Category: Indy East Promises

Wheeler mission women's center building

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 rural communities across the nation. In total, 73 Community Development Entities (CDEs) were awarded allocations, including Indianapolis Redevelopment CDE, LLC. Indianapolis Redevelopment CDE, which represents the City of Indianapolis despite

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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 business trends, according to, suggest a shift of focus towards social media and the internet. But these small businesses still need your support in a more physical form. Wondering

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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 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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