Our 2022 Prosperity Indiana Summit theme is Connect to Effect: Building an Equitable Economy for All Hoosiers.  Balancing theory and practice, this Summit will catalyze asset-building strategies, affordable housing opportunities, and system change to impact racial, health, gender, age, and economic disparities within Indiana's rural, urban, and suburban communities.


  • Supporting Microenterprises for Recovery and Resilience - To make capital and technical resources more accessible to minority-owned small businesses, LISC and the City of Indianapolis utilized federal CDBG dollars to create a pilot program for low- to moderate-income microenterprises. The Microenterprise Resource Navigator programs at La Plaza and Kheprw Institute provide funding for navigators and technical assistance to microenterprises. Learn how this program has taken shape; interfaces with other programs; provides meaningful services to the community's smallest businesses; and can be done in your community. SESSION ONE at 10:15 AM - Room 1

  • Neighborhood-Led Inclusive Economic Development: South Bend's Model - The City of South Bend’s successful development model brings together bankers, architects, city officials, engineers, real estate agents, contractors, and small developers to share resources in completing projects. As a result, small developers successfully complete projects, remain neighborhood-based, and offer affordable commercial and residential spaces to residents while retaining revenue locally. This session will highlight changes to municipal code, pre-approvals of plans to reduce construction costs, and the publication of a small developer toolkit. SESSION TWO at 11:30 AM - Room 1
  • Reducing Infant Mortality through Housing: Healthy Beginnings at Home (HBAH) - Indiana persistently ranks among the highest states for the number of babies dying before their first birthday. The state’s infant mortality rate is generally 20 percent higher than the national average and has recently risen for Black infants, despite slightly decreasing among white and Hispanic infants. This presentation will discuss the links between these health outcomes and a family’s housing instability. It will also outline the design and implementation of HBAH, a housing intervention strategy that has shown promising results in improving infant birth outcomes, and share ideas for how attendees can translate the results into action in their community. SESSION THREE at 2:30 PM - Room 1


  • Redlining's Impact on Communities: The Spatial Practice of Democracy - Lending practices banned 50 years ago created color-coded reference maps leading to disinvestments still prevalent in Indiana communities today. Implicit and explicit redlining practices also influenced the architecture and eventual destruction of communities through the segregation of health, education, and housing opportunities. This stimulating discussion will offer perspectives on the roots of redlining practices as well as ideas to help transform and heal the mental models and perceptions caused by the dehumanization of people and degradation of the environment cultivated by redlining practices. SESSION ONE at 10:15 AM - Room 2
  • Addressing Indiana's Racial Wealth Gap: Equity-Centered Community Development - This session will enable you to define “economic equity” through understanding what impacts our economic lives, what keeps people from moving up, and why race and gender gaps matter. You will leave this session with a Human-Centered Design framework to prioritize the most vulnerable, acknowledge systemic racism, and define what economic success looks like for your community. Data and best practices will be combined to help structure a policy, programs, and public/private investment approach to creating an economy that works for all Hoosiers. SESSION TWO at 11:30 AM - Room 2
  • From Vacancy and Blight to the Affordability Crisis: Housing Policy Solutions Across the Spectrum - Homes and properties are commodities, and thus subject to the whims and forces of the free market. Some communities struggle with steep population loss and high rates of vacant and dilapidated properties, which stifle private investment. Some communities, with hot neighborhood markets, struggle with a housing affordability crisis, dashing hopes of inclusive neighborhoods and equitable development. Most communities are mixed-markets, with booming downtowns or high opportunity neighborhoods surrounded by weak-market neighborhoods depressed by decades of disinvestment and riddled by vacant properties or substandard, unhealthy rentals.

    Across this neighborhood market spectrum, both the suite of policies and the role of government change significantly for leaders and advocates who seek safe, healthy housing choices for all and stable, vibrant neighborhoods.

    Led by a national expert on housing solutions, especially for those communities struggling with vacant and abandoned properties, this session will unpack this spectrum of housing markets, and how the policies and positioning of local governments ought to change in order to achieve affordable, healthy housing choices and safe, vibrant neighborhoods for all. This discussion will draw upon Community Progress’ experiences working with a range of communities, from legacy cities struggling with hyper-vacancy to hot market cities struggling with an affordability crisis to other cities in-between. This session will also invite an active dialogue with participants, teasing out barriers and solutions that might be present in communities across the state to achieving affordable housing and healthier neighborhoods for all Hoosiers. SESSION THREE at 2:30 PM - Room 2

Public/Private Investments

  • Effective and Ethical Storytelling: How to Share Stories Respectfully - Storytelling is an essential element to effective communication, and sharing stories plays a key role in maximizing an organization’s overall impact and income. Learning how to gather and share stories that make an impact while honoring integrity, avoiding exploitation, and promoting equity involves thoughtfulness and skill. Done right, stories of struggle can be incredibly inspiring, powerful, and enlightening. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to confidently share stories that will increase awareness and support for your mission! SESSION ONE at 10:15 AM - Room 3
  • New Markets Tax Credits as a Financing Tool to Promote Equity - Finding the right cap stack and securing and managing tax credit programs can be challenging. During this session, three New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) lenders will explain how the New Markets Tax Credit program can provide financing that functions as or supports philanthropic dollars for projects that promote equity. SESSION TWO at 11:30 AM - Room 3
  • Leveraging Public and Private Funding to Build a Multi-Level CDC - Comprehensive and thorough analysis of data can aid in the identification of key partners for funding, collaboration, and shared services. In this session, panelist will share information regarding how to leverage funding streams from public and private sources to organize a multi-level Community Development Corporation for optimal community impact. SESSION THREE at 2:30 PM - Room 3


  • Assessing and Advancing Equity in Organizational Practice - Health by Design and the Indiana Public Health Association convene the Health Equity Action Team (HEAT), a collaborative of community partners throughout Indiana, to address health equity. HEAT participants meet monthly and have moved from simply understanding equity as a principle to prioritizing equity as a practice through assessments, tools and national best practices. The panel will share lessons and challenges; critical conversations held; and a model to operationalize commitments to equity and advance social justice. SESSION ONE at 10:15 AM - Room 4
  • Equity and Diversity in Real Estate Development - Within the real estate industry, gender and race-based discrimination plays a role in everything from lending decisions to destructive urban planning projects and the imbalances in the generational wealth tied to homeownership. For decades, the real estate industry has worked against the interests of women and people of color. For example, positions of leadership at real estate firms—from the C-suite to corporate board members and top salespersons—often lack minority representation. According to a study by Bella Research Group and the Knight Foundation, more than an estimated 75 percent of senior executive jobs in the U.S. commercial real estate industry were held by white men. Black men held only 1.3 percent. White women held 14.1 percent, while nonwhite women held fewer than 1 percent of senior executive-level jobs. When it comes to ownership, only an estimated 0.7 percent of real estate investment management firms were owned by women, while just 2 percent were minority-owned. This thought-provoking discussion will concentrate on the imperative to create equity in housing development as well as the challenges of supporting diversity in the professional services side within both small- and large-scale real estate development related organizations. The authentic conversation will provide suggestions to break down systemic barriers in the sector (e.g., access to capital) while increasing real estate professionals skills, networks, tools, and talent. SESSION THREE at 2:30 pm - Room 4
  • Strategies to Manage Bias - This program will empower you to understand why bias matters, recognize sources of unrecognized bias, and develop strategies to disrupt bias. Geared toward improving diversity and inclusion in the nonprofit workspace, this session will strive to improve relationships and services to clients while attracting and retaining top talent. This session will enable you to build an inclusive leadership culture for your nonprofit. SESSION TWO at 11:30 PM - Room 4

For questions on session content, please contact Marie Beason, Capacity Building Director.

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