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  • 16 Nov 2016 3:21 PM | Jessica Love

    INDIANAPOLIS – On November 16, the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) hosted the Prosperity Indiana Summit and its 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing. In celebration of IACED’s 30th anniversary, the organization revealed its new brand, Prosperity Indiana. Additionally, during the summit’s luncheon, an annual award presentation took place to honor community and organization leadership and program excellence.

    “For 30 years, IACED’s work has meant focusing on the key assets of local people mobilizing collective action to advance local places and our state. The new brand embodies a more authentic and approachable way to convey our vision and work,” said Executive Director Andy Fraizer.pin-logo-horizontal-lockup-rgb-fnl

    The new brand, Prosperity Indiana, better embodies the comprehensive work IACED delivers to strengthen Indiana communities. The rebranding was generously supported in part by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Visit the new website at http://www.prosperityindiana.org.

    The summit was made possible in part from the generous support of the premier sponsor the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, platinum sponsor PNC Bank and track sponsors Merchants Bank of Indiana and Vectren. PNC Bank, an IACED member and funder lent support in the re-branding effort.

    “Community economic development is and always has been about prosperity development that focuses on people, places, and opportunity. Prosperity Indiana’s work champions this convergence. The new brand calls all Hoosier neighbors to engage in creating vibrant places and resilient families,” said Rachel McIntosh, Vice President of PNC Community Development Banking and chairperson for the Communications Committee who led the re-branding efforts.

    During the 30th Anniversary luncheon, IACED celebrated people and organizations that are strengthening Indiana’s communities with its annual award ceremony.

    • John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award
      Charles Heintzelman, Milestone Ventures
    • Michael Carroll Community Economic Development Leadership Award
      James Taylor, John Boner Neighborhood Center
    • Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award
      Gladys Muhammad, South Bend Heritage Foundation
    • Key Award for Services Program of the Year
      Back Home in Indiana Alliance, Indianapolis

    The summit featured a number of expert panelists to discuss matters within its two tracks of content: policymaking and placemaking for building resilient families and vital communities. Panelists for the policymaking track included John Ketzenberger, president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and Ed Feigenbaum, leader of INGroup, State senators, Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) and Doug Eckerty (R-Muncie). Other panelists included IACED, Ice Miller, LLP, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Brightpoint, Indiana Legal Services, and Jewish Community Relations Council.

    The second track, placemaking, featured national and state expertise. Mayor Brooks Fetters of Huntington discussed the community’s strategies for activation and economic development. Other panelists were featured from the Harrison Center for the Arts, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU Public Policy Institute, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Eyedart Creative Studio, Rundell Ernstberger Associates and Big Car Collaborative.


    IACED launches its new brand, Prosperity Indiana, during its 30th Anniversary Celebration luncheon.

    About Indiana Association for Community Economic Development D/B/A Prosperity Indiana

    Community economic development is any local action that creates economic opportunities and improves social conditions, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged. Founded in 1986, the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) is a statewide organization that supports a network of organizations that builds vital communities and resilient families. We advocate for public policies and assist the network in developing comprehensive solutions that engage local leadership to generate private and public investment.

    For more information, please contact:

    Jessica Love
    Prosperity Indiana

    Amber Medwetz
    Three Sixty Group

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