CICF News / 2013 / May / News Post
May 2, 2013
Indianapolis Hosts Collaborative Workshop to Advance Livability in Six Major US Cities

Indianapolis has been chosen by CEOs for Cities to host a Livability Challenge Workshop, to be held at the Alexander Hotel and several downtown landmarks in Indianapolis from May 1 to 3, 2013. With livability defined by Indianapolis leaders as “access to art, beauty and nature every day,” the three-day Livability Challenge features visits to several Indianapolis locations in addition to presentations lead by representatives from five additional US cities including Cleveland, Philadelphia, St. Louis, St. Paul and Minneapolis. The theme for the three-day workshop is “Done, Doing and Dreaming.”

cultural trail tour
Plans for the Livability Challenge Workshop include bike and walking tours that feature several Indianapolis projects, including the Cultural Trail, Glick Peace Walk and The Canal.

Sponsored and hosted by Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the Livability Challenge Workshop will feature projects that dramatically influence urban livability from both the visiting city teams and local efforts. Through bike and walking tours, participants will explore both finished and in-progress projects including the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, The Platform and Bike Hub at the Indianapolis City Market, and downtown Canal. The invitation-only event will also include input and discussions from approximately 60 leaders from the six participating cities.

The event’s agenda will also feature presentations identifying livability trends from local and national experts and mayors, including: Greg Ballard, Mayor, City of Indianapolis; R. T. Rybak, Mayor, City of Minneapolis; Lee Fisher, President and CEO, CEOS for Cities; Andrew Howard, Co-Creating Member, The Better Block; and Brian Payne, President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation. At the close of the event, the visiting and local participants will develop a list of five key approaches to increasing livability, which will be shared with the 45 cities in the CEOS for Cities national network.

“We are honored that CEOs for Cities chose Indianapolis to host this workshop, not only because it allows our community to showcase our achievements in livability and quality of life, but also because it will allow us to learn from other cities that are focused on this important aspect of community life,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation. “The Livability Challenge Workshop will also present central Indiana’s leaders with a powerful chance to share our ideas and vision.”

CICF's own Inspiring Places Initiative seeks to provide thought leadership and opportunities for Indianapolis leaders to participate in national learning networks about quality of life and placemaking innovations. This focus has led CICF to serve as the major sponsor of the Indianapolis network's membership and participation with national think tank CEOs for Cities.