Legacy Foundation Kicks Off its Neighborhood Spotlight Program in 2015

Lake County’s community foundation launches neighborhood revitalization initiative

On Friday, January 30, Legacy Foundation launched its Neighborhood Spotlight program at IBEW Local Union #697 in Merrillville, Ind. Neighborhood Spotlight focuses resources on a particular area in Lake County to help rejuvenate challenged communities.

The three key ideas behind the community development initiative are: Organize (Community Building), Decide (Planning), and Act (Implementation/Social Contract).

In the coming months, Legacy Foundation will host three public training sessions to prepare community leaders to submit an application.

All of the neighborhoods that participate in the training sessions will receive capacity building assistance to come together and take action to address issues they define as important.

The selected neighborhood will spend up to one year undertaking a structured community planning process. Legacy Foundation’s role will be to help align community knowledge and assets with resources from the not-for-profit, business, and government sectors.

Indiana Association of Community Economic Development (IACED) led the information session. IACED developed the Neighborhood Spotlight model for Lake County and will provide technical assistance throughout the process.

In 2014, Legacy Foundation announced the first grant recipients of the Neighborhood Spotlight program: Hobart’s west side neighborhood and Gary’s Miller neighborhood.

Hobart and Gary-Miller have each hired a community builder to begin the planning process.

Neighborhood Spotlight is supported with funding from local partners: People’s Bank, NIPSCO, Centier Bank, First Midwest Bank, and Horizon Bank.

View photos from the event