Before we plow head-first into 2019, let’s take a moment to celebrate and reflect on an exciting 2018. Here are just a few of the things Downtown Indy, Inc. accomplished this year thanks to the support of our many members. Cheers!
LEVERAGED KEY PARTNERSHIPS TO STIMULATE BOLD IDEAS RESULTING IN PUBLIC SPACE FUNDING
DII stepped out to coalesce support to activate public spaces with bold plans resulting in $7.8 million from Lilly Endowment for Monument Circle activation that will breathe revitalized energy into the “people’s plaza” in coordination with the Indiana War Memorials Commision. Additional efforts led to the newly opened, $1.5 million Colts Canal Playspace and a renewed commitment from DPW for funding of Georgia Street and new grants to reimagine the Cultural Districts.
PROVIDED FOCUSED LEADERSHIP AROUND HOMELESS OUTREACH EFFORTS
After launching Street Reach Indy in 2017, DII continued advocacy and action to reduce homelessness and mitigate aggressive panhandling through coordinated interaction with members, CHIP, IMPD, the City/County Council and the Mayor’s Office. From hosting multiple business stakeholder gatherings to providing counsel on the “No Sit/No Lie” proposed ordinance language, DII’s efforts influenced a reduction in chronic homelessness Downtown, helped leverage a $75,000 Anthem grant to Street Reach Indy and a $500,000 commitment from the Mayor’s Office to assist. DII efforts had noticeable results. And we’re just starting.
INCREASED MEMBER ENGAGEMENT THROUGH GROWING LINE-UP OF CONNECTIONS/FORUMS
Downtown Indy, Inc. demonstrated its community engagement role by launching a series of member events raising DII’s profile among elected leaders, civic champions and corporate partners. Based on member surveys and interviews, new and updated member events/forums were launched to increase opportunities for engagement including the keystone celebration of DII’s 25th Anniversary – “Pushing Boundaries.” Other gatherings focused on dockless scooters, homelessness and retail. DII engaged our members in new, interactive ways.
INCREASED DATA-DRIVEN CONTENT INFLUENCING RETAIL PROJECTS AND PLANNING
DII launched St’artUp 317 that matched young brands, established businesses wanting to test a new market, startups and artists, with vacant and under-utilized first floor commercial space in Downtown. Additional efforts led to a comprehensive City-funded $50,000 retail study that paralleled DII’s participation in the International Downtown Association’s The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities study to demonstrate impact and influence.
COORDINATED STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS TO MOVE PROJECTS FORWARD
DII’s Parking Partnership doubled in size in 2018 and accomplished a unified parking wayfinding plan backed by the City for implementation. The plan includes gateway, directional and property-specific signs. DII’s Security Partnership increased fivefold with emphasis on topical dialogue including panhandling, police coverage mobilization based on trouble spots and IMPD/membership engagement. A re-engineered Beautification Partnership was formed with a focus on a comprehensive Downtown beautification plan and volunteer mobilization — the most notable involved Rolls Royce and the painting of landscape railings along Washington Street.
We look forward to another rewarding year focusing on Downtown’s economic success, vitality and livability. Cheers to a safe and happy new year!