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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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National Coalition of Promise Zones Partners with Federal Agencies in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

National Coalition of Promise Zones, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Liaisons, hosted the first annual National Coalition …

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COVID-19 Business Resource Guide

COVID-19 Small Business Resource guide Below is a resource guide created by the Indy East Promise Zone. It is a compilation of resources on the …

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Box Factory Development Near Completion Along North Mass Corridor

Stenz Construction Corporation in November 2016 bought the previous U.S. Corrugated-Fibre Box Company (predecessor to LDI Ltd.) on 1411 Roosevelt Avenue, just north of the Circle City Industrial Complex.

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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 …

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RecycleForce Receives $4 million Pathway Home Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

“Reducing recidivism is tied to a meaningful job. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration recognizes the dignity of work, especially for the …

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National Coalition of Promise Zones 2020 Federal Convening

From August 20th to September 3rd, IndyEast Promise Zone partners are invited to connect with federal agencies and organizations from across the country, sharing resources …

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NEAR and Shepherd Open the New Minnie Hartmann Childcare Center, an Accumulation of 6 Years of Planning

Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) and Shepherd Community Center celebrated the opening of the childcare portion of the Minnie Hartmann Childcare Center, part of a …

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New Public Library in Martingdale-Brightwood

The new Martingdale-Brightwood Public Library is officially open. This new building will replace the Brightwood Branch across the street, which served the community since 1972. …

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The IndyEast Promise Zone Welcomes the New VISTAs

One important component to Promise Zones across the nation, and the Indy East Promise Zone is the 5 AmeriCorps VISTAs positions granted to the lead …

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Join a Community Action Team Today!

So what does a Community Action Team (CAT) do? Residents in the Eastside neighborhood can become CAT members. Each CAT are limited to 15 residents …

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Eastside Celebrates a “New Hub of Possibility and Opportunity”, the New P.R. Mallory Campus

A brief history of the P.R. Mallory Campus: It was originally home to the first Indianapolis baseball team in 1900. In 1906, the Wonderland Amusement …

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It’s Official! The Eastside is Now a 21st Century Talent Region

Overview On June 2nd, 2020, the Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo announced the Eastside Economic Recovery and Mobility District (EERMD) as …

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A Celebration of Fervent and Collective Action: The New Quality of Life Plan

Overview A prospering area of Indianapolis comprised of 20 neighborhoods, the Near Eastside has cultivated a thorough set of goals written by neighbors, for neighbors. …

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Current AmeriCorps VISTAs Reflect on Their Time with the IndyEast Promise Zone

Since the summer of 2016, the IndyEast Promise Zone (IEPZ) has been supported by the capacity-building efforts of AmeriCorps VISTAs. Below are reflections from members …

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Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana to Use HUD Grants to Support Education and Enforcement Initiatives

One of the many important factors in ensuring that all neighbors in the Promise Zone community have decent, safe housing is the understanding and enforcement …

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Federal Low-Income Tax Credits Program Continues to Support Affordable Housing in the Promise Zone

One of the foundational goals of the IndyEast Promise Zone is to address our community’s housing needs. Among the main concerns in housing development is …

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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 July 31st, …

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Revitalization of P.R. Mallory Campus Moves Forward, Creating Economic and Educational Opportunities

One of the many historic former industrial sites in the Promise Zone is the P.R. Mallory Campus, located at 3029 East Washington Street. Long home …

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Wheeler Mission and RecycleForce to Use New Market Tax Credits for Expansion on Near Eastside

On May 23rd, 2019, the US Treasury Department announced $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) awards to spur economic development in urban and …

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Line Lofts to Bring Affordable Senior Housing and Youth Services for Visually Impaired Population

On October 30th, 2019, TWG Development broke ground on a new project at 1142 Southeastern Avenue. This new development, Line Lofts, will provide a mix …

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Near Eastside Small Business Saturday, Coming November 30th

November 30th is Small Business Saturday ®, which means it’s almost time to celebrate with your favorite small businesses on the Near Eastside! Current small …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Vault Brings New Life to Former Bank Building in the Form of Co-Working Space

One of the key pieces of the successful revitalization efforts on the Near Eastside has been finding exciting new uses for old buildings and spaces. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Read More →
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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 …

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