Edna Martin Christian Center and RecycleForce Set to Use Federal Awards to Create Jobs in Promise Zone

On October 2nd, 2019, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this year’s awardees for its Community Economic Development grant program. Among the awardees were Edna Martin Christian Center and RecycleForce, two organizations which serve Promise Zone residents. Both organizations received the maximum award of $800,000. The Community Economic Development program, organized through the Office of Community […]

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City of Indianapolis Designates Portion of East 10th Street as Lift Indy Neighborhood

On October 2nd, 2019, Mayor Joe Hogsett and other representatives from the City of Indianapolis joined Near Eastside neighbors, business owners, and community leaders to announce the designation of a third Lift Indy Neighborhood, located in a key commercial corridor on the Near Eastside. The designated area, focused on a section East 10th Street, joins Monon16 and the Old Southside, […]

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RUCKUS Makerspace Awarded in Small Business Administration Competition

On August 20th, the US Small Business Administration announced winners for its 2019 Makerspace Training, Collaboration, and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition. Among the winners in the Proof of Principle category was RUCKUS Makerspace, a local coworking space located in one of the ten Opportunity Zone census tracts that overlap with the IndyEast Promise Zone. The Proof of Principle category awards […]

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White House Updates List of Federal Programs with Opportunity Zone Preference

The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council has identified numerous federal programs for which Opportunity Zone preference can be made available. As of October 1st, 2019, action has been taken on 160 programs. For the updated list of federal programs, click here.   Opportunity Zones are federally certified census tracts in low-income areas that provide tax incentives for capital investment. […]

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Near Eastside Visioning Day Starts Process of Recreating Quality of Life Plan

On September 7th, Near Eastside neighbors and stakeholders gathered in Arsenal Tech’s cafeteria for Near Eastside Visioning Day. This event is the first major step in the process of creating a new Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan. The original Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan was unveiled in 2008 after months of collaboration between neighbors and community organizations. Since […]

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Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Awards to Help Fund Career Coaching Strategy on Near Eastside

On Thursday August 22nd, the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet announced nearly $1 million in career coaching planning and implementation grants. Among the awardees were the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, awarded a $10,000 planning grant, and Indianapolis Public Schools, awarded a $503,854.95 implementation grant. Indianapolis Public Schools is one of the ten implementation partners for the IndyEast Promise Zone. These grants were […]

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RecycleForce Set to Use Federal Funds for Reentry Job Training

On July 17, 2019, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced nearly $86 million in grant awards through its Reentry Projects program, including a $1.5 million award to Indianapolis-based RecycleForce. RecycleForce is a social enterprise located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis that focuses on the environmentally-sustainable disposal and destruction of electronics. Though electronic recycling is a vital and unique […]

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