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Posted on September 12th, 2017 in Press Releases

This press release was published by the Indy Chamber

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Today, the Indy Chamber publicly announced the Anchoring Revitalization Program, a sweeping strategy aimed at redevelopment, local hiring and business opportunities around Marion County’s major institutional employers.  Today’s announcement comes after a half-day session with partners and participating anchor institutions to plan the next phases of the program as momentum builds behind a push to encourage anchor employees to live closer to work, spurring neighborhood revitalization across the urban core.

The Anchoring Revitalization Program is a three-pronged approach, with “Live, Buy and Hire” strategies that engage some of the city’s largest university and healthcare campuses, community and cultural institutions that can act as civic and economic “anchors” to the often-challenged areas surrounding them:

  • The “Live” strategy is incentivizing anchor institution employees to purchase or repair a home close to their work. The strategy, which is expected to support more than 125 homeowners, is being facilitated and financed by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP).
  • The “Buy” strategy will increase spending on local goods and services by strengthening supplier relationships among anchors and Indianapolis-based businesses, incentives administered by Develop Indy and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
  • The “Hire” strategy aims to further develop the talent pipeline for anchor institutions, focusing on critical workforce needs with targeting training programs to boost hiring from nearby neighborhoods. The “Hire” incentives are being administered by Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy.

This effort was announced alongside several community partners who are guiding the conversations and strategies including: Ascend Indiana, Develop Indy, EmployIndy, Greenstreet, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Indianapolis (LISC).

“The Anchoring Program is part of our Accelerate Indy strategy to rethink economic development,” said Michael Huber, President & CEO of the Indy Chamber.  “Our anchor institutions can be catalysts for homeownership, employment, homegrown enterprise and investment in our urban core – which is itself the ‘anchor’ of our regional economy.”

The Anchoring Revitalization Program has enlisted some of Indianapolis’ most impactful institutions to participate. These include: Butler University, Community Hospital East, Crown Hill Cemetery Foundation, Eskenazi Health, Health and Hospital Corporation, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis Museum of Art, Marian University, and the University of Indianapolis.

“About three years ago, we convened a small group of thoughtful leaders to help us devise what this anchoring revitalization program could look like,” Huber explained.  “We’re pleased by the enthusiasm and engagement of our institutional partners, and encouraged by the ‘Live’ pilot program led by INHP.  Today we have a growing list of success stories of employees who have purchased or repaired a home near their workplace – adding to the livability of their neighborhood and our city.”

“As the program continues, we hope to expand the number of participating institutions. This program is based in the idea of being open to conversation on new ideas, and our goal is to bring all our anchors together in that conversation,” said Mark Fisher, Chief Policy Officer for the Indy Chamber.


The following statements are representative experiences of our partner organizations and participating anchor institutions so far with the Anchoring Revitalization Program.

“When we were approached with this program and asked to be an anchor institution, the benefit to our employees was obvious, so for us, there was no question that we would participate. The program has helped four on our staff purchase a home, and three more have made exterior repairs.  It’s a compelling benefit that we’re able to offer employees. It’s made a positive difference in the lives of our staff and will, ultimately, have a positive impact on our east side community.”

Scott Teffeteller, President, Community Hospital East

“Our anchor institutions in Indy have a lot of potential to impact economic development locally. Through the live, hire, and buy strategies included in the Anchor Revitalization Program, there is an opportunity to influence the growth of the surrounding communities that has never been explored before. The momentum of these communities will create an opening for us as a City to attract and retain talented workers that will grow our economy.”

Ian Nicolini, Vice President, Develop Indy

“The initial success of the ‘Live’ strategy is a direct result of our local anchor partners’ commitment to community development and their desire to enhance the quality of life for Indianapolis residents. Our anchor institutions are making it possible for their employees to take advantage of the benefits of living close to work, including increased disposable income and a stronger connection to their neighborhood.”

Moira Carlstedt, President and CEO, INHP

“IUPUI has leveraged our resources to maximize our positive impact on the local economy, including a number of staff members taking advantage of the Anchor Housing program to purchase and renovate homes in the area around campus.” Chancellor Paydar continued, “We look forward to building on our partnership in this initiative for the benefit of the community.”

Nasser H. Paydar, Chancellor, IUPUI

“LISC is excited to be part of creating practical ways for anchors to direct more of their purchasing power to benefit neighboring businesses and their employees”

William Taft, Executive Director, LISC

“Whether employees are already homeowners or want to purchase today or in the future, INHP’s comprehensive lending, mortgage and credit advising and home-buying education services are designed to help clients become and remain long-term, successful homeowners. We are proud to be working with Crown Hill Heritage Foundation’s anchor housing program as it will offer funding to any Indianapolis resident hoping to move into the neighborhood.”

Michael McKillip, President, Midtown Indy

Posted on September 11th, 2017 in Press Releases

This press release was published by the City of Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined Fishers Mayor and Vice-Chair of the Central Indiana Council of Elected Officials Scott Fadness to announce a coordinated, unified regional effort to engage Amazon and bring the electronic commerce and cloud computing company’s second headquarters to Central Indiana. In the coming weeks, Mayor Hogsett and Mayor Fadness plan to build a team of local tech, business, and community leaders to develop a comprehensive proposal that highlights Central Indiana’s assets and complements Amazon’s existing presence in Indiana, which currently employs 9,000 in 5 statewide centers.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Central Indiana to come together to highlight our region’s incredible assets and share with national stakeholders what makes Indianapolis a growing hub for technology,” said Mayor Hogsett. “In the coming days, we will convene the best minds from our local tech sector, as well as key business and community leaders, to build on Amazon’s already strong presence in Central Indiana and share the unique story of what Indianapolis has to offer with the world.”

Hogsett and Fadness pointed to Central Indiana’s strong talent pipeline, bolstered by exemplary institutes for higher education; a walkable, livable downtown; and a culture of innovation that has received national recognition from tech leaders, as assets for Amazon.

Over the last decade, Central Indiana has emerged as a leader in innovation and technology for the Midwest. In 2016 alone, Indianapolis and the Central Indiana tech community received national accolades as one of the country’s top tech hubs, with sizeable growth in job creation and a thriving community of women in tech. Currently, over 35,000 people in Marion County are employed in information technology – one of the region’s fastest-growing industries.

Last week’s announcement by Amazon projected the creation of a secondary headquarters would result in 50,000 new jobs with an average compensation exceeding $100,000 per year. Communities across the country have expressed interest in responding to the company’s request for proposals, including Central Indiana.

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Posted on August 17th, 2017 in Press Releases Tags:

EmployIndy and Public Allies Indianapolis support Foundation’s mission of creating pathways to opportunity

(Indianapolis, Ind.) EmployIndy and Public Allies Indianapolis announced today that they each have received Opportunity for All grant awards from The Starbucks Foundation.

The Opportunity for All initiative builds on The Starbucks Foundation’s long history of investing in organizations that create job and education opportunities. The Opportunity for All initiative deepens the foundation’s focus on three populations – youth, veterans and military spouses, and refugees.

This year, the foundation is making $1.41 million in Opportunity for All grants to 41 nonprofits in 27 U.S. cities, ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Additionally, Starbucks partners (employees) will engage and volunteer to help those receiving each organization’s services become job-ready and develop skills to continue on the pathway of opportunity. To learn more about the initiative, please visit:

“We are proud to extend our partnerships with EmployIndy and Public Allies Indianapolis to support their ongoing efforts to create long-term economic opportunities for youth through job readiness, training and additional educational programs,” said DeShonne Jackson, regional director for Starbucks operations in Indiana. “This work forms a key part of our strategy to invest in organizations that are implementing proven, as well as innovative, solutions to help youth get the skills and training they need to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. Our Starbucks partners (employees) in Indianapolis look forward to working with EmployIndy and Public Allies Indianapolis to serve even more young people in the community.”

The Starbucks Foundation awarded EmployIndy with $40,000 to fund a variety of youth services. EmployIndy will catalyze a re-engagement center that holistically integrates best practices and promising approaches for serving youth and young adults, ages 16-24, who are disconnected from either education or employment due to significant barriers that preclude labor force participation. This integration is based off of seven key elements: engagement, empowerment, exposure, explore experience, education, employment. The E^7 Essentials Center will operate in and around the 46235 high-priority zip code in Indianapolis at Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, a neighborhood multi-service center.

“This comprehensive model will co-locate participant services and activities that supportively effect all E^7 essential elements,” said Rodney Francis, senior director of Opportunity Youth Services at EmployIndy, “as well as the 14 WIOA youth elements, developing work, life, and leadership skills that ultimately empower meaningful pathways to employment.”

Public Allies Indianapolis received $30,000 from the foundation for program services. Public Allies is a partnership between the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and Public Allies, a national AmeriCorps program. In Indianapolis, non-profit partner organizations “host” a Public Ally, who fills key roles within the organizations. The Ally serves for ten months, ultimately increasing the organization’s capacity while building the Ally’s leadership skills. More than 80 non-profits have hosted a Public Ally since 2009. Seventy-eight percent of Public Allies graduates stay in Indiana, and 75 percent of graduates are employed by non-profit organizations.

“The financial support from the Starbucks Foundation provides us with greater opportunity to reach populations who face unique challenges in accessing education and employment,” said Vicki Rubio, program director, Public Allies Indianapolis. “We believe ‘everyone leads’ at Public Allies. These funds will help us identify and foster emerging leaders in our community, while increasing the capacity of the non-profits we serve to meet the needs of more youth, veterans and military spouses, and refugees.”

EmployIndy guides the local workforce ecosystem and makes strategic investments to remove barriers to quality employment for underserved and underrepresented residents. As the workforce development board for Marion County, guided by 21 business, civic, education and non-profit community leaders, EmployIndy invests $20 million in public, private and philanthropic funds for both youth and adults annually.

The Indianapolis Resource Center, through facilitation, training and coaching, strengthens the capacity of neighborhood-based organization and neighbors to mobilize existing assets, support grassroots leadership and foster collaboration. INRC was established in 1994 as a private, non-profit organization.

Lara Beck, 317-727-0016 (INRC)
Joe Backe, 317-713-7601 (EmployIndy)