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IEPZ-100For the past 10 years, IndyEast residents, major institutions and community partners have worked together to create a new story for our neighborhood. We have moved our community forward according to the ambitious, resident-created Quality of Life Plan. We are strong, organized and uniquely prepared to grow our neighborhood over the next decade. Together and with commitments from all levels of the City of Indianapolis, we are ready to invest the time, efforts and resources to fulfill our Promises.


Check Out Our Latest Newsletters and Updates:

IndyEast Promise Zone Baseline Report

IndyEast Promise Zone 2020 Data Update

COVID-19 Special Newsletter

General Newsletter – July 2020

Grants Newsletter – August 2020


NEAR and Shepherd Open the New Minnie Hartmann Childcare Center, an Accumulation of 6 Years of Planning

Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) and Shepherd Community Center celebrated the opening of the childcare portion of the Minnie Hartmann Childcare Center, part of a project that was an accumulation of six years of planning. The former IPS School #78, the now Minnie Hartmann Center is an intergenerational shared site with a new full-day childcare center, as well as 64 […]

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New Eastside Public Library in Martingdale-Brightwood

We are excited to announce the new opening of the Martingdale-Brightwood Public Library. This new building will replace the Brightwood Branch across the street, which has served the community since 1972. Located at 2434 N. Sherman Drive, the 15,000 square feet library hopes to increase “access to lifelong learning and mental recreation for neighbors of all ages,” said Amina Pierson […]

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The IndyEast Promise Zone Welcomes the New VISTAs

One important component to Promise Zones across the nation, and the Indy East Promise Zone is the 5 AmeriCorps VISTAs positions granted to the lead organization every year: a cohort of young professionals that offer a year of public service in exchange for invaluable career development as well as further building capacity for the Promise Zone and their partners. This […]

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Join a Community Action Team Today!

So what does a Community Action Team (CAT) do? Residents in the Eastside neighborhood can become CAT members. Each CAT are limited to 15 residents per year, and neighbors can only serve one CAT per year. CAT members meet bi-monthly (every two months). CATs and a representative of a lead agency work collaboratively in identifying resources, meeting space, and creating […]

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Eastside Celebrates a “New Hub of Possibility and Opportunity”, the New P.R. Mallory Campus

A brief history of the P.R. Mallory Campus: It was originally home to the first Indianapolis baseball team in 1900. In 1906, the Wonderland Amusement Park took over the site. With some financial struggles, the site would then be destroyed by fire in 1911. From there the P.R. Mallory Headquarters would run as an industrial powerhouse, producing a game “Finance” […]

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COVID-19 Small Business Resource Guide

Resource Guide One of the most crucial things for many businesses during the COVID-19 crisis is finding creative solutions to address loss of revenue. Click the “Resource Guide” above for some ways that businesses are adapting in order to stay open and survive while regulations continue to limit contact and traditional commerce.

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It’s Official! The Eastside is Now a 21st Century Talent Region

OVERVIEW On June 2nd, 2020, the Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo announced the Eastside Economic Recovery and Mobility District (EERMD) as the state’s sixth talent region.  WHAT IS A 21ST CENTURY TALENT REGION? Originating from Executive Order 17-17, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb established the Secretary of Career Connections and Talent as a cabinet-level position in […]

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A Celebration of Fervent and Collective Action: The New Quality of Life Plan

Overview A prospering area of Indianapolis comprised of 20 neighborhoods, the Near Eastside has cultivated a thorough set of goals written by neighbors, for neighbors. To celebrate the launch and dedication into developing the plan, while adapting to social distancing protocols, the Near Eastside hosted a virtual live Facebook event Tuesday June 16, 2020 with special guest Mayor Joe Hogsett […]

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Current AmeriCorps VISTAs Reflect on Their Time with the IndyEast Promise Zone

Since the summer of 2016, the IndyEast Promise Zone (IEPZ) has been supported by the capacity-building efforts of AmeriCorps VISTAs. Below are reflections from members of the 2019-2020 VISTA cohort, the fourth group to serve with the IndyEast Promise Zone.   Jacob Gosselin | Education & Workforce Development Strategist   Q: What is your position and what are your key […]

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Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana to Use HUD Grants to Support Education and Enforcement Initiatives

One of the many important factors in ensuring that all neighbors in the Promise Zone community has decent, safe housing is the understanding and enforcement of fair housing laws. Federal law dictates that both tenants and landlords have certain rights and responsibilities within contract agreements. The Fair Housing Act, part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, was written and […]

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