Thirty-Eight Street or “Maple Road” is one of Indianapolis' unique and complex corridors. Its history dates back to the early 1900's when it was originally designed as a major parkway in the Park and Boulevard System Plan for Indianapolis by landscape architect George Kessler. Today it is the busiest corridor in the City of Indianapolis and boasts the most transit ridership year after year.
Exploring the talented Thirty-Eighth will reveal a opportunity for civic leaders to learn more about "first ring" challenges, policy blind spots, long term successes, and new futures. A compelling tour for cities trying to balance an inclusive workforce development strategy beyond the core.
The City of Indianapolis Cluster of CEO's for Cities hosted its National Meeting on October 12-14th, 2015. Over 250 curious and engaging civic leaders from around the United States visited our circle city to explore how cities are educating, developing, training, retraining, attracting, and employing the currency of the new economy – talent.
Design Bank Co-Founder Wil Marquez and Mapleton Fall Creek Director Leigh Riley Evans were tasked with hosting what Visit Indy, Vice President of Destination Development Matt Carter called, "a balanced, relevant and representative perspective of Indianapolis, its success and challenges"
The Talented Maple Road was an organized tour of 38th Street and its approach to issues related to closing the skills gap, jobs and innovation, and developing an inclusive workforce. Many thanks to those speakers and participants who work on behalf of a special arterial that while in continuous flux represents many communities and citizens!
Those speakers include:
REGINA MARSH | FOREST MANOR MULTI-SERVICE CENTER
EMMA WILLIAMS & VANESSA | 38TH STREET BRANCH PUBLIC LIBRARY
KEEANNA WARREN | GOODWILL INDUSTRIES, EXCEL CENTER
ANTHONY BRIDGEMAN | INDIANAPOLIS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
MICHAEL McKILLIP | MIDTOWN INDIANAPOLIS
AMANDULA ANDERSON | UNITED NORTHEAST CDC
JOYCE LESLIE EDWARDS MOORE | URBAN PATCH