2020 Strategic Priorities

Below are our strategic priorities for 2020. 

Contact us to learn more about any of our policy areas or how you can get involved. 

Indy East Business Resources Visual
2020 Policy Area:
Small Business Support

Develop and deploy a comprehensive small-business strategy, to include:

  • an economic mobility district,
  • rolling or cyclical small business survey,
  • small business toolkit promotion,
  • employer roundtable, and
  • potential social enterprise and entrepreneurship incubator.
House
2020 Policy Area:
Homeownership
  • Continue to deploy housing redevelopment programs, to include: IDA participant survey and new consumer lending products.
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2020 Policy Area:
Crime Prevention and Intervention, Community Infrastructure
Implement CBCR plan and encourage the use of CPTED principles in redevelopment of commercial corridors. 
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2020 Policy Area:
Educational Systems
  • Support growth of the IndyEast Achievement Zone.
  • Develop and deploy a strategy for postsecondary and/or career pathways, to include:
    • 21st Century Talent Regions,
    • Local Career Coaching,
    • Individual Development Accounts,
    • financial coaching, credit building loan products, and
    • matched 529 savings accounts. 
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2020 Policy Area:
Commercial Corridors
  • Support development of the Economic Mobility and Innovation District.
  • Secure local measure of Opportunity Zone investment. Arts District: Develop reuse strategies for abandoned theater.
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2020 Policy Area:
Workforce Development
  • Deploy designation as 21st Century Talent Region, to include engagement of employers through State career coaching grant.
  • Develop and deploy a strategy for postsecondary and/or career pathways, to include: 21st Century Talent Regions, Local Career Coaching, Individual Development Accounts, financial coaching, credit building loan products, matched 529 savings accounts. 
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2020 Policy Area:
Private Sector Investment
  • Promote commercial/industrial redevelopment: Sherman Park, Monon 16, Twin Aire, P.R. Mallory Campus.
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2020 Policy Area:
Sustainability
  • Refresh the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan.
  • Ensure institutionalization and expansion of Grantwriter’s Exchange.
  • Engage local funders around a Common Evaluation Framework and database.
  • Identify a host for a VISTA recruitment and onboarding clearinghouse to build a local Civic Talent Pathway.
  • Ensure perpetual development and distribution of a Funding Newsletter.
  • Institutionalize and expand use of goal-oriented committees.