Category: Work Indy East

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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

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RUCKUS Makerspace Building

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

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Promise Zone Bus Tour Promotes Redevelopment of Industrial Sites

On Friday, September 13th, a group of nearly 50 community partners and developers took a bus tour of the Promise Zone, stopping at many former industrial sites. The tour was used to highlight the development opportunities offered by the abundance of sites in the Promise Zone that once housed industrial operations. The tour stopped at

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Governor's Workforce Cabinet meeting

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

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Makers and Artist Space

201 Studios Provides Makers and Artists with Space to Work and Grow

The Near Eastside is home to a wide variety of former industrial sites. As the economy has shifted throughout the past half-century, many industrial facilities have been abandoned or sold by their original owners, oftentimes leading to destruction and decay. While these old sites and buildings pose a challenge to the redevelopment process of the

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Factory workers

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

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EPA Investment Highlights Variety of Redevelopment Opportunities on Near Eastside

The recent award of a Brownfields Multipurpose Grant to the City of Indianapolis marks the fifth investment by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2015 that will directly affect the IndyEast Promise Zone (IEPZ). This latest award represents a continuing commitment to environmental remediation and redevelopment by the EPA, the City, and our community.

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A New Life for Sherman Park

For most of the past century, the 50-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Michigan Street and Sherman Drive on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis was a bustling economic hub. Having hosted General Electric (GE), the RCA Corporation (formerly the Radio Corporation of America), and Thomson Consumer Electronics in succession, the tract was a worksite

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