Our 2022 Prosperity Indiana Summit theme is Connect to Effect: Building an Equitable Economy for All Hoosiers.  Balancing theory and practice, this Summit will catalyze asset-building strategies, affordable housing opportunities, and system change to impact racial, health, gender, age, and economic disparities within Indiana's rural, urban, and suburban communities.


  • Supporting Microenterprises for Recovery and Resilience - To make capital and technical resources more accessible to minority-owned small businesses, LISC and the City of Indianapolis utilized federal CDBG dollars to create a pilot program for low- to moderate-income microenterprises. The Microenterprise Resource Navigator programs at La Plaza and Kheprw Institute provide funding for navigators and technical assistance to microenterprises. Learn how this program has taken shape; interfaces with other programs; provides meaningful services to the community's smallest businesses; and can be done in your community.

  • Neighborhood-Led Inclusive Economic Development: South Bend's Model - The City of South Bend’s successful development model brings together bankers, architects, city officials, engineers, real estate agents, contractors, and small developers to share resources in completing projects. As a result, small developers successfully complete projects, remain neighborhood-based, and offer affordable commercial and residential spaces to residents while retaining revenue locally. Highlights include changes to municipal code, pre-approvals of plans to reduce construction costs, and publication of a small developer toolkit.
  • Reducing Infant Mortality through Housing: Healthy Beginnings at Home (HBAH) - Indiana persistently ranks among the highest states for the number of babies dying before their first birthday. The state’s infant mortality rate is generally 20 percent higher than the national average and has recently risen for Black infants, despite slightly decreasing among white and Hispanic infants. This presentation will discuss the links between poor infant and maternal health outcomes and housing instability. It will also outline the design and implementation of HBAH, a housing intervention strategy impacting infant health outcomes.


  • How Redlining Bigotry Restructured Our Communities - Lending practices banned 50 years ago created color-coded reference maps leading to disinvestments still prevalent in Indiana communities today. This discussion will offer perspective on the roots of redlining practices, as well as potential solutions to ensure equity in homeownership.
  • Drivers of Indiana's Racial Wealth Gap - This session will enable participants to understand the root causes of Indiana’s Racial Wealth Gap and pursue policies, at the grassroots and grass-top levels, to close the gap. Data and best practices will be combined to help structure a policy, programs, and public/private investment approach to creating an economy that works for all Hoosiers.
  • Land Bank Policy: Engaging Units of Government for Success - Representatives from the Center for Community Progress will share local and national best practices for working with units of government to create, operationalize, and manage land banks. The impact of various business models and opportunities for regional work in rural communities will also be addressed.

Public/Private Investments

  • Effective and Ethical Storytelling: How to Share Stories Respectfully - Storytelling is an essential element to effective communication, and sharing stories plays a key role in maximizing an organization’s overall impact and income. Learning how to gather and share stories that make an impact while honoring integrity, avoiding exploitation, and promoting equity involves thoughtfulness and skill. Done right, stories of struggle can be incredibly inspiring, powerful, and enlightening. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to confidently share stories that will increase awareness and support for your mission!
  • New Market Tax Credits as a Financing Tool to Promote Equity - Securing and managing tax credit programs can be a challenge. During this session, three New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) lenders will explain how the New Markets Tax Credit program can provide financing that functions as or supports philanthropic dollars for projects that promote equity.
  • Leveraging Public and Private Funding to Build a Multi-Level CDC - Comprehensive and thorough analysis of data can aid in the identification of key partners for funding, collaboration, and shared services. In this session, panelist will share information regarding how to leverage funding streams from public and private sources to organize a multi-level Community Development Corporation for optimal community impact.


  • Assessing and Advancing Equity in Organizational Practice - Health by Design and the Indiana Public Health Association convene the Health Equity Action Team (HEAT), a collaborative of community partners throughout Indiana, to address health equity. HEAT participants meet monthly and have moved from simply understanding equity as a principle to prioritizing equity as a practice through assessments, tools and national best practices. The panel will share lessons and challenges; critical conversations held; and a model to operationalize commitments to equity and advance social justice.
  • Strategies to Manage Bias - This program will empower you to understand why bias matters, recognize sources of unrecognized bias, and develop strategies to disrupt bias. Geared toward improving diversity and inclusion in the nonprofit workspace, this session will strive to improve relationships and services to clients while attracting and retaining top talent. This session will enable you to build an inclusive leadership culture for your nonprofit.
  • Supporting Developers of Color - Three developers from Urban Land Institute of Indiana’s REDI program will participate in a thought-provoking discussion regarding the challenges of supporting diversity within the affordable housing development sector.

For additional questions, please contact Marie Beason, Capacity Building Director.

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