one assistance with any job related computer tasks every Tuesday and Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm. They also offer an Open Lab with assistance on computer software, applications and online activity every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 4:00-6:30pm. These are free resources!
Improving the South Indy Landscape

Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Program
The applications for 2018 are due  April 13, 2018.
or more information on how to apply
Nominate Indianapolis to receive a $20K grant for a local park this Earth Month
Help get our city nominated for the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign, which kicks off in April. If we get the most nominations, one of our parks will receive a $20,000 grant for improvements. In its fourth year, the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign is a collaboration of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company to help fund local park improvement projects.
You could win, too
When you nominate our city, you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes to win a GoPro Prize Pack. The city with the most nominations at the end of April will receive the funding.
Parks help make our lives better. They inspire healthy living, help protect the environment, provide access to sports and bring people together. Support our local parks this Earth Month by visiting them and nominating Indianapolis to improve a lucky park!
Indianapolis is updating the Marion County Land Use Plan
and they want your input!
The Land Use Plan provides a vision for land development and will shape the growth of Indianapolis throughout the coming decades. In particular, it is the recommended future usage for a given property and/or for a given section of each neighborhood.

In South Indy the city will host a community meeting on April 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Burello Family Center in Garfield Park. In the coming weeks there will also be an online app launched where you'll be able to see and comment on the maps day or night at your convenience. This can be reached at  plan2020.com/lu .
Connectivity Updates
Redline construction is anticipated to begin in late April. Stops and bumpouts will be added during the DigIndy street closure (Apr. 9-Oct. 31 2018). The Red Line BRT will not be active until Fall 2019. Click here to learn more.
The I-65/I-70 North Split is being reconstructed in Downtown Indianapolis. .

Click here to read the HUNI position statement.

Let's help ourselves and those affected directly on this plan by getting involved.

Since this publication the DigIndy begin date has changed to April 9, 2018. For more information go to DigIndyTunnel.com .
South Indy Quality of Life Plan