Our Stories

10.17.2018 -

JPMorgan Chase Fuels Economic Development in Philly, Milwaukee

LISC-led coalitions in Milwaukee and Philadelphia are among the four winners of this year’s JPMorgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods competition. In each city, local partners are pooling their expertise and resources to drive major community-focused economic development plans that revitalize commercial corridors, spur small businesses, create jobs and raise standards of living for residents.

Hispanic Heritage Is Integral to the American Experiment—and American Potential

LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones marks the close of Hispanic Heritage Month reflecting on the extraordinary talent and assets Latino Americans inject into our communities, and how our partnerships work to harness those assets for the benefit of all.

10.11.2018 -

Cincinnati Access Fund Aims to Boost Minority Entrepreneurship

The newly announced Cincinnati Access Fund has Fifth Third Bank and LISC Greater Cincinnati joining forces to provide capital and technical assistance for minority- and women-owned small businesses. The $3.5 million loan fund addresses the capital gap that many minority small business owners face. As Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO, stated, “We know from our own experience that community-based businesses—especially those in areas that others might consider too risky or complicated—are good investments when done right.”

10.09.2018 -

Top Reads, Week of 10/8/18

Check out our top three reads of the week. They cover the challenges and opportunities facing American communities right now. This week, we're delving into Universal Basic Mobility, worker co-ops, and new research that looks at the connection between where you were raised and your economic mobility.

10.03.2018 -

To Make Real Change, Sometimes You Have to Make a RUCKUS

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are sharing the story of Consuelo Poland, founder of the Latinas Welding Guild and director of RUCKUS, a flourishing makerspace in the North Mass Avenue industrial corridor of Indianapolis, where LISC has been supporting the growth of a new and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Poland is dedicated to connecting Indy’s residents, Latina and otherwise, to satisfying work in creative, hands-on and entrepreneurial jobs, and building a supportive community for small businesses and makers in the process.