Dedicated to making the Near Eastside of Indianapolis a great place to live, work, shop and learn.

Promise Zones are communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase efforts to achieve neighborhood created goals and priorities. Promise Zone designations are a collaborative effort and commitment between private business and federal, state, and local officials; non-profit organizations; and striving kids and parents – to ensure that hard work leads to a decent living for every American in every community. 


We’ve provided small businesses in the Promise Zone a collection of resources. View our Small Business Resource Guide, funding opportunities, and more.


Learn more about the Promise Zone designation, what our goals are, how we plan to implement our goals, and how to get involved in the community.

An individual's zip code should never determine their destiny.

Designations are high poverty and high capacity communities where the federal government will work with local leaders to increase efforts to achieve neighborhood created goals and priorities. The designation also benefits with receiving five AmeriCorps VISTA members, a federal liaison, technical assistance from participating federal agencies, and preference points for certain competitive federal grant programs.


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Indy East Promise Zone

Goals & Promises

As the lead applicant, the John H. Boner Community Center and the residents of Near Eastside Indianapolis have enlisted the assistance of multiple organizations to develop strategies around the following five goals to improve the quality of life and accelerate revitalization.


Our Goal // Affordable Housing and Redevelopment
We promise to create an economically and socially diverse community by investing in vacant properties and redeveloping them into new, affordable housing options for existing and new residents. View sub-goals.


Our Goal // Job Creation
We promise to develop neighborhood businesses, industries, and commerce that employ residents in living wage jobs. We will support entrepreneurship, job training, and the repurposing of vacant industrial spaces. View sub-goals.


Our Goal // Economic Activity
We promise to create vibrant commercial corridors that provide desirable goods, services, and amenities to our residents, and establish IndyEast as a regional destination for shopping, dining, and recreation. View sub-goals.


Our Goal // Education
We promise all children will receive exceptional education from cradle to career, including developmentally appropriate early childhood services, high quality elementary and secondary schools, and opportunities for postsecondary education and training. View sub-goals.


Our Goal // Reduce Serious & Violent Crime
We promise to create a bright, welcoming environment in which neighbors and visitors feel safe and secure as they go about their days in IndyEast. View sub-goals.

Promise Zone

Locations & Boundaries

Indy East Promise Zone Map

The Promise Zone includes over 22 neighborhoods and is roughly bounded by Interstate 65 and the Monon Trail to the west, 25th Street to the north, Sherman Drive to the east and Washington Street to the South.

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Live Indy East  // Work Indy East  //  Buy Indy East  //  Safe Indy East  //  Learn Indy East  //  Opportunity Zones // IEPZ Base Map

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Latest updates


RT @IndyNEAR On Friday, @IndyNEAR closed the sale of the last of 22 houses developed in The Educators’ Village. Developing vacant lots and abandoned houses on Rural and Eastern, the initiative redeemed blight, provided equitable/affordable homeownership, and has become home to 10 teachers.