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Breakfast Series Event/Revitalization Strategies for Indy’s West Washington Street Corridor 

March 22, 2018
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Indiana Landmarks Center
1201 Central Avenue
Indianapolis, 46202 United States
Patty Coyle Locke


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In 2017—in coordination with sponsoring organization Indy Gateway, the West Side Chamber of Commerce, City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Airport Authority and Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization—ULI Indiana’s Young Leaders Group formed an expert Technical Assistance Panel to help prioritize urban planning, zoning, and design recommendations made over the years concerning Indy’s west side neighborhoods.

These recommendations address the area’s challenges while leveraging its many strengths—highway and rail access, proximity to employment and entertainment centers, dedicated residents, strong leadership and the presence of Indianapolis International Airport.

At our March 22 Breakfast Series program, hear highlights from the panel’s outcomes, information on efforts to date, and plans for moving forward.

Speakers will include:

  • Brad Beaubien, Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis
  • Lisa Bentley, Indy Gateway
  • Councillor Jared Evans, Indianapolis City-County Council
  • Taylor Firestine, Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Deb Kunce, CORE Planning Strategies & ULI IN TAP Chair
  • Allie Rosenbarger, Crestline Communities & ULI IN Young Leaders Group Co-Chair

Participants in ULI Indiana’s 2018 Mentorship Program: Plan to stay after the program for a special career path chat with Brad Beaubien, Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis, and Deb Kunce, CORE Planning Strategies & ULI IN TAP Chair!

Speaker Bios 

Brad Beaubien
Administrator, Long-Range City Planning
Department of Metropolitan Development at the City of Indianapolis

Brad is an award-winning certified urban planner. At the City of Indianapolis’ Department of Metropolitan Development, he is responsible for leading the long-range planning functions of the City. Brad is co-manager of the Plan 2020 initiative, holds graduate degrees from Ball State University and Oregon State University, is a father to two young boys, and a resident of Irvington.


Lisa Bentley
Executive Director
Indy Gateway Inc.
Lisa has served Indy Gateway Inc.—a 501(c)(3) community and economic development organization on the west side of Indianapolis—since 2015. Her focus is working with the City of Indianapolis to implement redevelopment and workforce development projects identified in the Westside Strategic Revitalization Plan and Airport TIF Implementation Plan. In addition, Lisa oversees the affordable housing program; leads redevelopment and beautification initiatives; oversees the acquisition, development and management of real estate; and provides financial management, fund development, and board of directors’ support. Lisa is the managing member of Elite Security LLC and a graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism & political science from Ball State University and certificates in human resource management and fund-raising management.

Councillor Jared Evans
Indianapolis City-County Council
A third generation west side Indianapolis native, Councillor Evans graduated from Ben Davis High School, where he was a varsity member of the 2001 and 2002 State Football Championships. At Purdue University, he was an active and engaged member of his fraternity, SAE, and served on the board of the Inter-Fraternity Council. Following a short stint in Lawrence, Kan. working as a fundraising development consultant, he moved back to Indianapolis, and after being engaged in a few issues facing his community, decided to run for City-County Council in late 2014. Today, he serves on three committees: Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Metropolitan Economic Development and Municipal Corporations.


Taylor Firestine
Special Projects Planner
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Since 2016, Taylor has been the planner for special projects at the Indianapolis MPO. Taylor is a founding member of the Indianapolis Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation and volunteers with the Irvington Development Organization’s Public Spaces Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and development and a master’s degree in urban design from Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning. Taylor previously worked as a community development intern with the City of Fishers and a graduate intern with Indianapolis-based land brokerage firm Site Strategies Advisory.


Deb Kunce, FAIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal
CORE Planning Strategies
Deb is founding principal of CORE Planning Strategies, which helps organizations increase efficiencies, realize ideal capital improvements, and transform communities. With more than 20 years of planning and construction experience, Deb focuses on driving strategy, building relationships, and ensuring CORE helps clients achieve successful transformations. Deb is committed to growing future leaders through involvement in multiple local industry and community groups and one-on-one mentoring. A member of the ULI Indiana district council, Deb is chair of the organization’s Technical Assistance Panel program.


Allie Rosenbarger 
Development Manager
Crestline Communities
As development manager for Crestline Communities’ development team, Allie is responsible for coordinating and managing the development process from strategic planning all the way through closing, stabilization, and asset management. Her responsibilities include market research, underwriting and project feasibility, applying for grant funding, capital resource management, due diligence, and closing. She also responsible for site identification in addition to community and partner relation management. Allie is a Ball State University graduate completing education for a master of urban and regional planning degree as well as a graduate certificate in real estate development. Allie is co-chair for the ULI Indiana Young Leader Group. She is a committee chair in the Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council and a member of the American Planning Association.

About TAPs

Technical Assistance Panels, or TAPs, bring together the best and brightest from Indiana’s diverse membership—developers, planners, financiers, market analysts, economists, architects, designers, and public officials—to provide practical solutions and objective advice not available from any other source. An expert ULI TAP panel usually convenes in a community for one-to-two days to address a land use and development issue. The experts are drawn from the ULI Indiana’s membership and selected for their expertise related to the specific issue. By the end of the process, their thoughts, discussions, and process are documented in a report to the sponsoring organization. More information on ULI Indiana’s TAP program can be found at http://indiana.uli.org/taps/.


7:30am – 8:00am – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:00am – 9:00 am – Presentation and Q & A


ULI Members: $20; $10 Under 35 or Public/academic/non-profit; $5 Students
General Public: $50; $40 Under 35 or Public/academic/non-profit; $10 Students

Sponsors and Public Agencies eligible for complimentary registrations – watch your email for discount code.


Advance registration is open through March 20. After that date, please plan to register on-site. On-site registrants will not have a pre-printed name badge.

Click here to view a list of attendees.

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