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Opportunities for Input and Upcoming Events

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Happy New Year!  Hopefully 2010 is off to a great start for you!


The deadline for submitting comments to the Indianapolis MPO on its Public Participation Plan has been extended to Friday, January 15th.  The Public Participation Plan is the document which provides the public participation requirements for the transportation planning process within the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Area.  Public comments should be directed to Anna M. Tyszkiewicz (317.327.5487,  We anticipate many MPO activities related to transit in 2010, so this is a good way to offer your first bit of input!


The 2010 HbD calendar is already loaded with several great events and conferences.  Be sure to keep an eye on it regularly for the latest updates and additions, and be sure to let me know of things you’d like included. 

  • Mark your calendars for Communities at the Crossroads XII, Doing More with Less: Investing in Quality of Life in Challenging Fiscal Times to be held February 19th.  This year, there is also a call for posters for this event!  
  • Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and members of his staff and city departments will hold a Mayor’s Night Out Question and Answer Forum on the Near Eastside next Monday, January 11th, from 6-7 PM, at Emerson Avenue Baptist Church (308 N Emerson Ave.). 
  • The Indiana High Speed Rail Association is hosting a luncheon on Friday, January 29th at 11:30 AM, at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.  Business and government leaders are invited to hear from Joseph A. Szabo, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, about the high-speed rail system proposed for the Midwestern United States and the economic benefits of the system.
  • Applications are being accepted through January 20th for the Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute, to be held June 13-18 in Philadelphia, PA. The goals of the BEAT Institute are: 1) to prepare investigators and practitioners to use both observational and self-report measures of nutrition and activity environments and related behavioral assessments through lectures, fieldwork, hands-on skills, group work and individual consultation with BEAT faculty, and 2) to increase the number of professionals qualified to conduct built environment assessments for nutrition and physical activity. 

Enjoy Spirit and Place with us!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

website clip layoutsHealth by Design is thrilled to be participating in the 2009 Spirit and Place Festival  Please join us on Thursday, November 12 for Neighborhoods: Inspiring Place, Improving Health.  This 2009 Spirit & Place Festival event will explore how to create communities that sustain health, inspire happiness, build social capital, and support economic development.  An exhibit of resident-created photos and maps from Clermont, Community Heights, and Indianapolis’ Far Eastside will be on display.  The event will be held at the Indiana State Museum, beginning with a 6:30 PM reception.  A presentation will begin at 7 PM, featuring Ethan Kent, of Project for Public Spaces.  Visit the HbD Urban Planning Scholar Series page to learn more.  We hope to see you there!

Plan now for Walk to School Day, Oct. 7

Sunday, August 9th, 2009 Jones Jones

It’s not too early to begin planning how your school & community will celebrate Walk to School Day on October 7, 2009!  The Health by Design Walk & Bike to School Workgroup has prepared a letter and information sheet to help you spread the word, organize an event, and to work toward making every day good for walking and biking to school!  We hope you will join in the fun and share your event pictures and stories with us.  Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can assist with resources and support for your effort. 

Looking for something to do?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

An exhibit, featuring the work of Ball State students, faculty, and alumni from the College of Architecture and Planning is on display through mid-August at the at the Ball State Indianapolis Center (50 S. Meridian St.).  The works highlights the economic development potential of proposed station areas along the planned light rail on the Nickel Plate Rail Line owned by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, from Noblesville to Union Station in downtown Indianapolis.  Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

On Friday, August 7th from 7 - 11 PM, Indy Cog, People for Urban Progress, Harnish Design, and Cardinal Cycles will be hosting an event at the Murphy Arts Building in Fountain Square to promote a bike messenger bag that is made from re-purposed material from the roof of the RCA/Hoosier Dome.  There will be food, music, and entertainment; and it will be a great chance to connect with cyclists and the citizens of Indianapolis.