Tuesday, July 28, 2009


The City of Indianapolis' Office of Sustainability and United Water today announced that applications for the Green Infrastructure Grant Program are available beginning July 27 through October 1, 2009 at www.sustainindy.org.

The Green Infrastructure Grant Program, funded by United Water, provides $100,000 per year through 2011 to local organizations working to implement environmentally friendly practices. Recipients are selected based on the viability of the project as a whole, plus the organization's capacity to ensure completion, to "seed" experience in the community for similar projects, to link sustainable principles to economic development and efficiency gains, and to act as an incubator by offering technical assistance to others in the community interested in implementing similar projects.

"Green Infrastructure is an important part of improving water quality in our city," said Office of Sustainability Director, Kären Haley. "These grants allow organizations in Marion County to implement projects that creatively address water quality issues."

The maximum grant awarded is $20,000 which requires a 20 percent matching contribution from the receiving organization. Examples of Green Infrastructure include rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs and porous pavement. More information about green infrastructure is available at http://www.sustainindy.org/green-infrastructure.cfm

Recipients of the 2008 grants were: American Society of Civil Engineers, Binford Redevelopment Area and Growth (BRAG), Cottage Home Neighborhood Association, Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND), and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB).

Monday, July 27, 2009

INRC Extends ICBI Deadline

Due to the positive response to the Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI), we are pleased to offer additional seats for participants who have not yet applied. In light of this development we have extended our application deadline to Thursday, July 30th, 2009.

Sign up now for this intensive option for the opportunity to explore ideas and develop practical skills necessary for building effective neighborhood leaders.

Fall 2009 ICBI Schedule

(all classes will take place at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street)

Intensive Track One:

Saturday August 1 and Saturday, August 15

9:00am to 4:00pm; INRC will provide lunch

Intensive Track Two:

Saturday September 12 and Saturday, September 26

9:00am to 4:00pm; INRC will provide lunch

Intensive Track Three:

Saturday October 24 and Saturday November 7

9:00am to 4:00pm; INRC will provide lunch


Thursday, November 19

5:30pm to 8:00pm: Program begins at 6:00pm

Note: Participants must attend all sessions

For more information please call 920-0330 x 100 or visit www.inrc.org for an application.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Check Out Fountain Square Academy

Fountain Square Academy, one of only three public high schools in all of Marion County to make AYP (federal standards for academic achievement) in 2008, launched a television commercial today to inform neighbors of its many programs and to encourage students to enroll in its unique college prep program. Fountain Square Academy (FSA) was invited into the community by the Southeast Neighborhood Development Corporation and is now in its 5th year of operation. It serves grades 5-12 and partners with both Ivy Tech Community College and Garfield Park. High school students are enrolled in college classes and the school pays for the tuition and the textbooks. The high school's staff helps students while they are taking the college classes. Last year, students at its sister school, Fall Creek Academy, graduated with as many as 33 college credits and went on to a 4-year university as a sophomore. FSA partners with Garfield Park to offer basketball and other sports programs for students. Teach For America teachers will be working at the school this fall, too.

Last year, students at the school outperformed more than 73 percent of their counterparts across the country in what they learned in one year's time. The school is free to the public and provides the free breakfast and lunch program as well as transportation. To enroll, please log onto www.FountainSquareAcademy.org today. School starts August 10.

An Award For Your Vision And Hard Work?

There's a whole lot of great work going on in Indy's urban neighborhoods. And now some of the best of the best will get the recognition they deserve -- thanks to an all-new awards program this October. This awards program will bring together new and existing awards sponsored by a number of community partners. The awards will be presented as part of a week of neighborhood celebrations that will culminate with Neighbor Power! A Gathering To Inspire Greater Indy Neighborhoods.

The Event:
Neighbor Power! will bring together hundreds of people from around the city who are interested in neighborhood improvement and community development. LISC Indianapolis, the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiatives, and many others have coordinated the free gathering, which will include discussions and workshops on neighborhood issues on October 17. (Find out more here.)

The Awards:
The gathering will also feature an awards program on October 16 that will showcase some of the great things we're already accomplishing -- and you're invited to enter. The six awards include:

Connecting Community Award, sponsored by Neighbor Power! This award recognizes an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve services, education, or cultural aspects of the quality of life of its neighborhood. This would include but not be limited to local mural project, job training program, neighborhood cultural event, etc. To nominate someone for this award, click here, or for more information contact LISC at sthomas@lisc.org.

Building Local Economy Award, sponsored by Neighbor Power! This award recognizes an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve business diversity or economic aspects of the quality of life of its neighborhood. This would include but not be limited to farmer's market, hiring locally, eat/shop local, small business development, etc. To nominate someone for this award, click here, or for more information contact LISC at sthomas@lisc.org.

Inspiring Places Award, sponsored by Neighbor Power! This award recognizes an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve safety, housing, or beautification aspects of the quality of life of its neighborhood. This would include but not be limited to crime watch programs, housing, neighborhood clean-up efforts, community/police partnerships, streetscape improvements, gateways, etc. To nominate someone for this award, click here, or for more information contact LISC at sthomas@lisc.org.

The Collaborative Spirit Award, sponsored by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC). This award recognizes projects that involve partnerships between neighborhood organizations and schools, businesses, or other neighborhood organizations. To nominate someone for this award, click here, or for more information contact INRC at namccormick@inrc.org.

The Mayor's Neighborhood Award, sponsored by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB). This award will recognize achievements of residents engaged as volunteers in beautification and/or environmental improvement projects. To nominate someone for this award, click here, or for more information contact KIB at lfox@kibi.org.

The Carl J. Lile Partnership Award, sponsored by the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development. This award recognizes the dedication and commitment of a community development leader in Indianapolis. The nomination process is internal and applications are not being accepted. Contact dfredericks@iaced.org for more information.
Get Involved
Apply for one - or more than one.
But do it now: the entry deadline for all award applications is August 24.
Good luck -- see you October 16!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Thanks to the generosity of funders, donors and FringeFriday supporters the building is air conditioned. And there's more... a whole new look that will amaze you!!

Check it out next weekend at FringeFriday Performer Showcases, July 31and
FringeNext Preview, Saturday, August 1.

FringeFriday: July 31Thurgoode
IndyFringe Building, 719 E. St. Clair St.
5:30 p.m. Mix and Mingle (complimentary nibbles and cash bar)
6:15-7:30 p.m. performances

Get a sampling of several local Fringe 2009 shows including:
Broken Fragile Mind by Motus Dance Theatre
New Vaudeville by Midwest Emerging Artists
Simple Joys by Jennifer Sutton
Thurgoode by Fantaz Winnebago Productions
and More!

FringeNext Preview: Saturday, August 1
IndyFringe Building, 719 E. St. Clair St.
7 p.m.
Jared Sherlock, Master of Magic, will host a preview of our exciting and entertaining youth theatre. After getting a start in the first year of FringeNext in 2006, Jared's magic act has gone onto much acclaim including being featured in the Wall Street Journal for winning the 2008 Startup Nation's Top 20 Dorm Based Business. Now you can be dazzled by a new set of up and coming talents in their new home at the IndyFringe Building. You never know who might be the next big star.

Both events are free and open to the public so bring friends. Come see the progress of the IndyFringe building rennovatons. Now with airconditioning thanks to your help!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cultural Trail Meeting

If you haven't noticed, construction on the Cultural Trail's north and northeast corridors is now in full swing. Next up: our very own Virginia Avenue southeast corridor. Please join Gail Payne from the Cultural Trail and her team for a full update on the project, and Craig von Deylen from Perkins von Deylen Architects for his update on the important projects that will bring exciting and transformational change to the Southeast Corridor of the Cultural Trail, and to the Fletcher Place and Fountain Square neighborhoods.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 19, 2009, from 6-8 p.m., at the Fountain Square Theater Building* at Shelby and Prospect Streets (the room will be marked). Bring your friends and neighbors (and your questions) and learn all of the latest information about the progress now happening, plus future plans and timetables.

See you August 19!


Planning for the 2009 Southeast Neighborhood Gathering is well underway! The date for this year’s gathering will be November 5th and the even will be held in the evening. Specific details will follow, but please mark your calendars. The neighborhood gathering is open to all and the more the merrier!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

City Awards $6 Million in NSP Funds to Developers Project managers selected; NSP projects set to launch in neighborhoods

The Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC) approved today the city's request to release $6 million in the first round of funding to Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) development partners.

The developers selected to implement NSP projects in designated areas of the city will receive $1 million each to launch their approved projects. In total, $29 million in NSP funds for Indianapolis were approved by Congress late in 2008 to help neighborhoods recover from the effects of widespread foreclosures. The city has worked with community partners to develop a comprehensive plan that will maximize the positive impact of the funding for neighborhoods throughout Marion County.

Concord Community Development Corporation, South East Neighborhood Development, Greater Eastside Housing Project Team, Englewood Community Development Corporation, Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation and Michigan B&O Reinvestment Team will be able use the funds for project administration, acquisition, demolition, new construction, rehabilitation and any financing needed for a project. The exact amount of funding each development partner will receive will depend on the scope of their proposed projects. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines mandate that funds must be spent by 2013.

The MDC also approved today contracts for three project mangers to oversee the spending of NSP funds - a key component of the city's management plan for the grant award. They are:
D. B. Silver
Enginuity Management and Consulting Corporation
Spectrum Management & Development, LLC

Each contract is for $112,500.00 and is set to expire December 31, 2010.

For more information about NSP funds and the city's plan to implement NSP projects, please visit

The 2010 Community Crime Prevention Grant

The 2010 Community Crime Prevention Grant Application is here for download. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm, August 28th, 2009.

"Crime prevention initiatives are a key component of our public safety strategy," declared Mayor Greg Ballard. "Our Community Crime Prevention Grants will make a difference in the safety of our neighborhoods."

The goal of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is to reduce crime by funding programs within designated funding categories that will fill a documented gap in existing services, and promote collaboration among existing institutions, existing programs, and efforts that involve neighborhood residents.

Community Crime Prevention Grants are awarded over a one-year funding cycle and generally focus on one of the following: ex-offender reintegration/reentry, keeping kids safe and productive, education, neighborhood mobilization/strengthening (or safe neighborhoods) or health.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Indianapolis is one of first cities to request funds through Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program

LED street lighting and traffic light projects, bike lane construction, the greening of the City County Building, and installation of green roofs and solar panels at Indy Parks facilities are among the eight areas submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE) for funding consideration through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

Indianapolis is eligible to receive $8,032,300 over the next two years as part of the EECBG program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Since the announcement of the formula grant eligibility earlier this year, the Office of Sustainability has gathered public input, coordinated with other municipalities in the region, and has now submitted the city's plan to the DOE.

"This funding will provide a way to jumpstart many sustainability projects throughout Indianapolis," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "We want to be sure we're maximizing the positive impact of this grant money and using it in ways that benefit our entire community. The public input we received was very helpful in terms of prioritizing upcoming projects."

The submission deadline was originally June 25, but was recently extended to August 10th. The Office of Sustainability worked to get the application in by the original deadline after learning that early submissions will be reviewed and considered first for award. The City of Indianapolis and Marion County is one of only 20 counties to submit their application on June 25. A total of 450 counties are eligible for the formula based grant funding.

The next step in the process is a DOE review of the city's proposed Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) and grant application. If both documents are deemed satisfactory, the city anticipates the release of 50 percent of the allocation within 90 days of approval. The remainder of the funding allocation is expected to be obligated after one or more progress reviews by DOE.

The city's proposed EECS consisted of eight activities, which if approved, will be completed over the next three years. The projects and corresponding requested funding allocations include:

Bike Lanes - $3,296,395
Construction of 13 miles of bike lanes on Lafayette Rd. (County Line Rd. to 10th St) and four miles of bike lanes on Shelby St. (from Madison to the future terminus of the Cultural Trail on Virginia Ave.) would not only double the amount of bike lanes available to residents, but would also create important connections between the existing downtown bike lanes, the city's existing 39 miles (and 150 planned miles) of Greenways Trails, and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Greening the City County Building (CCB) - $250,000
Based on recommendations from the Greening the CCB initiative in June 2009, the CCB will be retrocommissioned to establish an energy baseline, and additional funds will go toward implementing energy efficiency improvements.

Installation of Green Roofs and Solar Panels at Indy Parks Facilities - $232,005
This initiative will involve adding at least 10,000 square feet of green roof space and 5,000 Watts of solar power at four Indy Parks facilities currently in need of roof replacements.

City Facility Retrofits - $250,000
Identification and implementation of energy retrofit opportunities at city-owned and operated facilities, including Public Works, Parks, Fire and Police Stations, and Department of Waterworks buildings will be put into a Clean Energy Fund, managed by the city and designated to fund retrofit efforts at other facilities.

SustainIndy Green Building Fund - $500,000
This portion of the proposed allocation includes a provision of zero-interest loans and grants to support local green projects in the private and nonprofit sectors. Grants and loans will be awarded on a competitive basis with applicants applying directly to the city.

LED Street Lighting Pilot Projects - $800,000
High-efficiency LED street lighting projects will be installed at various locations where replacement street lighting is needed.

LED Traffic Signal Retrofits - $2,503,900
Currently, only 370 of the city's 1,100 intersections have LED traffic signals. This activity proposes to retrofit the remaining 730 intersections to LED.

Comprehensive Energy Plan for Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) Facilities - $200,000
The Southport and Belmont AWTs treat more than 70 billion gallons of wastewater each year. The EECS would assess feasibility and explore public-private partnerships with local industries located near the AWTs to create fuel sources that will reduce wastewater organic load and treatment cost, thereby lowering power consumption at the AWTs.

More information about the EECBG application and process is available at www.sustainindy.org.


The City of Indianapolis, in partnership with African
Community International, Inc., will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of
the African Festival. The festival events are set to kickoff on August

A variety of events including the Taste of Africa, the African
Ambassadors and Business Conference, a 5K charity race/walk, the Fashion
of Africa, African Film Festival and SoccerFest are scheduled to take
place throughout the month leading up to the festival on August 15th.
The festival will be held in downtown Indianapolis on the American
Legion Mall.

For a complete listing of events and activities visit


The City of Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Indianapolis Fire Department and the Department of Waterworks to deliver heat relief at Bethel Park and Wes Montgomery Park on any weekday the temperature reaches 90 degrees or higher. On those days, firefighters will create a temporary spray park using hoses and sprinklers from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bethel Park, 2850 Bethel Ave., and Wes Montgomery Park, 3400 N. Hawthorne Lane.

Operation Cooldown allows children under adult supervision to enjoy relief from the heat and provides these neighborhoods an alternative source of water recreation while the pools at these two parks are closed for repairs. The program will not operate during water use advisories, warnings or emergencies.

Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing heat-related illness:

* Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
* Do not drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar. Avoid very cold drinks, as they can cause stomach cramps.
* Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
* Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
* Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
* NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
* Although anyone at anytime can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.
* Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need much more frequent watching.
* If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours; cut down on exercise; try to rest often in shady areas; and protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Monday, July 13, 2009

50 States for Good Campaign

The "50 States for Good Campaign" is looking for community projects across the United States that they can support with funding. Tom's of Maine wants to support nonprofit organizations working to enhance the quality of life in their own community.

Tom's of Maine is soliciting applications for community-driven projects from nonprofit organizations. They are taking submissions until August 30th. A review panel will narrow down the applications to 50 finalists. Then they will be posted on their website so everyone can help by voting for which 5 projects should be awarded funding. In November they will award five 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations with $20,000.

Applications are will be accepted until August 30th. Check out their application form and Terms & Conditions for more details.

Go to their site http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community-involvement/project-sponsorships.aspx to apply.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tour the Prospect Street Coke Plant

Citizens Energy Group has scheduled 4 tours of the former Indianapolis Coke plant as follows:

September 23rd at 10:00 and again at 1:00

September 30th at 10:00 and again at 1:00

Anyone interested in joining one of the scheduled tours must call 927-4459 to register (simply leave your name and phone number).

As with any plant tour, all participants must sign a liability waiver at the time of the tour before being allowed to join the tour.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Food Co-op Survey

Well, I'm breaking my rule and actually writing my own post this time.

I wanted to let you know that the Food Co-op group is doing a survey to find out what you would like to see in a community owned grocery store. You can click the link to download it.

After you fill it out, either email it to seorganizer@gmail.com or drop it off at SEND, 1030 Orange, if that is your preference.

If you include contact information, we will enter you in a drawing for cool prizes. If you would like, we can also keep you updated on things as they arise.

On a side note, in August, the Food Co-op steering committee may need some extra help, so if you would like to commit some time to the cause, drop me an email!

Thanks for reading,

Jerry Keys

KIBI Summer Volunteer Update for July

Saturday, July 11th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Davidson Street Tree Planting Maintenance
Near E. Vermont Street and College Ave.
Help revitalize the Davidson Street corridor planted up this year and last with hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Assist with weeding and cleanup of these beds, mulching and watering.

Saturday, July 18th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brightwood Community Garden
Near E. 28th St. and N. Olney
Help this neighborhood complete the creation of their community garden by assisting the in installing a fence around the perimeter of the planting site.

Saturday, July 18th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Project Green Schools at School #114
Near E. Raymond and Emerson Ave.
Help this school to mulch the many trees planted there last year through the Lilly Day of Service, and to assist them with weeding and maintenance of their beautification project.


Notice is hereby given, in accordance with IC 5-14-1.5-5, that the Office of Code Enforcement will hold a Controller’s hearing regarding OmniSource Indianapolis, LLC’s Applications for Dealers in Salvage or Scrap Metal. Hearing details include:

Date: Friday, July 10, 2009

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Office of Code Enforcement

Vonnegut Conference Room

1200 Madison Ave., Ste. 100

Indianapolis, IN 46225

This informal hearing will be held pursuant to Chapter 801, General Provisions Regarding Business Licenses of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County. Per Section 801-201 of the Revised Code, the purpose of the hearing is to consider the effect of the proposed business on the public welfare, including its effect on any surrounding property, nearby residents, and businesses.

For special accommodations needed by persons with disabilities, please call 327-3972.

City of Indianapolis Departments Work Together to Protect Parkland

Orange and black public hearing signs displayed in 22 parks throughout Marion County are an effort by the City of Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) to rezone more than 463 acres to PK-1 zoning. This classification will designate as parkland properties currently zoned for uses ranging from agricultural and commercial to industrial.

The PK-1 classification will give the park properties protection from surrounding development, such as requiring extra scrutiny during the zoning process when cases come before the DMD. Additionally, the zoning status provides for elevated charges if certain crimes are committed on or near park properties.

“The thorough analysis of our properties and subsequent rezoning process will ensure that these parks are protected for years to come,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “The multi-agency cooperation and agreement on this project affirms the need for parkland to be zoned under the PK-1 designation.”

Indy Parks became aware of the park properties not zoned to the PK-1 classification as the department worked to complete the 2009 Indianapolis-Marion County Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan.

“As an action step of our comprehensive plan, we are taking the appropriate measures to properly zone our properties,” said Indy Parks Deputy Director Don Colvin.

The first public hearing will be at 1 p.m. July 23 in the Beurt R. SerVaas public assembly room on the second floor of the City-County Building. The process will continue with the zoning case being heard by the Metropolitan Development Commission and then by the City-County Council for final approval.

An additional 20 park properties will face similar zoning hearings in Phase II of this project.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

IMAGINE: Indy's Matching Awards for Great Indy Neighborhoods Engagement

IMAGINE provides financial resources for projects, events and activities designed to increase resident engagement, promote neighborhood action, and establish new and stronger relationships among grassroots organizations and businesses.

The next IMAGINE deadline is 5pm on Wednesday, August 26. Eligible not-for-profit neighborhood organizations can apply for between $500 to $5,000 in IMAGINE support.

Attendance at a session is mandatory for submission of an application. Sessions are held from 6 to 8 p.m. at INRC's offices at 1802 N. Illinois Street. Upcoming sessions will be held July 20, August 17, October 19, and November 16.

For more information, call (317) 920-0330 or visit www.inrc.org or www.greatindyneighborhoods.org .

Summer Courses at INRC

If you have not been able to attend any of the summer 2009 classes at INRC there is still time! All classes will be held at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space today by calling Nita McCormick at INRC at 920-0330, ext. 100 or namccormick@inrc.org.

Green on the Ground: Thursday, July 9, 6:00-8:30pm

"Green" is a "way" of living. This session describes this "way" through the story of a two year effort to move Broad Ripple toward a more "Sustainable" community. It is an account of the ideas, initiatives, obstacles, and accomplishments in the application of "Green" theory to the practical reality of community life. Although each neighborhood is unique many of the challenges in going "Green" are common. Why is it necessary? What are the benefits? How long will take? Join the discussion, share your ideas, and learn how Green Broad Ripple is working to answer these questions.

The City of Indianapolis Office of Code Enforcement:

What is it and why you would need to use it: Tuesday, July 14, 6:00-8:30pm

The newly developed Office of Code Enforcement has consolidated any item requiring a license or permit such as special event permits, weights and measures, and zoning; or dealing with any type of inspection from all City of Indianapolis departments, into one office. Learn about this newly created office and how to use it from Director, Rick Powers and his staff.

IMAGINE (Indy's Matching Awards for Great Indy Neighborhoods Engagement): Monday, July 20, 6:00-8:30pm

Got an idea about how to make your neighborhood come together and grow? Come meet former awardees and hear their stories of funded projects that embrace the spirit of IMAGINE and resident involvement. Bring your ideas and learn more about IMAGINE and how your neighborhood can apply for IMAGINE dollars!

Fall 2009 ICBI Schedule

INRC will be offer another cycle of ICBI on the following dates:

Intensive Track One:

  • Saturday August 1 and Saturday, August 15
  • 9:00am to 4:00pm; INRC will provide lunch

Intensive Track Two:

  • Saturday September 12 and Saturday, September 26
  • 9:00am to 4:00pm; INRC will provide lunch

Intensive Track Three:

  • Saturday October 24 and Saturday November 7
  • 9:00am to 4:00pm; INRC will provide lunch


  • Thursday, November 19
  • 5:30pm to 8:00pm: Program begins at 6:00pm

Note: Participants must attend all sessions

To be part of this program please contact your INRC Neighborhood Development Specialist at 317-920-0330 or visit www.inrc.org to begin the application process for this FREE training opportunity!

Summer Celebration - Indiana Black Expo, Inc

Plan to attend the 39th Annual Summer Celebration of Indiana Black Expo on July 9-19, 2009. This year the celebration will include opportunities to help you find a career in this economy!

Employment Opportunity Fair Workshops on Wednesday, July 15, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Indiana Convention Center.

Don't miss the WTHR-TV 13 Employment Opportunity Fair on Thursday, July 16, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm at the 500 Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center. On-site interviews and hiring! Visit www.indianablackexpo for a complete list of employers.

For more information call 317-655-5779 or go to www.wthr.com.

Front Porch Fridays

In June INRC launched our inaugural event Front Porch Fridays celebrating a time when people met on their neighbor's front porch, relationships were built, resources were shared and results were obtained for the community.

Come bring your lawn chair and join your neighbors on Friday, July 10 and August 7, from 11:30am - 1:00pm at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street.
Our July get together will feature conversations on the first chapter of the book Neighbor Power: Building community the Seattle Way by Jim Diers.

Hard copy and podcast of the chapter is available on INRC's website (www.inrc.org ). For more information or to RSVP call 920-0330, ext. 100 or namccormick@inrc.org.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Help wanted @ Indy Audio Visual Productions

Outside Sales Representative

Do you have a passion for pets?

We are looking for sales representative to sell sponsorships for Indiana's Pet Pals TV and PetPalsTV.com. Our programs are viewed throughout the state and on our online community website.

The sales rep would call upon all types of businesses to take part in this unique marketing opportunity. Sponsors help in pet adoption efforts. Our offices are in Indianapolis in Historic Fountain Square.

Please e-mail your resume and contact information to Ramon Carrera at petpalstv@petpalstv.com

This is a commission-based sales position.

Video Journalist

Pet Pals TV is seeking a freelance video journalist. This person would shoot, edit and present pet-related stories that would appear on Pet Pals TV, PetPalsTV.com and other media platforms.

Video journalist will be paid per story filed.

Videography and Final Cut Pro editing experience helpful. Must be able to attend event, conceptualize stories, shoot video, edit stories and work with web software.

Our offices are in Indianapolis in Historic Fountain Square.

Please send your resume and a link to your demo reel to Ramon Carrera at work@indy.es

Thursday, July 2, 2009

$4 Adoption Day at Animal Care and Control

To celebrate our nation’s independence, Indianapolis Animal Care & Control is having a $4.00 adoption day on July 4. As such, the shelter is expecting a very busy day and has extended hours of operation to 10 AM – 6 PM!

*Animal Adoption Fee Includes:

-Spay/Neuter Surgery

-All Age-Appropriate Vaccinations (Except Rabies)


-Heartworm or FLV/FIV Test

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control is located at 2600 S. Harding St.

For more information about Indianapolis Animal Care and Control please visit: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPS/ACCD/Pages/home.asp

To volunteer at the shelter, or to inquire about adoption please contact Adam Garrett at 327-1384 or complete the online form found here: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPS/ACCD/Volunteering/Pages/volunteer_app.aspx

A Note from our Mayor's Neighborhood Liasion

I heard from the OCE (Office of Code Enforcement) people about a new part of the City’s website. They have a section where you can get a list of ALL of the locations that have been cited for high weeds and grass, as well as a search tool to look for a specific address. Here is a link to the OCE part of the City’s webpage:


If you choose to look at the list of all properties cited for this, you may want to know that it is about 25 records per page and there are more than 200 pages to that document.

I will also note to you all that I was informed by the OCE folks that over the past couple of weeks, they have finalized contracts with another 10-12 mowing vendors, so the backlog of “yet-to-be-cut” locations ought to starts getting trimmed over the next few weeks.

I hope you all have a wonderful Independence Day weekend!

Dennis Papenmeier

Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison

South Center Township

Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services

Gregory A. Ballard, Mayor

2133 City-County Building

200 East Washington Street

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Office: (317) 327-5595

Fax: (317) 327-5424


NSP 2 Funds

The Division of Community Economic Development of the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) is applying for $35 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Plan (NSP) 2 funds authorized under the American Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications from state and local governments and non-profit entities to purchase foreclosed or abandoned homes and to rehabilitate, resell or redevelop the homes in order to stabilize neighborhoods

Unlike the original NSP plan which allotted $29 million dollars to Indianapolis, NSP 2 is a competitive process. The minimum request is set at $5 million. For every $5 million requested, guidelines state that a minimum of 100 abandoned or foreclosed homes must be returned to productive use. Funds must benefit persons earning less than 120 percent of the area median family income and at least 25 percent of the funds must benefit persons earning less than 50 percent of the area median family income.

The NSP 2 funds will build off of the plans developed for use of NSP 1 funds. Ten areas have been targeted (see attached map) using HUD census tract data. Twelve development partners have been selected:
- Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
– South East Neighborhood Development
– Greater Eastside Housing Project Team
– Englewood Community Development Corporation
– Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation
– Michigan B&O Reinvestment Team
– Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFÉ)
– United Northeast Community Development
– King Park Area Development
– Martindale Brightwood Community Development Corporation
– Near North Community Development Corporation
– Strategic Partners

It is expected that 765 units will be rehabbed and constructed.

The draft budget for the $35 million dollars is:

Acquisition of abandoned/foreclosed homes $7,300,000
Rehabilitation for homeownership $4,750,000
New construction for homeownership $4,000,000
Demolition $2,300,000
Down Payment Assistance $3,000,000
Rental development $10,150,000
Administration $3,500,000
Total $35,000,000

The application will be available in draft form on line at: www.indy.gov/dmd
starting Thursday July 2nd. Public comments will be taken through July 13th. The application is due July 17th. Applicants will be notified by December 1, 2009.

Written public comments should be submitted to:

NSP2 Comments
Division of Community Economic Development
200 East Washington Street, Suite 2042
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Or on line at: Eaquila@indygov.org

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Request for Powerful Stories Due July 20, 2009

About Neighbor Power!:
Neighbor Power! A Gathering to Inspire Greater Indy Neighborhoods is a new and free event bringing together active and engaged residents and community leaders on Oct. 17 at the University of Indianapolis. We’re seeking people like you to share powerful stories during discussions and workshops on the neighborhood issues we all face. We need you to inspire and empower others with your stories. Together, we can make a difference.

Why Should I Share?
You could reach up to 300 people with your story.
You and a summary of your story will be included in gathering materials.
You’ll be part of the program attended by neighborhood residents, community group leaders, business owners, representatives of local nonprofits, corporate and philanthropic partners, and government officials.
You’ll have a great opportunity to connect through public conversation.

What Should I Share?

Neighbor Power! encourages presenters from all walks of life to share their stories on the following
suggested topics:

Community Engagement
Block clubs and crime watch/public safety
Neighborhood Retail
Youth engagement
Public art
Tales of neighborhood-driven development
Neighborhood events
Abandoned Homes/Zoning and Code enforcement
Going Green - urban gardens, development, co-ops, farmers market, green roofs
Zoning and code enforcement/City services
Capitalizing on uniqueness of neighborhood
Connecting with your schools/churches
Quality of life planning for neighborhoods

How Will It Work?
Once presenters are selected, you’ll be matched with others to develop a joint workshop on a mutual topic. Presenters will have the opportunity to tell their stories in two back to back sessions at Neighbor Power! The workshops/discussions are scheduled to last one hour with 20-40 participants attending. Each presenter will share their story in 10 minutes or less, allowing time for questions and discussion.

What Does Neighbor Power! Expect From You?
Attend a workshop planning meeting on August 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Attend a training and practice session in September.
Understand that you won’t be able to attend other discussions/workshops at Neighbor Power!
but they will be recorded for later viewing.

Note: Potential presenters are encouraged to attend INRC’s summer course, Great Stories! How to Present Your Results.
In this two-part course, participants will learn how to present their stories to a broader audience and gain useful tools for designing their presentation. The workshops will be held June 25 and July 16 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. For more information and to register, call Nita McCormick at (317) 920-0330 or namccormick@inrc.org.

Application Process:
Complete and return this form by mail or email to Shawn Thomas on or before July 20, 2009. Presenters will be chosen and notified by/on August 6.

Send entries to:
Neighbor Power! Stories
C/O Shawn Thomas
333 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Email to SThomas@lisc.org.

Questions? Contact Shawn Thomas at (317) 396-0588, ext. 19 or via email.