Inside INdiana Business reports that Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson has kicked off several projects as part of the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative (GINI).
GINI, a partnership between the City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a 3-year program that promotes comprehensive community development to strengthen and improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods. Comprehensive community development focuses on collaboratively improving all aspects of neighborhoods that impact residents' quality of life.
The targeted GINI neighborhoods, selected through a competitive process:
o Near East Side
o Near Southeast Side
o The Binford Road neighborhoods on the northeast side
o Near West Side
o Near Southwest Side
o The Crooked Creek neighborhoods on the northwest side
Great Indy Neighborhoods resulted from the city's first Community Development Summit in 2004, which brought together more than 400 neighborhood leaders, business owners, residents and faith-based organizations to focus on developing a plan for building and sustaining stronger, healthier neighborhoods.