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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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. Brownfields, as designated by the […]

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Now Open: Minnie Hartmann Center, Affordable Senior Housing

  Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) and development partner TWG have completed the housing portion of the Minnie Hartmann Center, a multifamily senior affordable housing building redeveloped from IPS School #78. The Minnie Hartmann Center consists of 64 affordable rentals for adults 55 and older. The Center will also include a full-day childcare center for 150+ children operated by Shepherd […]

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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 for approximately 8,000 people, many […]

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Can Public Art Reduce Crime? Near Eastside Neighbors, Artists, and Officers Think So.

For many residents of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Arts Garden, Gallery 924, and the Indy Arts Guide are the most obvious emblems of the Arts Council of Indianapolis citywide. Lesser known are the Arts Council’s efforts to secure major grants for community-led arts initiatives in pursuit of its mission to “advocate for the need and importance of broad community funding and […]

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Façade Grants Enhance Appeal of Near Eastside Commercial Spaces

Pictured above: Ruckus Makerspace, a property of Riley Area Development Corporation, which benefited from painting, landscaping, and window replacement funded in part by one of LISC’s facade grants (Source: North Mass Indy)   Many storefronts in the IndyEast Promise Zone have been around for several decades, longer than even their most resilient tenants. Peeling paint, burned-out lights, cracked windows, dead […]

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