Chapel Hill/Ben Davis, located on the west side just north of the Indianapolis International Airport, is widely recognized for its active community groups and thriving school system. Last month, the neighborhood hosted Mayor Hogsett for the launch of Indy Achieves, a program directed at helping more Indianapolis students acquire postsecondary degrees and high-quality credentials. The new program aligns with many of the Chapel Hill/Ben Davis neighborhood’s existing innovative learning models, including a Core 40 high school diploma track at Ben Davis University High School that allows students to also earn credits toward an associate degree from Vincennes University.
This month, Chapel Hill/Ben Davis will be the host of the City of Indianapolis’ second-ever Neighborhood City Hall. Announced as part of April’s State of the City address, the Neighborhood City Halls convene city services and departments, making them available to residents in locations more accessible than downtown’s City-County Building. At the event, residents will be able to learn more about ongoing initiatives, seek guidance from city departments, and learn better ways to access city services all year round.
“Neighborhood City Halls bring City resources directly to residents, creating a more transparent and accessible City government,” said Mayor Hogsett. “We’re excited to host this second Neighborhood City Hall in Chapel Hill/Ben Davis – a neighborhood that continues to foster a brighter future for all people through quality education and civic engagement.”
City-County Councillor Marilyn Pfisterer, representative for District 15, takes great pride and pleasure in working with the Chapel Hill neighborhood association. “This association takes their civic duties seriously,” said Councilor Pfisterer. “They meet regularly to stay on top of issues and the committee always looks at all sides of an issue as they make their decisions for the betterment of this west side area. Hats off to Chapel Hill. This recognition is well earned.”
Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the hashtag #IndyNoM when posting on social media about Chapel Hill/Ben Davis during the month of July.