Actions and Detail Panel
Gentrify: Equitable Development vs. Economic Development
Sun, 25 September 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Spirit and Place Festival and Kheprw Institute are partnering to facilitate Gentrify: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, a series of discussions which will explore the impact and ramifications of gentrification above and beyond displacement.
This discussion will focus equitable development vs. economic development. We will begin with a panel of speakers: Alexis Stephens of PolicyLink; Leigh Evans of Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation; George Okantey of Purdue Extension; Jeff Bennett Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, City of Indianapolis. This will be followed by a community discussion.
Meet the Panel
Alexis Stephens, Senior Communications Associate, develops and disseminates communications strategies for PolicyLink. Delivering messages about economic and social equity, Alexis contributes to the America's Tomorrow newsletter and provides general media advocacy support to multiple teams across the organization. Previously, she was Next City’s 2014-2015 equitable cities fellow. She has a B.A. in urban studies from Barnard College and an M.S. in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Alexis is an avid follower of global music subcultures and has written about them in Rolling Stone, SPIN, and MTV Iggy.
Leigh Riley Evans is the Chief Executive Officer of Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation. Prior to accepting the position in 2011, she was serving on the Community Building & 20/21 Steering committees having moved back into the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood in 2008 to be close to her parents. Leigh has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. Leigh is a strong believer of asset-based community development and creating sustainable communities.
George Okantey is a Community Development Extension Educator in Marion County, the largest urban county in the state of Indiana with an estimated population of 928,281 (2013). His role is connecting science-based university resources to address local needs. We accomplished this task by designing practical and relevant learning programs that solve problems and improve the quality of life for stakeholders in Marion County. He provides community resources and expertise on planning and visioning, leadership and civic engagement, workforce development and local government education. He also collaborates with the principal decision-makers, organizations, businesses and schools to develop, implement and sustain these programs.
Jeff Bennett is the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development with the City of Indianapolis.