Financing Community Redevelopment

Speaker: William Taft, president and CEO of Local Initiatives Support ?Corporation Indianapolis (LISC). FifthThird Bancorp awarded a $100,000 grant to the Indianapolis Southside Quality of Life Plan. LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) in partnership with UIndy, will use the money to support the study and planning process to spur economic development and build a sustainable southside community. Announcement was made at a press conference in CDFAC on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo: University of Indianapolis / D. Todd Moore)

Bill Taft (Photo: University of Indianapolis / D. Todd Moore via LISC Indianapolis)

Last week I published my podcast with Joanna Taft on cultural entrepreneurship. Today the second installment, this time with her husband Bill Taft, the other half of Indy’s community development dynamic duo.

Bill runs LISC Indianapolis.  LISC, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, is the largest community development organization in the United States. It provides grants and loans to community development projects that aren’t able to make it with purely market rate finance. Learn more in the podcast.

But first I’ll ask my listeners to leave a rating for my podcast on iTunes. I have hundreds of listeners, but sadly no ratings yet. So I’d really appreciate you taking the time to leave one. You can type a review if you want to, but even just the star rating would be helpful. Thanks.

Now here’s that podcast. If the audio doesn’t display for you, click over to listen on Soundcloud.

Topics discussed include:

  • 0:00 – About LISC, “the largest community development organization in the country”
  • 3:54 – A case study of the Pogue’s Run Grocer food co-op
  • 6:22 – Do you make profits?
  • 7:40 – Indy’s Great Places 2020 initiative
  • 10:07 – Overcoming NIMBYism in mixed use node development
  • 12:12 – What you need to get right to do community development?

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from Aaron M. Renn


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