Legacy Foundation brings together Community Partners to Announce Neighborhood Spotlight Program

Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, launches Neighborhood Spotlight program at a press conference held December 20, 2013.

On Friday, representatives from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Indiana Association for Community and Economic Development (IACED), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, office of Congressman Peter Visclosky and the City of Gary gathered to announce their commitment to partnership.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is committed to working with public and private partners – such as the Legacy Foundation – to make a visible difference in Northwest Indiana communities,” said Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman.

“Legacy Foundation has been our ear-to-the-ground helping to coordinate and complement the impact in the Northwest Indiana communities we serve,” said U.S. HUD Regional Administrator Antonio Riley.

Neighborhood Spotlight is Legacy Foundation’s new initiative for strategic grant-making in community development.

“It's an exciting concept that combines leadership from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors with engagement of residents of neighborhoods to address issues and problems that have been confounding us for years,” said Legacy Foundation Interim President Leigh Morris. “The tools and techniques it provides will transition declining areas into vibrant and healthy neighborhoods."

With a $70,000 grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at Legacy Foundation, IACED will design the Neighborhood Spotlight model that works as a framework for community change, capacity-building, comprehensive planning and project implementation over the course of three to five years.

“The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development is excited to partner with the Legacy Foundation on Neighborhood Spotlight,” said Andy Fraizer, executive director of IACED. “IACED looks forward to collaborating, learning, and investing our time and talents alongside Lake County neighborhood assets to solve problems, generate investment, and support community change.”

The first Neighborhood Spotlight Informational Session will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.at the Radisson Hotel, Ambassador Room. Advanced registration required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/legacyspotlightimpact. All Lake County organizations are eligible to register.

“We are excited about the launch of Neighborhood Spotlight and look forward to submitting several Gary neighborhoods for consideration,” said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “This is an important undertaking by the Legacy Foundation that will bring attention to some areas that normally would not have an opportunity to be showcased.”