CreatINg Places: How a State Housing Agency Uses Crowdfunding to Support Public Spaces

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Open to ASLA Members who attend the INASLA Annual Meeting
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From burritos to bestsellers, crowdfunding has become a major buzzword in the last ten years. In 2016, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) launched the CreatINg Places program to leverage the power of crowdfunding with state funding, to help communities improve their public spaces. Since then everything from traditional parks to more out-of-the-box ideas like a downtown trolley and an urban highway overlook have emerged to make crowdfunding a go-to strategy for communities. During this session, IHCDA’s Placemaking Manager will review the first two years of CreatINg Places and explain why a state agency believes in the power of crowdfunding for transforming public spaces. Patronicity’s Indiana Director will follow-up with examples of projects that have used CreatINg Places to bring their visions to life, as well as examples from similar programs in other states and quick tips for starting a crowdfunding campaign.

Speaker Bio:
Carmen Lethig, AICP
Placemaking Manager, IHCDA
Carmen has worked at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for nine years in three different roles. Her current role is as the state’s first Placemaking Manager. She focuses on fostering development and organizational capacity for creating places where people want to live, work, and play throughout the State of Indiana. She works on various programs to accomplish this goal including Stellar Communities, My Community, My Vision, and CreatINg Places. In her free time, Carmen enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, reading, drinking (lots of) coffee, going to museums, plays, and concerts, traveling and acting as the project manager in the rehab of her family’s 1929 bungalow home. Carmen is a certified urban planner and earned a BA from Purdue University in Communications and a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from Ball State Universtiy.

Veronica Watson
Indiana Director, Patronicity
As the Director of Indiana Operations for Patronicity, Veronica works one-on-one with all crowdfunding campaigns in Indiana, including those that apply to the CreatINg Places state matching program. She was hired in September 2016 to oversee Patronicity’s expansion into Indiana and the launch of the CreatINg Places program, in partnership with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Prior to this position, Veronica served for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, first in New Orleans, LA, and then in Indianapolis, IN. She holds a B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and is seeking a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Ball State University.
Indianapolis, IN
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Attendees will:
1. Learn how they or their partners can leverage crowdfunding with matching grant dollars to improve public spaces using CreatINg Places.
2. Learn how CreatINg Places can be used to increase community engagement and media attention for a public space project
3. See examples of unique and innovated public space projects from across Indiana, Michigan, and Massachusetts that were supported through CreatINg Places or a similar program.
Carmen Lethig, AICP; Veronica Watson
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Indiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

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