NeighborPower Indy | 2017 Award Winners
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2017 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Winners!


 Building Local Economy  

 Old Southside Neighborhood Association


In late 2015, the Old Southside Neighborhood Association Board of Directors began serious discussions with City-County Councillor Jeff Miller, State Representative Justin Moed, & Lisa Laflin, Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate, about the abandoned & vacant houses & commercial properties in the neighborhood. Six individuals from the neighborhood worked over a period of seven months to plan the Property Showcase. Among the invitees to the showcase included developers, investors & potential homeowners. The Property Showcase, held June 25, 2016, welcomed more than 130 people — far exceeding expectations — & highlighted the many opportunities for living, working & commercial growth in the Old Southside. Neighborhood stakeholders were on hand to talk with visitors about the various assets in the neighborhood.


Since the Property Showcase, there has been a noticeable increase in renovations. At least ten houses have been demolished & an equal amount sold. Two hotels & three apartments buildings are in the planning stages & HGTV’s “Two Chicks & a Hammer” have purchased two houses on Meridian Street.


Connecting Community Award

 The Greater Twin Aire Area

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Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) has gathered a diverse group of neighborhoods & ideas to assemble the Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition. The goal for this ongoing project is to provide education & skills to better enable the neighbors to get together, communicate, learn, & lay out THEIR vision for the future of THEIR community. This coalition developed the Twin Aire Vision Plan. This plan is a template for how the residents would like to see their neighborhood develop. The process involved several neighborhoods, partners, & funders, including five neighborhood associations, Citizens Energy, Kroger, Southeast Community Services, & SEND. The results of this project include bringing much needed attention to this area by playing a part in securing a Promise Zone designation, a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, commercial improvements, community development, the Great Places 2020 designation, & the area’s selection as a site for the Law & Justice Center, which will bring more than $500 million in investment to an area that less than three years ago was unknown to most people in Indianapolis.


Inspiring Places Award

 Ransom Place Park


Ransom Place Park, completed as a gateway along the Cultural Trail to expose the public to the civic value of the area’s African-American heritage, provides a place for community events. In an effort to stem the loss of this critical cultural knowledge, Ransom Place Neighborhood Association was awarded a greenspace grant from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful & Indianapolis Power & Light to transform a small, triangular grassy lot it owned into an outdoor classroom for all of Indianapolis. Residents met over a period of six months to craft an appropriate design. Residents agreed that historic images of area residents & structures was the best way to engage the public. The park features a small raised deck, seating for events & a decorative rosetta of commemorative bricks. A dedication ceremony was held on June 17, 2016.


Honorable Mentions

 I Am Ubuntu: IndyEast Diversity & Inclusion


The Near Eastside ReEntry Expo brought together neighbors, service providers, business owners, city representatives, & community leaders from Indianapolis’ eastside to celebrate neighbors who have returned from being incarcerated. The Expo’s goal was to bridge relationships between those who are impacted by incarceration & those who are not, & to begin to build a network of relationships within a supportive community that promotes successful reentry.

The 2016 ReEntry Expo took place on April 23 & hosted about 100 attendees. It included community dialogues, a service provider fair, free haircuts for reentering neighbors, a catered dinner, live entertainment & family friendly activities.


 No Black On Black Slaying (No BOBS)


No BOBS’ mission is to reduce violence. They aim to prevent violence, to save lives, to reduce prison populations & recidivism, to offer alternatives to violence, & to work with other like-minded organizations. To make neighborhoods safer, No BOBS has a crime fighting program that presents innovative ways to change minds through the community’s assistance & No BOBS’ presence, education, & more.

Within the boundaries of Riverside Park to Boulevard Place & Watkins Park to Golden Hill Park, No BOBS created the “Feed A Family for A Month Program,” where they supply weeks’ worth of food for families whose breadwinner has been slain, as well as the “Food for Funerals Program,” to help families bury a loved one.