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Economic Development

Economic development is the engine that helps cities grow.

Indy Gateway helps promote the west side of Indianapolis as an environment where businesses can thrive and find a talented workforce that businesses can rely upon.

Our efforts aim to:

Highlight the west side of Indianapolis and the west Washington Street corridor as a strategic location with access to major interstate interchanges, while still just minutes away from downtown Indianapolis

Emphasize that locating a business on the west side of Indianapolis allows for easy access to the Indianapolis International Airport—not to mention the second largest Fed Ex hub in the country

Promote the rail lines that conveniently run right through the west side of Indianapolis

Support the efforts of Merchants West, a local merchants association along the West Washington Street Corridor and its Shop Local initiative

Westside Revitalization and TIF Incentive Plan

The Indy Gateway Board of Directors has been working with the City of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana, and the Indianapolis International Airport for the past five years to work on bringing revitalization project to the westside of Indianapolis. Indy Gateway was a partner with the City of Indianapolis and designated as the “lead convener” of a Westside Strategic Revitalization & Airport TIF Implementation Plan and subsequent action plan working with the firm of MKSK focused on the West Washington corridor in October 2017. This process organized focus groups that included neighborhood association representatives, business owners and other impacted government and community organizations.  The plan was finalized in August 2018 and lays out specific projects to be implemented in the coming years that will spur economic and community development for the area.


Economic Development & Resources

Airport Industrial Opportunity Zone

Tax incentives to encourage those with capital gains to invest in low-income and undercapitalized communities

World Connect@IND

Opportunities in aviation, advanced manufacturing, logistics and more

Small Business Association

Ways for entrepreneurs to connect with lenders, so they can plan, start and grow their business

Indy Gateway has fulfilled a tremendous need when it comes to a community development capacity. When I think of Indy Gateway, I think of affordable housing, economic development and redevelopment of key parcels of land—and in every area, they’ve been the boots on the ground. They’ve led a strategic revitalization process that drew in multiple stakeholders and identified areas for investment. It’s become our playbook for the next several years.

Jeff BennettDeputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis

Economic development is the foundation to improving our community. It leads to more jobs, affordable housing options and, ultimately, a better quality of life. Over the past five years, Indy Gateway has strategically and intentionally led the way in economic development efforts, identifying opportunities to bring more business to the area. I’m so proud of this organization and how it has rallied a true collaborative community effort to improve the west side of Indianapolis.

Bart YorkIndy Gateway President / Executive VP, The Skillman Group