Work Indy East

We promise to develop vibrant neighborhood zones of business activity, industries, and commerce in which residents are employed in living wage jobs. We aim to accomplish this through entrepreneurship, industrial reuse, and job training.

Job Creation

Maker Space

Zones of Commerce

Redevelop six neighborhood legacy industrial sites or corridors into zones of commerce and opportunities that support emerging economic sectors and existing post-industrial opportunities.

Increase Household Income

Decrease unemployment and increase household income for unemployed or underemployed neighborhood residents.

Support Improvements

Support infrastructure improvements as a top priority guiding employment and development on transit corridors, aligning with system upgrades, and supporting transit-oriented development.

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Work IndyEast Promise Zone Funding History

Over the past six years, the Work Indy East goal has been able to raise almost $70M to support workforce initiatives on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. 

Amount Received for Work Indy East: $68,290,684
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Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training

RecycleForce will use this funding from the EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program to recruit, train, and place formerly incarcerated individuals with the work experience and OCS certifications needed to secure full-time employment in a recycling facility.

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OCS Community Economic Development Program

Most of the grant funds from the Department of Health and Human Services will be used to support the wages of transitional workers. A small amount will be used to support salary of staff that provides case management, training, and grant management. 10% will be requested as de mininimus indirect cost and funds may be required for travel to grantee meetings.

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OCS Community Economic Development Program

EMCC will utilize this funding from the Department of Health and Human Services for the implementation of two strategies that are critical for the multi-use development, business expansion and job creation goals of the Campus. The first strategy focuses on completion of the Center, which provides space to accommodate several EMCC’s social, education, employment training, business development, food service and entrepreneurial initiatives. OCS funding will be used to provide financing required to expand the Center’s commercial kitchen, early childhood education programming and youth and senior services. The second strategy focuses on the expansion of Piper’s shipping and receiving area. OCS funding will be used for site preparation and development of land on the Campus that will be leased to Piper enabling it to enlarge its shipping and receiving area and take on larger projects. Additionally, OCS funding of $800,000 to implement these two strategies for the Campus expansion and job creation in the low-income Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.

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MaTCH Pilot Competition

These funds, awarded through the Small Business Administration’s Makerspace Training, Collaboration, and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition will be used for hard and soft skills training and job placement for hard-to-employ\formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Brownfields Multipurpose Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded this grant to the City of Indianapolis. These funds will be used for assessment, cleanup and planning for the Black Mountain site and related key parcels located at 3315, 3525 and 3547 East Washington Street within the Indy East Promise Zone. This project is part of a comprehensive community development plan, which includes the creation of an urban employment hub for the adjacent neighborhoods that will increase the economic growth, long-term health, and welfare of the area’s residents. These parcels are also located in a designated Opportunity Zone and positioned along a future Bus Rapid Transit Corridor.

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OCS Community Economic Development Program

Through funding from a Department of Health and Human Services’ …

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ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant

Through the Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship USA State Expansion Grant, PEN Industries’ Registered Apprenticeship Program was able to implement pre-apprenticeship programs for offenders serving time in prison.

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Browfields Area Wide Planning Grant

A Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant from Environmental Protection Agency allowed …

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Work Indy East Map

The Work IndyEast map shows workforce development assets and industrial redevelopment sites, in addition to unemployment rates in the promise zone and vacant industrial parcels.

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News and Resources

Read the latest updates about IndyEast Work projects, awarded grants, and milestones.