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Carmel Mayor Sue Finkam Appoints Nick Weber as Executive Director of Economic Development

CARMEL, IN – Mayor Sue Finkam announced that she has appointed Nick Weber as Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Carmel. With extensive experience in economic development investment for both the public and private sectors, Weber will serve on Mayor Finkam’s leadership team, and lead the City’s …

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Intend Indiana Receives $5M New Markets Tax Credit Award

INDIANAPOLIS – Intend Indiana, through its Affordable HomeMATTERS initiative, has closed a $5 million New Market Tax Credit award to support its affordable housing projects in Indianapolis. New Markets Tax Credits help incentivize community development and economic growth through the use of tax credits that attract private investment to …

Renewed Grant Program Helps Preserve and Support Historic African American Sites

INDIANAPOLIS – Applications are open for two funds created to honor the legacy of an Eli Lilly chemist by providing grants to organizations working to preserve significant African American landmarks in Indiana.

Standiford “Stan” Cox, who passed away in February 2019, joined Eli Lilly and Co. in 1957 as …

Sacred Places Indiana Awards more than $2 Million to Support Historic Houses of Worship

INDIANAPOLIS – Seven congregations around the state have received grants from Indiana Landmarks through the Sacred Places Indiana Fund to address significant capital needs at their historic houses of worship. The awards mark the first round of grants since the fund was established in 2023 with support from Lilly Endowment …

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Unlocking Urban Potential: How Indianapolis Could Learn from Japan's Zakkyo Buildings

In the bustling urban centers of Japan, where land is at a premium, a distinctive architectural phenomenon thrives: the zakkyo building.

Rooted in the intricate web of property laws and the economic realities of urban development, these structures exemplify innovation in architectural adaptation and efficient land utilization.

Zakkyo buildings, also …

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City of Carmel Releases Plans for Next Phase of Monon Expansion

CARMEL, IN - The next phase of the expansion of the popular Monon Greenway through the urban core of Carmel will take shape next spring. The City of Carmel and Rundell Ernstberger Associates are releasing artist renderings of the expanded trail, playgrounds and public gathering spaces. This project will be …

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Ball State University Receives $35 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment to Advance Village Revitalization Plan

MUNICE, IN – Ball State University has received a grant of $35 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative, College and Community Collaboration (CCC). The grant will support the University’s ambitious, long-term plan to revitalize The Village, the commercial district adjacent to Ball State’s campus.

The majority of the …

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Dramatic Decarbonization: Opportunities and Challenges for the Hoosier State

Three years ago, the White House established a task force to help facilitate the organization and deployment of a government-wide approach to climate action. Within a year, the federal government set ambitious long-term goals for decarbonizing the electrical grid in the United States. These goals are part of a broader …

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Awarded AWS Grant for Playground Accessibility

FORT WAYNE, IN – AWS Foundation recently awarded a $215,000 grant to Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation for accessibility upgrades at some neighborhood parks. These improvements will be made over the next three years in conjunction with a larger initiative to update several park areas.

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Fort Wayne Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program Returns in 2024

FORT WAYNE, IN – The City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division announced that the 2024 Neighborhood Improvement Grant program is open and accepting applications. This is the seventh consecutive year for the program, designed to support neighborhood projects by beautifying public spaces and strengthening community identity. The program requires …

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Gov. Holcomb Announces Meta to Build $800M Data Center Campus in Indiana

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined executives of Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ: META) recently as the company announced plans to establish a new $800 million data center campus in Indiana. The new facility in Jeffersonville will support approximately 100 operational jobs and hundreds of construction jobs in the …

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800-Room Signia Hotel Set to Begin Construction in Downtown Indy

INDIANAPOLIS– Global hospitality leader Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced the official signing of a management agreement for the 800-room Signia by Hilton Indianapolis, growing the existing Signia by Hilton portfolio. Currently under construction and expected to open in late 2026, the new-build Signia by Hilton Indianapolis will serve as the latest …

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Ribbon-Cutting Hosted at Newly-Expanded Center for Leadership Development

INDIANAPOLIS – In December, Indianapolis City Council President Vop Osili joined Mayor Hogsett and Congressman Andre Carson to cut the ribbon on the newly-expanded Center for Leadership Development (CLD). Additional locations will serve as an extension of the main CLD campus, housed on the northwest side of Indianapolis, providing educational …

Fort Wayne Neighborhood Infrastructure Upgrades Total over $40M in 2023

FORT WAYNE, IN – City of Fort Wayne leaders announced a record of over $40 million in neighborhood infrastructure improvements occurred throughout the community this construction season.

Mayor Tom Henry and Public Works Division leaders joined other elected officials and neighborhood advocates to highlight the North Triangle neighborhood improvement project, …

Indianapolis City-County Council Unanimously Passes 2024 Budget

Indianapolis –The Indianapolis City-County Council unanimously passed Mayor Hogsett’s $1.56 billion City-County operating budget, the largest in the city’s history and the seventh balanced budget.

“The bipartisan support for Mayor Hogsett’s budget reflects its alignment with the priorities of constituents across our city’s 25 Council districts,” said President Vop Osili …

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Rethink Coalition Unveils Vision for I-65/I-70 Urban Transformation Project

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rethink Coalition unveils a compelling vision for the future of Indianapolis’s urban infrastructure, presenting new renderings of a recessed I-65/I-70 interstate Inner Loop that promises to reshape the cityscape. The Coalition is sharing the conceptual graphics on its new website, a comprehensive platform designed to engage the …

Aspire Announces 2024 Legislative Priorities

Johnson County, IN – Aspire Johnson County, the local economic development organization and chamber of commerce for Johnson County, announces its priorities for the 2024 Indiana General Assembly session: supporting quality early childhood education expansion and supporting creative workforce incentives.

“Workforce development issues continue to determine the degree of …

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Pure Development, Mayor Hogsett, and Indianapolis City-County Council Break Ground on North Mass Expansion

INDIANAPOLIS – Pure Development, Third Street Ventures, Stenz Construction Corporation, and the City of Indianapolis broke ground today on the next phase of the North Mass District. On the heels of the successful Box Factory Project, the development team is moving forward with two new projects: The …

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Officials Cut Ribbon on $40M Kankakee Welcome Center

JASPER, IN – Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), public officials and contracting partners for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the newly-constructed Kankakee Welcome Center on southbound I-65 near mile marker 231 in Jasper County.

“Indiana lives up to our destination …

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Noblesville, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and NBA Officials Break Ground on Event Center at Innovation Mile

NOBLESVILLE, IN – Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen was joined by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and Pacers Sports & Entertainment CEO Rick Fuson to officially break ground on the Noblesville Events Center and future home of the Pacers G League franchise at Innovation Mile. The 3,400-seat, 120,000 sq. ft. arena …

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Hobbs Station Mixed-Use Development in Plainfield Prioritizes the Pedestrian Experience

Governor Eric J. Holcomb visited the Town of Plainfield in late October to commemorate the ongoing development of Hobbs Station, a $300 million mixed-use community set to bring new residential, commercial, and office spaces together into one centralized, accessible location.

Collective efforts made by key stakeholders such as the Indiana …

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Design Collaborative Celebrates Topping Off of Two Major Projects

FORT WAYNE, IN – Design Collaborative (DC), is excited to announce that progress on The Pearl continues to push forward. In August, the project celebrated a major milestone of the uppermost steel beam being placed. This ceremony symbolizes a job well done thus far. On track to complete in the …

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NewCold Doubles Investment in Lebanon with $150 Million Expansion

LEBANON, IN – NewCold announced the expansion of its Lebanon facility, doubling its capital investment in the community, with more than $300 million now earmarked for the project.

NewCold is a leader in advanced automated temperature-controlled warehouses and is one of the fastest-growing food logistics companies globally. The company announced …

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Noblesville, Pacers Sports & Entertainment Announce New G League Partnership

NOBLESVILLE, IN – In May, the City of Noblesville announced a transformational partnership with Pacers Sports & Entertainment to bring the Mad Ants, the company’s affiliate in the NBA G League, to Noblesville. THE NBA G League is the second most prominent men’s basketball league in the world, behind …

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Ball State Earns Top Prize in International Competition for Student Design and Construction Work

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ball State University’s R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (ECAP) students—with faculty leads, design advisors, and interdisciplinary consultants—earned the grand prize in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2023 Build Challenge. Ball State’s ECAP was named the 2023 Build Challenge Overall Winner during the …

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New $20,000 Scholarship Aimed at Educating Future Black Preservation Leaders

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Indiana Landmarks’ Black Heritage Preservation Program is launching a college scholarship program for Indiana residents who identify as Black or African American and who are attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university.

One $20,000 scholarship to cover education-related expenses at an accredited college …

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Indianapolis Zoo Announces The Campaign for Our Zoo, Our Community, Our World

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indianapolis Zoo recently announced The Campaign for Our Zoo, Our Community, Our World, which funds multiple major initiatives highlighted by a guest Welcome Center experience, Global Center for Species Survival, and the new International Chimpanzee Complex. The $53 million capital investment will expand guest capacity with …

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Southeast Fort Wayne Revitalization Continues with Pontiac Street Market

FORT WAYNE, IN – Mayor Tom Henry and the City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division led a celebration ceremony recently to mark the beginning of construction on a full-service grocery store in southeast Fort Wayne at 918. E. Pontiac St. The City of Fort Wayne and Parkview Regional Medical …

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Eleven Park Designs Unveiled & Groundbreaking Announced

INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven & Keystone Group recently unveiled renderings and announced May 2023 groundbreaking plans for Eleven Park, the transformational neighborhood development set to change the southwest quadrant of downtown Indianapolis.

Diamond Chain, the former company on the property, has recently ceased production at the facility and will vacate …

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Grant Program Helps Preserve and Support Historic African American Sites

INDIANAPOLIS – Two funds honoring the legacy of an Eli Lilly chemist will provide grants to organizations working to preserve significant African American landmarks in Indiana.

Standiford “Stan” Cox, who passed away in February 2019, joined Eli Lilly and Co. in 1957 as its first Black chemist and was …

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BEEBE Design Creates Dynamic Pine Village Elementary Design for Tight-Knit Community

With a population just over 200 people according to 2020 census, Pine Village, Indiana, has been home to several remarkable structures over the years, including a two-story, 1909 Italian Romanesque-style elementary school (which eventually burned down), and a 1940 Midwestern-Art-Deco-style gymnasium.

Heavily crowded and in need of numerous repairs, Pine …

Irvington Takes First Step Toward Indiana Main Streets Designation

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch recently announced that 14 communities in Indiana were welcomed into the Office of Community and Rural Affairs Indiana Main Streets Program, including for the first time two communities in Indianapolis. Irvington and Mass Ave District.

Irvington Development Organization (IDO), representing one of the most …

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Exhibit Columbus Announces 2023 Design Presentations, Participants Present Concepts for Fall 2023 Exhibition

COLUMBUS, IN — Exhibit Columbus announces its second major event of the 2022–23 cycle Public by Design, the 2023 Design Presentations, on February 25 at the Commons in downtown Columbus.

“This is going to be a special day for Exhibit Columbus as we reveal all of the design concepts connected …

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Sacred Places Indiana Receives $10 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A $10 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., will help greatly expand Indiana Landmarks’ Sacred Places Indiana program, which helps congregations across the state maintain their historic structures and thrive as spiritual centers in their communities.

Shrinking attendance at churches nationwide leaves fewer resources to …

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Portia Bailey-Bernard Wins 40 Under 40 in Economic Development Award

INDIANAPOLIS – Portia Bailey-Bernard, senior vice president of local economic development for the Indy Chamber, has been announced as a recipient of the Development Counsellors International 2023 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award, the biennial award recognizing rising stars under 40 years old in the economic development industry. …

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Committee Hearings in Full Swing at the Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS – The 123rd session of the Indiana General Assembly has been very active with committee hearings in both the House and Senate. AIA Indiana has testified on bills regarding historic preservation and building code matters. AIA Indiana has also been busy working on professional licensing and housing

SB 174, …

16 Tech Awards $325k in Community Investment Fund Grants

INDIANAPOLIS – 16 Tech Community Corporation, the non-profit organization leading the physical and programmatic development of the 16 Tech Innovation District, announced $325,000 in grant awards to 11 resident-endorsed projects that directly benefit the vitality of nearby neighborhoods.

This marks the fourth cycle of funding of the 16 Tech …

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Shaping the Future of Research

Butler University recently completed construction on the Levinson Family Hall addition, which connects two 70s-era buildings – Gallahue Hall and Holcomb Building – without erasing their distinctive international style.

Levinson Family Hall also gathers dispersed departments and programs under one roof, marrying historically significant science programs with modern lab and …

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City of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment Announce $80 Million in Funds for Indy Parks

INDIANAPOLIS – As Indy Parks explores opportunities to enhance and evaluate future park development, Indy Parks partners with neighborhood groups to create park master plans. Thanks to funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Hogsett administration's Circle City Forward initiative, and a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, …

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IU Health upsizes downtown hospital project to better serve Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Construction is in full swing on Indiana University Health’s new downtown hospital and expanded medical campus, which will bring a next-generation acute-care adult hospital to Indiana. The significant project at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue will combine operations of IU Health Methodist and University hospitals upon its …

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Franciscan Health and Forté Sports Medicine Open New Orthopedic Hospital in Carmel

The Franciscan Orthopedic Hospital of Carmel is dedicated to excellence in orthopedic specialty care, sports medicine and high-performance results for high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. This unique healthcare campus is located along the U.S. 31 corridor in the southwest corner of Carmel, Indiana.

Designed by MSKTD & Associates, …

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Indiana Landmarks Awards more than $170,000 to Save Meaningful Places

INDIANAPOLIS – In 2022, Indiana Landmarks awarded more than $170,000 to help nonprofits and cities around Indiana save meaningful places. Drawing from a variety of funds, these grants support efforts ranging from architectural assessments and repairs at historic houses of worship to digital walking tours and workshops, videos and summer …

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IU Health Files Design Plans for Support Building, Utility Plant

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University Health has outlined design plans for a multi-use support building and a utility plant to serve its new downtown Indianapolis hospital under construction at its expanding healthcare campus south of 16th Street.

Filed recently with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission, the plans call for a support …

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IndyGo Receives Grant from IU Health for Bus Stop Upgrades, Additional Access to Public Transportation

INDIANAPOLIS — The IndyGo Foundation was recently awarded $384,594 in grant funding from IU Health’s Community Impact Investment Fund (CIIF) to provide essential infrastructure improvements on Indianapolis’ Eastside and free and reduced-cost access to public transportation. IndyGo’s Foundation will receive the funds over a two-year period.

Funds will go …

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Setting the Tone: IU Health Taps Local Firms to Construct First Major Building on Expanded Downtown Campus

Indiana University Health is constructing a medical office building (MOB) and parking garage in downtown Indianapolis at the intersection of 16th Street and Capitol Avenue called Capitol View. Together with the new downtown hospital (being built across Capitol Avenue to the west and connected via glass pedestrian bridge), Capitol View …

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Schmidt Associates Incorporates Distinctive Design Elements at the International School of Indiana

In 2019, the International School of Indiana (ISI) launched the ‘ONE ISI’ campaign to fund the construction of a lower school on its Michigan Road campus. The Chen Family Lower School groundbreaking took place in October 2020, with successful completion in March 2022.

The idea behind ISI dates back to …

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Pride and Progress

A $23 million redevelopment project several years in the making is already living up to its aspirations, bringing a palpable new energy and improved quality of life to the citizens of Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Square is a stellar example of the essential connection between economic vitality and investment in public space …

Major Private Invest Planned for North River Site in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, IN – The City of Fort Wayne Administration and Community Development Division recently announced a major private investment is planned for the North River site.

More Brewing Company, which has three locations in the Chicago area, is planning to invest approximately $6 million to build a two-story, 16,000 …

Marian University’s E. S. Witchger School of Engineering receives approval from the Higher Learning Commission

INDIANAPOLIS – Marian University’s new E. S. Witchger School of Engineering has received formal approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the accrediting body for degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the central United States. With the HLC’s full accreditation, Marian University will officially begin enrolling its first class of engineering …

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City Celebrates Opening of Greenwood Fieldhouse

GREENWOOD, IN – Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers recently joined city and community leaders to officially open Greenwood’s newest public amenity, the Greenwood Fieldhouse. The 65,000-square-foot facility, located on the site of the former Greenwood Middle School, is a modern sports and fitness complex that will expand indoor sport options. …

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Labor Shortage is a Universal Issue in the Construction Industry

The ever-growing labor shortage is a universal issue, affecting nearly every business sector that relies on the availability of a workforce. It’s an issue that was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic and has persisted.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are 11.3 million job openings in the U.S., …

Elanco Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Campus, Creating Indianapolis’ Newest Landmark

GREENFIELD, IN – Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) recently unveiled plans for its new global headquarters featuring environmentally-sustainable, employee-focused design and a state-of-the art innovation center.

The company – which grew from a small division of Eli Lilly & Company to a $4.7 billion independent global animal health leader …

16 Tech Awards Third Cycle of Community Investment Fund Grants

INDIANAPOLIS – 16 Tech Community Corporation, the non-profit organization leading the physical and programmatic development of the 16 Tech Innovation District, announced $300,000 in grant awards to 11 resident-endorsed projects that directly benefit the vitality of nearby neighborhoods.

The grant awards mark the third cycle of funding of the …

Duke Energy Supports Economic Development in Indiana

PLAINFIELD, IN – Duke Energy is awarding nearly $120,000 in strategic grants to 26 economic development groups to spur new jobs and investment across the state of Indiana.

“Duke Energy is working hand in hand with our local and regional economic development partners to accelerate growth and job creation in …

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$50 Million Development Coming to Downtown Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, IN – Over the past several years, the City of Fort Wayne has seen some incredible developments that have brought a new life into the city, including Promenade Park, The Landing, and Parkview Field.

With Design Collaborative's main office located downtown Fort Wayne, as well as many Design …

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Ambrose Property Group Begins Construction on Expanded Mount Comfort Logistics Center

INDIANAPOLIS – Ambrose Property Group recently announced that the expansion of its Mount Comfort Logistics Center is now underway with the start of construction on Building V. This 753,000-square-foot Class A distribution building is expandable to 1,122,000 square feet and scheduled to be complete by November 2022. It is part …

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Living Greens Farm, Inc. Announces Indoor Vertical Aeroponic Growing Facility in Indiana

MUNCIE, IN – Living Greens Farm (LGF), one of the largest indoor vertical aeroponic farms in the US, announced it is expanding its Midwest operations with the addition of a new innovative indoor facility in Muncie for growing and processing a variety of better tasting leafy green product offerings.

The …

Cummins Announces $1M Grant for Renew Indianapolis to Build Black Homeowner Equity

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced recently a major grant of more than $1,000,000 to build Black homeowner equity in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood of Indianapolis. The grant was issued to Renew Indianapolis and will support an innovative program to build generational wealth while addressing gentrification in historically Black …

Grant Program to Help Preserve and Support Historic African American Sites

INDIANAPOLIS – Two funds honoring the legacy of a retired Eli Lilly chemist will provide grants to organizations working to preserve significant African American landmarks in Indiana.

Standiford “Stan” Cox, who passed away in February 2019, joined Eli Lilly and Co. in 1957 as its first Black chemist and …