Category: Indy East Promises

Martindale-Brightwood Receives Big “Lift” from City with $3.5 million in Federal Funding

Indianapolis Mayor, Joe Hogsett, names Martindale-Brightwood as a Lift Indy neighborhood, joining the Near North Corridor as the second Lift Indy area for 2021. As a designee, Martindale-Brightwood will receive $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spanning over the next three years. Community leaders and advocates praised the announcement as

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Welcoming Stomping Ground to the Neighborhood

“The plan for Stomping Ground has been in the works for nearly 6 years,” says Owner and longtime Near Eastside resident Martha Latta, who recently opened her retail shop and screen-printing studio in the Windsor Park neighborhood. “I work here, I live here, my daughter goes to school here. I feel so fortunate,” says Latta.

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Local Partners Thankful for a Successful First #NearEastEats

In response to the devastating economic effects of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Near East Area Renewal (NEAR), with support of the IndyEast Promise Zone, initiated an interactive campaign from November 9th to the 22nd to increase traffic for food and beverage establishments in the Near Eastside. Event participants were instructed to purchase a meal from

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Renew Indianapolis’ Build Fund Continues Momentum in the Promise Zone and Beyond

The Build Fund recently received an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Community Services (OCS) that will address community barriers and improve revitalization efforts by providing technical assistance and loans to businesses in the Promise Zone and surrounding Opportunity Zones. A significant portion of the funds are

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Eat, Post, Win: Support Local Businesses

Restaurant traffic has dramatically declined in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing devastating economic effects across the nation. Restaurants and bars reported losing 48.1% of jobs from February to April, and according to a survey by the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association, more than 4 out of 10 restaurant operators in Indiana say, “it is unlikely they will be in business

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U.S. Small Business Administration Continues Support of BOI’s REDi Program with PRIME Grant

Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) received $200,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Program for Investment in Micro-entrepreneurs (PRIME), supporting their Re-Entry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi). PRIME grants support economic development by providing technical assistance to organizations that encourage training and education to build, expand, and sustain small businesses with special emphasis placed on organizations that assist

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photo courtesy of Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition

U.S. EDA Supports Accelerator Project Development in Twin Aire

Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) received $45,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to conduct a small business incubator and accelerator feasibility study at the previous Citizens Energy Coke Plant, a 140-acre parcel in the Twin Aire Neighborhood Corporation (TANC) and within the IndyEast Promise Zone. The new Community Justice Campus in development is also located

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Healthy Harvest on 10th Offers Second Chance Farmers Program in Eastside

Over the past several years grocery stores have exited the Near Eastside for a variety of reasons, but in late 2019, Healthy Harvest Market came into the community with a goal in mind to open a grocery store that provides high-quality food at affordable prices. After operating for several months, the market realized they could

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The Union Apartment Building

The Union – A Unique and Innovative Place to Call Home in the Eastside

Three years ago, the John Boner Neighborhood Center asked the Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School, “what their biggest barrier for students was, and what they could do to provide them support?” “Student mobility has been a challenge Thomas Gregg staff has faced each year” replied Ross Pippin, Executive Director of Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School, a nonprofit

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