Indy LISC director Bill Taft on what it takes to lead and succeed in neighborhood redevelopment

Bill Taft, Executive Director of LISC Indianapolis, is featured in the Indianapolis Business Journal's latest installment of the "Leading Questions" series. Taft discusses the work LISC does in Indianapolis and how it impacts the community.

Leading Questions: Community guru preps new HQ

20 Nov 2012 - Mason King,


Bill Taft weighed a few careers while growing up in Michigan City and attending Cedarville University in Ohio. He looked at becoming an architect (too much math) and pursuing foreign relations (not enamored with the political culture of Washington, D.C.). But over many summers spent rehabbing homes, he got hooked on the idea of reviving old structures. That led to his current career in neighborhood redevelopment that demands a passel of talents, from the mathematical to the political.

“It requires a sense of optimism, because frankly the things we’re taking on most people think you can’t accomplish,” said Taft, executive director of the Indianapolis office of New York City-based Local Initiatives Support Corp.

“Otherwise, you just need to be a generalist,” Taft said. “You need to know something about real estate development, finance, fundraising, non-profit management, policy, transportation—and just how government works and how to interface with government, but also being able to communicate effectively with the for-profit sector.”

Much of Taft’s expertise came in handy while securing a new home for LISC and several other local not-for-profits. Even better, the move helped preserve a slice of Indianapolis history. Continued[+]...


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