Southeast Neighborhood Development, Inc. (SEND) and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Tuesday that the Twin Aire community was awarded a $45,000 Technical Assistance Grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
SEND plans to match the grant and invest $90,000 in a feasibility study of a business incubator for job creation and training. Executive director, Kelli Mirgeaux, says the study will help continue the development of the area around the city's new Community Justice Campus (CJC).
“You think about a lot of things that a business incubator can bring to an area like Twin Aire, and I just feel like now more than ever, it’s critical for us and the community,” said Kelli Mirgeaux, executive director of SEND.
According to Mirgeaux, Twin Aire, lacks amenities and services for its residents.
“A lack of commercial development and poor infrastructure has hurt the Twin Aire community significantly,” said Mirgeaux.
As part of the city’s Great Places 2020 initiative, a community development project created to transform strategic places in Marion County, Mirgeaux says Twin Aire has already seen progress with development.
Mirgeaux also anticipates growth for Twin Aire as construction of the new Community Justice Campus continues.
“My hope is that with the development of the CJC that that will bring growth that is embraced and supported by the residents,” said Mirgeaux.