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Indy, Wayne Township Schools Launch Partnership

By Alex Brown, Multimedia Journalist, Inside Indiana Business 1/28/2019

The city of Indianapolis and the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township have unveiled a partnership focused on workforce development and improving neighborhood quality of life. The city says it will allocate $300,000 to fund adult education programs for Marion County residents in opportunity job sectors that are in high-demand but have unfilled positions. An additional $90,000 will go toward the district’s Area 31 Student Construction Vocational Program.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the partnership shows the power of the public and private sectors coming together to not only help adults find jobs, but prepare young people for high-wage jobs that are currently in demand.

“I don’t think that there is anything that warms my heart, and I’m sure I speak for many, many parents throughout the Indianapolis community, for a young person who’s about ready to graduate from high school to truly have many, many different options and many opportunities. That’s what we ought to be giving each and every one of our young people.”

The city says the adult education programs target industries including HVAC, welding, clinical certified medical assisting and dental assisting.

The Area 31 Student Construction Vocational Program provides students with real-world work experience in high-wage, high-demand jobs in Marion County. Monday’s announcement took place at a home built by students enrolled in that program. Area 31 students have built two homes, with a third set to be complete by the end of the school year and construction on a fourth to begin in August.

The city and school district say economic and development nonprofit Indy Gateway played a key role in putting the agreement together. The organization pushes for the revitalization of westside neighborhoods.

Mass Ave Industrial Corridor Short Film

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DURING THE SPRING OF 2016 , RILEY AREA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WORKED WITH ASA GAUEN OF YARDBOX FILMS TO CREATE A SHORT PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FOR THE MASS AVE INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR. THIS FILM CAPTURES THE REDEVELOPMENT STORY AND THE MANY PEOPLE WORKING AND COMPANIES MAKING PRODUCTS IN THIS AREA. YOU CAN VIEW THE VIDEO HERE. THIS VIDEO WAS CREATED TO BE A TOOL FOR A VARIETY OF LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS TO USE WHEN PROMOTING OR SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT THE AREA. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO OPENED THEIR DOORS AND WERE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT INCLUDING LISC INDIANAPOLIS.

Purdue President and West Lafayette Mayor lay the groundwork for State Street Corridor

Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 am

State Street will be a two-way road with an entirely new look and feel by 2018.

“This (project) first started off with annexation, and through the leadership of President Daniels, and through the guidance and understanding of our city council, we were able to do something that’s not yet been done in the history of the state of Indiana … But we felt that was just the beginning — that was the beginning of this amazing and bright future for the city of West Lafayette and Purdue. And part of that future is based upon efficient, effective and safe transportation,” said Mayor John Dennis in a Q & A session before the State Street Project presentation Wednesday. Read more…