Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

  • Design
  • Neighborhoods
  • Economic Mobility
  • Education

Website
http://liscindianapolis.org/

Primary Contact
William Taft
Executive Director
Contact via email

Mission statement

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Indianapolis (LISC) is a not-for-profit that exists to help resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy sustainable ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs.

Actions

Actions are activities derived from the Plan 2020 planning process that a partner has committed to implement.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is working on the following actions:

Neighborhoods

Strategy

Develop desirable baseline criteria for all neighborhoods.

Action

Expand the number of grass-roots driven planning efforts, such as Quality of Life planning, as the baseline framework for working with neighborhoods

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

70%

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Status on April 25, 2017
In 2016, LISC completed the South Indy Quality of Life Plan and unveiled the Maple Crossing Great Place plan, the River West Great Place plan, and the Englewood Village Great Place plan. In 2017, LISC has begun the process for two new Great Places plans, Twin Aire and 25th and MLK. These are slated to be unveiled in late 2017.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Grow supportive services for adult workers seeking to overcome barriers to gaining employment at wages that will get them out of poverty.

Action

Create a network of Bridge workforce training programs that link Centers for Working Families with technical certification programs

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

45%

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Status on April 25, 2017
LISC is currently supporting Bridge Workforce training programs at four sites in Indianapolis neighborhoods: Southeast Community Services, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, John H. Boner Center, and Edna Martin Christian Center. Future plans include partnering more intentionally with Employ Indy to expand the bridge workforce training program.
Design

Strategy

Leverage philanthropic, grant, tax and development dollars to enhance existing pipeline projects in order to ensure high-quality design and best-practice implementation.

Action

Explore the creation of a Design Center

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2016

Progress

55%

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Status on April 25, 2017
LISC has partnered with Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning to collocate services at the Platform, providing additional synergy for neighborhood partners seeking design and planning.
Education

Strategy

Ensure that every neighborhood has high quality schools serving their residents.

Action

Prioritize individual school level reform efforts within villages, existing and proposed

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

55%

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Status on April 25, 2017
LISC has supported increased quality education in each of the three Great Places, with significant impact on IPS Schools 43 and 15.

Affiliate Projects

Affiliate projects are independent projects that are significantly aligned with the strategies of The Bicentennial Plan, and while not derived directly from the Plan 2020 planning process, have been accepted as mutually reinforcing activities.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is working on the following projects:

Education

Great Places 2020

http://www.greatplaces2020.org

The goal of Great Places 2020 is to transform neighborhoods and spur urban revitalization to help address the following challenges:

  • High levels of pollution and obesity
  • High unemployment and poverty rates in certain areas
  • Population loss to neighboring counties
  • Low graduation rates

Recent efforts–such as the Super Bowl Legacy initiative–have demonstrated that a coordinated and strategic focus on neighborhood revitalization can bring about fundamental change in a targeted area. Great Places 2020 hopes to similarly structure initial funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. Investments in each Great Place will be organized into four outcomes: