Date(s) - 10/17/2015
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Kickoff and Keynote Speaker: 9am
- Karen E Laine of HGTV’s ‘Two Chicks and a Hammer”
Karen is a mother of four adult children who are her best and most important work. She has been a practicing attorney since 1992. She and her daughter, Mina, started rehabbing houses in 2007 when she bought her first house. They decided after their third rehab that they had a business, named it “Two Chicks and a Hammer” and have gradually developed a business philosophy and distinctive style. She and Mina live next door to each other in houses they rehabbed in Fountain Square. They have purchased over 30 properties, have completed 20 rehab projects and are currently working on 5 projects.
Session 1: 10am-11am
- Lighting the Way to Home Ownership: Houses into Homes
Learn about home acquisition and repair experiences that also renew neighborhoods and build neighbor relationships.
- Carrots and Carburetors: Dynamic Partnerships Fueling Community Change
Total grassroots efforts have sparked unlikely partnerships to overcome stereotypes. Experience firsthand one neighborhood’s developing relationships that honor everyone’s gifts, talents, skills and abilities.
- Fueling our Future Through Food
Using urban agriculture to create community and opportunity.
- Redefining Partnerships for Youth Empowerment
Learn how to engage your community through proactive partnerships that empower community members of all ages.
- Generating A Destination: Placemaking on the Water
Learn how neighborhoods use natural assets like our waterways to create places and spaces that celebrate the power of people.
- Zoning 101: An IndyRezone Primer
Learn how zoning codes and proposed changes will help moderate development in neighborhoods.
- Historic Preservation 101: Get the Buzz on Historic Preservation
Demystifying the process of preserving historic neighborhoods.
Session 2: 11:15am-12:15pm
- The Art of the Place: An Engine for Change
Art can help beautify, create gathering spaces and build community. Learn about three projects that model how art can strengthen neighborhoods.
- From Few to Many: Creating a Force for Change
Hear from neighborhoods who came together to attract positive community development, and learn anecdotes and strategies employed to draw positive neighborhood-friendly businesses.
- Energizing Community Through Celebrating Culture
Learn about two neighborhoods who have both found unique ways to celebrate all of their community’s strengths and heritage.
- Building Momentum:Marketing Your Neighborhood
This workshop focuses on ways to establish a branding image for your neighborhood and how to market that image in a variety of ways to raise your neighborhood’s profile.
- Community And Schools: A dynamic Duo
Learn how resident leaders can promote the best from partners and schools for the benefit of their community, increasing engagement in neighborhood schools.
- DCE 101: Get the Upload On Code Enforcement
Learn how the Department of Code Enforcement works to increase safety and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods.
- Abandoned Housing & Brownfields 101: Recharge your Neighborhood
Learn how neighborhoods and the City can work together to redevelop abandoned properties.
- Lunch is provided free!
- Mayoral candidates Chuck Brewer and Joe Hogsett will each share thoughts on their neighborhood visions
Session 3: 1:30pm-2:30pm
- Neighborhood Forum: This forum will allow residents the opportunity to voice their concern/support/opinions on topics of interest to our entire city, in a setting where the decision makers who can act on those voices will hear their concerns. Two topics have been selected, and residents will have 2 minutes each to share their opinions, much like in a public hearing setting. Our two topics this year are: The Importance of Pre-K education, and Activating Youth for Positive Change. Both of these topics are of strong interest no matter where you live in our city. We are inviting City Councilors, those running for Council, Mayoral Candidates (who are both speaking at our lunch), State Representatives, School board members, and the superintendents from each school district, Public Safety, the Prosecutor’s Office, representatives from Your Life Matters, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, and United Way.
- Think Tank: Local residents have great ideas for a variety of neighborhood projects, but may not know how to begin, or are stuck in the process. Neighbors will have five minutes to present their project to a panel of local resource experts to receive guidance and support about next steps.
RePower! Awards: 2:40pm-3:30pmiCal