- Recruits exciting new businesses to the heart of Irvington. Most recently IDO helped to recruit two new, independently-owned businesses, The Mug and Simply Divine Cupcakes.
- Oversees the Irvington Streetscape project which focuses on creating a sense of place and enhancing the economic vitality of Irvington.
- Manages the redevelopment of the former Indy East Motel which has become a sleek and contemporary 50 unit apartment complex called Irvington Lofts.
- Promotes the Irvington Green Initiative which focuses on sustainability efforts in Irvington.
- Awards facade grants to local businesses and property owners. IDO has provided over of $180,000 in grants to local business owners. These grants improve the buildings’ appearance and beautify our corridor.
IDO is proud of what its members, working together, have accomplished over the last few years. Highlights include:
- Awarded $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the Washington Streetscape between Emerson and Bolton avenues.
- Raised $250,000 needed from the local community match required for the DOT grant mentioned above.
- Created an economic development plan for the business district that helped chart our business growth.
- Developed a monthly community newsletter and social media strategy to share information about IDO/Irvington news and economic development.
It’s what we do at IDO!
In 2002, community leaders who were concerned with the decline in the number and types of businesses along Washington Street established the Irvington Development Organization, a membership-based non-profit aimed at preserving the neighborhood’s stability and charm while also encouraging measured economic growth.
Meet the Board The IDO Board includes representatives from the Historic Irvington Community Council, Irvington Historical Society, Irvington Business Association and the Irvington Garden Club. Having the participation of these groups on the Board helps IDO approach development issues from a broad-based & collaborative perspective.
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