Woodruff EID initiative recognized for Livability Award
The Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis celebrated its 25th Anniversary on April 27th by awarding $25,000 to five community game changers in the Indy region that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn and play. The awards gala took place at the Indiana War Memorial with more than 400 people in attendance. The awards were divided into four categories: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education (LOVE) as well as a people’s choice award decided that evening. A $5,000 award was made in each category and the Woodruff Place Economic Improvement District (EID) was selected as the Livability award recipient as the only successful initiative of its kind in our region.
LISC solicited applications for LOVE awards beginning late 2016. The over 30 applicants were narrowed down to a group of three finalists for each category for which each had a short promotional video made. In addition to vying for a cash award, each finalist had the benefit of having access to these videos which will serve as great tools for spreading the word about their organizations in the future. The Woodruff EID was up against two great Livability finalists, each having their merits. Finalist projects were encouraged to rally supporters to attend the event on the 27th and Woodruff had a robust crew in attendance when the award was announced. The $5,000 will be added to the balance of the EID funds to support additional renovations and preservation of the historic Woodruff Place features.
Left to Right:
First Row: Jennifer Vines, Missy Ellis, Sally Cook, Tom Abeel, Linda Gilkerson, Tessie Lloyd-Jones, Jim Leich, Suzanne Pritchard, Greg Staab
Will Pritchard, Kimball Lloyd-Jones, Jason Eberl, Emily Scott
Residents Darala White Barnett, Charles Neil, and James Ryan also attended (not pictured).