The term velocity is defined as the “rate of occurrence or action.” In Indianapolis, Indiana, ‘Velocity’ has taken on a new meaning. It’s a community visioning initiative that was co-created by some of Indianapolis’ greatest organizations and individuals. The project is spearheaded by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., a marketing and communications non-profit that focuses on the development and events in downtown Indianapolis. They also work to insure that the downtown core remains a clean and safe environment for both native Hoosiers and visitors!
The Indy Velocity project was launched with an online survey for residents, business owners, and visitors of downtown Indianapolis. Nearly 5,000 responses were collected and sorted into priorities and similarities. A public event was held in April of 2013 to share some of these with the community. The event featured speaker Lee Fisher and activities for attendees to further voice their concerns and ideas for the city of Indianapolis. From there, a series of neighborhood meetings were held all over the city. Each meeting was focused on a different aspect of the plan, which correlated with the respective neighborhood.
Velocity’s goal is to unify the downtown core by working together to create a new vision for Indianapolis. The plan looks to do this mainly through input from four core groups in Indianapolis: community members, strategic partners, advisory groups, and a steering committee. This combination of residents, community leaders, cross-sector experts, and key organizations are creating a specialized updated comprehensive downtown plan.
The advisory groups are broken down into different topics that all affect the way people live, work, and enjoy downtown Indy.
- Vibrant economic development;
- Public spaces and activation;
- Multi-modal transportation solutions;
- Downtown environment and experience;
- Housing, neighborhoods, and livability; and
- Arts, culture, and attractions.
A series of email updates are periodically sent to subscribers, showcasing some of the great ideas that the plan has generated. Additionally, social media has provided an easy platform for discussion about Indy Velocity. The strategic plan is set to be unveiled to the public in November of 2013. From there, the plan will list actions and ways to implement them within the next five years.
How does your community share ideas? Why is it important for cities to seek public input?
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