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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:

General Newsletter – December 2018

Grants Newsletter – January 2019


Lilly Endowment, Inc. Awards $4.3M to 10 East Art + Design District

On December 5, 2018, a spokesperson from the Lilly Endowment announced the recipients of its Strengthening Indianapolis through Arts and Culture Initiative grants at the John Boner Neighborhood Centers. Of 226 vying entities, a collective comprised of the John Boner Neighborhood Centers and eight partner organizations became one of 18 awardees whose visionary approaches to arts-based community development showed the […]

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Past and Present AmeriCorps VISTAs Reflect on Their Terms of Service in 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 three cohorts of VISTAs who have served the IEPZ so far. 2018-2019 Cohort Kira Zagorc | Economic Development Planner “As the Promise Zone’s Economic Development Planner VISTA, I build capacity for local business owners […]

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U.S. Economic Development Administration Grants Support New Developments in Promise Zone

Since 2015, the City of Indianapolis and its partners have leveraged the IndyEast Promise Zone designation to secure funding and technical assistance from 12 federal agencies, namely the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which supports innovation and entrepreneurship in communities nationwide under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Engagement between Promise Zone stakeholders and the EDA began through a coordinated effort between […]

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IHCDA receives Housing Counseling Grant from HUD

  Executive Director of the Near Eastside Innovation School Corporation and Principal of Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School Ross Pippin, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph Galvan, and IHCDA Executive Director Jacob Sipe are pictured above from left to right.   The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority was awarded $130,079 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to expand its counseling […]

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John Boner Neighborhood Center receives nearly $1M for research, planning, and implementation of crime prevention strategies

U.S. Attorney Joshua Minkler addressed a crowd of neighbors and city officials at Sherman Park to congratulate the JBNC and outline his hopes for the CBCR Grant’s impact on public safety.  At the beginning of October, the John Boner Neighborhood Center was awarded the Community-Based Crime Reduction Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, $143,000 of which will be used to fund […]

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Peer Exchange Network Convenes Leaders from Across the U.S. on Indy’s Near Eastside

In mid-September, 40 key stakeholders from Promise Zones and P3 (Performance Partnership Pilot) communities across the nation gathered at the John Boner Neighborhood Centers in Indianapolis to reflect on the IndyEast Promise Zone’s community-based collaboration and education strategies. Facilitated by the U.S. Department of Education and Jobs for the Future, the convening provided an opportunity for learning and networking between […]

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Behold, the Starship: A Safe and Inclusive Place for Creative Expression

To the average passerby, the small blue structure on the northwest corner of 10th and Oxford Streets can appear austere and uninviting. However, thanks to the efforts of several Near Eastside community members, that assumption could not be farther from the truth on many Friday and Saturday nights, when the site becomes a safe space and focal point for casual […]

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Mayfair Taproom: The Near Eastside’s Newest Community Hangout

Alec Hill and Hilary Powers, owners of the Mayfair Taproom Within the next few weeks, the Mayfair Taproom at 2032 East 10th Street will open its doors to customers, boasting a full menu, family-friendly atmosphere, and wide variety of Indiana’s top-rated craft beers. Thanks to the efforts of Hilary Powers and Alec Hill, the couple that owns and operates the […]

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TWG Revitalizes Ford Building, Catalyzing Economic Growth in Holy Cross

Since its completion in 1914, the Ford Building at 1315 East Washington Street has been an automobile assembly plant, a battery manufacturing site, and a storage facility. Located in Indianapolis’ Holy Cross neighborhood, where many storefronts and former industrial sites are vacant or underused in the wake of Great Recession-related foreclosures and structural changes in the regional economy, the building […]

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Bus Tour Promotes Revitalization of Former Near Eastside Industrial Sites

On June 28, 2018, the IndyEast Promise Zone, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, the Indy Chamber, and Develop Indy, led investors, developers, and real estate professionals on an afternoon bus tour to generate interest in the IndyEast Promise Zone’s former commercial and industrial corridor sites. Organized by the Industrial Redevelopment subcommittee of Work IndyEast, the tour was part […]

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