Economic & Community Development
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Government and Community Relations Staff:
Why Economic and Community Development?
REALTORS® are instruments of economic & community development and vested partners in the promotion of our region. Central Indiana is a great place to live and work – and we want everyone to know.
For this reason, REALTORS® are involved with organizations that shape decisions on housing and the economy, such as local chambers of commerce, local economic development organizations (LEDOs) and city governments.
Through its economic & community development initiatives, MIBOR REALTORS® work to improve quality of life for the people who already live and work in our 13-county service area and additionally for prospective residents who are looking to call central Indiana home.
These efforts are designed with one goal in mind: to help create stronger, healthier communities run by fiscally sound governments and made up of solid businesses, sound infrastructure, competitive schools, low crime and a safe environment.
What We're Reading...
The Government and Community Relations staff spends time each day monitoring news on a variety of topics related to the real estate industry and the health of our region.
Complete Streets for Safer Walks: NAR Mag Touts Indy Cultural Trail
Indianapolis, Ind., has attracted international attention with its Cultural Trail, an eight-mile bike and pedestrian pathway linking six cultural districts in the city’s downtown area. The Cultural Trail connects museums, galleries, theaters, a growing restaurant scene, bars and other attractions. Planners from U.S. cities and as far away as Cologne, Germany, have visited Indianapolis to see how the trail can serve as a model for similar projects in their communities. More
IEDA Conference: Investing in Long-Term Prosperity in Indiana
Each year the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) hosts its Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Traditionally, the event is a good opportunity to learn about new initiatives, trends, and tools economic and community developers can utilize in strengthening their local economies. More than 130 attendees this year represented expertise and sectors like building development, finance, transportation, real estate, local government, engineering, consultation and education. The theme throughout was strengthening Indiana’s communities and its economy. More
A Place to Live, A Place to Work, A Place to Play
Videos, new websites to help drive community development
A “teaser” video created by the Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce and an accomplished videographer and drone pilot exploded in popularity over the weekend and was shared upwards of a thousand times on Facebook alone. But Chamber executive director Jeff Emsweller said the preview clip, which debuted at the Chamber’s annual banquet last month, is only a sneak peek with much more to come. More
Current Grant Opportunities
How Can We Help Your Community? Placemaking Grants Available.
If you’ve ever noticed how a few benches make a public square more inviting or how a community garden makes a neighborhood feel more livable, then you’ve appreciated placemaking.
Placemaking is a global movement that helps citizens transform their underused public spaces into places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation, and serve common needs. Examples range from playgrounds and public gardens to bike trails and sidewalk seating.
Placemaking can mean many things to many people. There is no standard model in use, but it usually means creating an enjoyable public space where the community can gather. Places that reflect this concept include pedestrian plazas and walkways, parks, community gardens, walking paths, and bike trails.
These projects can include the whole place or an amenity, such a fountain, a mural, seating, landscaping, or swings. Piggybacking on a major project can be an excellent plan. For example, if a new community facility is being built, such as a library, park, or train station, consider creating a gathering place outside the building.
Does your community have an idea for a placemaking project? Do you need help funding the idea? If so, MIBOR has a limited amount of placemaking grants available.
If you have a project planned and would like to be considered for funding, please contact Zach Churney, MIBOR economic and community development liaison at 317-956-5258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Placmaking Grants - in Action!
REALTOR® Grant Transforms Underused Space in Brown County
REALTORS® and city and community partners gathered in Nashville, Indiana to break ground on a pocket park enhancing underused space in the lot behind the Brown County Art Guild and the BETA Teens facility, which houses an after-school program for low-income youth. Click here for more details on this awesome project!
Fortville, IN alley transformation
Fortville, Indiana has seen a "flourishing of new businesses" on its Main Street, which means traffic—foot traffic. Now, with the help of a placemaking micro-grant from the National Association of REALTORS®, and the efforts of the MIBOR REALTOR® Association, what was once an alley has become a pedestrian walkway and community destination.