Placemaking Newsletter - September 2018

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Placemaking Newsletter - September 2018

Placemaking Indiana’s monthly newsletter celebrates placemaking happening locally and nationally. We share placemaking trends and opportunities to inspire and support the work you do in your communities.


Development Combines Housing and Energy Research

An Evansville development that will serve as a smart energy research hub with residential and retail uses broke ground in August.


Indiana Plans for More Trails

The Indiana Bicycle Trails Task Force reports it is meeting its goals to develop actionable concepts to connect existing bike trails throughout Indiana. 


Easier Access to Fresh Foods

Access to fresh, healthy foods is an issue for many Indiana communities. A transportation system in Gary has partnered with community groups and small, local farms to provide easier access to fresh food through farmers markets near their bus stops.   

Funding Opportunities

  • Have a great idea for that vacant lot or a new community event? Check out IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program!
  • The Indiana DNR Division of Forestry’s Community and Urban Forestry Assistance grants are due September 28th. The funding is to inventory, plan, evaluate, educate, and plant trees.
  • INDOT’s Community Crossings Matching Grant for shovel ready local construction projects is due on September 28th.
  • The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is accepting CDBG grant applications until October 5, 2018.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities is offering Humanities Connections Planning and Implementation grants to expand the roles of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four- year institutions. Deadline is October 17, 2018.
  • The Indiana Arts Commission is offering grant funding for direct arts education through its Partnering Arts, Communities and Education grant program. Applications due November 2, 2018.
  • The Indiana Office of Tourism Development offers grants to local governments and non-profits for tourism promotion and development. Call for applications begins in September and applications are due December 3, 2018.
  • The Walmart Foundation is providing grants for community development projects for the benefit of low income populations. Application are due on December 31, 2018.  

      Webinars and Conferences

        Resources, Guides and Case Studies

        • Check out Gehl Institute’s tools to help you measure how people use public spaces and to better understand the relationships between people, use, and public space.
        • Want to learn about farmers markets? The Farmers Market Coalition’s website offers information for new and experienced markets.
        • Coffee trails, chocolate + football, or unexpected art offerings…it’s not too early to plan those fall break Indiana getaways!

          Read, Listen, Watch

          • A recently published book ponders if food trucks bridge cultural and food access gaps, or further the divides.
          • The 99% Invisible website and podcast focuses on design and takes a closer look at the things we don’t often see or hear about.
          • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is a documentary that tells the story of a once marveled housing development that eventually came to symbolize a stereotype about affordable housing and its residents.

            Placemaking in the News


                        Carmen Lethig

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                        Carmen Lethig, IHCDA Placemaking Manager at or 317.234.6290. If your agency has a new staff member who wishes to receive this newsletter, please e-mail