The Indy Chamber’s 2020 legislative agenda was an ambitious yet practical set of priorities for the ‘short’ (non-budget) session of the Indiana General Assembly. It was a ten-week sprint that started with the optimism of a heady revenue forecast and ended with governments at all levels grappling with a global pandemic and the growing threat of recession. In between, we made progress on each of our top issues:

  • Building a stronger structure for interlocal cooperation towards common goals, allowing our Central Indiana Regional Development Authority to work in tandem with our Metropolitan Planning Organization on a comprehensive economic development strategy;
  • As we combat a destructive new public health threat – the COVID-19 outbreak – we can look ahead to a healthier and more productive workforce through state enforcement of the federal ‘T21’ mandate;
  • Giving employers a stronger voice in workforce development, to connect education and training programs with the demands of our job market.

If the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s the importance of overcoming tough challenges by working together – the Indianapolis way. The legislative process was no different, as our business community rallied to play defense on unexpected threats: Some were minor (complications on how employers submit tax withholding), others were critical – a last-minute amendment that threatened public transportation in Marion County (and the city’s credit rating) by holding local tax revenues hostage to an anti-transit vendetta.

Now we look ahead. 2021 will bring a more challenging economic climate, as we look to advance this year’s wins with fiscal and budget policies: Adding revenue tools to support regional collaboration, expanding workforce programs like Next Level Jobs (and continuing the fight for workplace protections for pregnant employees), raising cigarette taxes to further curb smoking rates and promote public health – and more.

But before plunging into next year’s priorities, read on for more details on a short session that was generally solid on pro-business issues.

2020 Priority Issues

Foundations for Regional Cooperation:

GOAL: Maximize economic and population growth in a sustainable and equitable manner by promoting regional cohesion and collaboration on issues impacting the Indianapolis region, such as the state road funding formula, workforce development, and health policy by:

  • Creating fiscal capacity for transformational investments with regional impact, recognizing that basic services and infrastructure are quality of life and business climate priorities that must be adequately addressed
    • g. White River redevelopment and activation
  • Addressing regional tax disparities by being open to creating additional revenue streams to mitigate funding inequities across counties
    • g. Local option sales tax, revenue distribution, or other alternatives
  • Empowering flexible regional governance models to support technical planning, redevelopment and transformational growth priorities, and the implementation of shared revenue strategies such as Investment Hubs

OUTCOME: SB350 Central Indiana Regional Development Authority (PASSED)

  • Authorizes counties and municipalities within the Indianapolis metropolitan area to establish a central Indiana regional development authority pilot that will sunset on July 1, 2025
  • Requires counties and municipalities that wish to establish the development authority to adopt substantially similar resolutions to adopt a preliminary strategic economic development plan (preliminary development plan)
  • Codifies the establishment and governing provisions of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
  • Requires the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization to:

(1) develop a comprehensive asset management report for the metropolitan planning area in collaboration with the Indiana department of transportation; and

(2) present the comprehensive asset management report to the city-county council of Indianapolis and Marion County, the fiscal and legislative bodies of each entity that is a member of the Indianapolis metropolitan planning organization, and the budget committee


Healthy Workforce:

GOAL: Support a comprehensive approach to increase the health, wellbeing, and productivity of Indiana’s current and future workforce by advocating for:

  • Increasing Indiana’s current cigarette tax by two dollars per pack and impose tax parity at point-of-sale for e-cigarette and vaping products
    • Revenue resulting from these tax increases should be used to address Indiana’s public health challenges including physical, mental health and addiction
  • Raising the statewide legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21
    • At a minimum, the state should remove restrictions on local governments from enacting ordinances to raise the age to 21
  • Enacting a statewide ban on flavored vaping and e-cigarette products which have been shown to encourage youth vaping, exposing young people to detrimental, long-term health effects.
  • Repealing preferential treatment for smokers in the workplace (“Smokers’ Bill of Rights”)

OUTCOME: SB1 Tobacco and Vaping Smoking Age (PASSED)

  • Raises legal smoking age from 18 to 21, including vaping products
  • Doubles fines for retailers that sell to underage customers
  • New tobacco retailers and vape shops can’t open within 1000 feet from a school


 21st Century Workforce:


  • Employer-Driven, Sector-Specific Workforce Development: Build off of the recent work to better align state secondary education, workforce and economic development strategies that promote transferability, stackability, and permeability of credit awarding curricula
  • 21st Century Apprenticeships: Support development of curricula and credentialing standards to encourage businesses to provide workbased learning opportunities and apprenticeships with the final goal of leading to careers in high growth, high demand careers
  • Next Level Jobs: Increase funding and provide greater flexibility by expanding the provider network, focusing on credentialing that leads to higher wages within an industry and skills utilized across sectors
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit: Support Hoosiers entering the workforce through the creation of state tax incentive which mirrors the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (FWOTC) program focused on ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed. Support incentives for government contractors who hire and retain individuals eligible for WOTC credits

OUTCOMES: HB1419 Governor’s Workforce Cabinet (PASSED)

  • Makes changes to membership of Governor’s Workforce Cabinet
  • Increases membership from 23 to 32 people
  • Cabinet must work with stakeholders from early learning through the workforce, including representative from technology
  • Establishes alignment and coordination between Early Learning Advisory Committee, State Board of Education, Commission for Higher Education, and Department of Workforce Development

HB1153 Governor’s Workforce Cabinet (PASSED)

  • Requires Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to create a comprehensive strategic plan by 12/1/2020 to ensure alignment of primary, secondary, and postsecondary education systems with Indiana’s workforce training programs and employers needs


Panhandling Enforcement:


A priority from Leadership Exchange (LEX) 2019 in San Antionio, increase proximity radius from 20 to 50 feet from all financial transactions. Expand the definition of financial transactions to include parking meters

OUTCOME: HB1022 Panhandling (PASSED)

  • Prohibits panhandling within 50 feet of banks, restaurants, businesses, public monuments, or anywhere a financial transaction occurs
  • Panhandling any time of day is a Class D misdemeanor

Economic Growth

State and Local Economic Development

Tax Increment Financing:
GOAL: Maximize the ability of local government units to respond to redevelopment and economic development opportunities through utilization of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts

  • Transparency: Establish a schedule of performance reports to local governing bodies and encourage the establishment of public online resources for tracking TIF performance metrics, funded by TIF revenue

Local Incentives:
GOAL: Secure and maintain flexibility of local incentives for economic and community development efforts to encourage new growth and redevelopment of existing resources

  • Certified Tech Parks: Increase the Certified Technology Park (CTP) tax capture allowance from the current $5 million cap to allow high performing CTPs to increase public-private investment in the CTP and surrounding areas

OUTCOME: SB264 Certified Technology Parks (DIED)

  • Would have amended statute allowing certified tech parks to capture additional incremental income tax once it has reached its limit on deposits
    • Would have increased annual additional deposit from $100,000 to $500,000
    • Capped total additional amount that may be captured at $2M
    • Required certified technology parks to meet reporting and performance requirements


State Incentives:
GOAL: Maintain Indiana’s economic competitiveness through the preservation and responsible use of existing state tax incentives, placing emphasis on skills enhancement and workforce training to attract investment from diverse industry sectors

  • Increase funding the state Skills Enhancement Fund to assist companies in addressing 21st Century skills gap.

OUTCOME: HB1112 Skills Enhancement Fund Grants (PASSED)

  • States that an increase in wages from participating employee/group of employees negotiated by agreement (regardless of timing) qualifies as eligible for a grant from the Skills Enhancement Fund

SB262 Film and Media Production Incentives (DIED) *Not on our agenda but watched*

  • Statewide incentive plan to attract more media production, modeled after Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee
  • Would have authorized newly formed Indiana Destination Development Corporation to create film and media incentive program
  • Would have required report to interim study committee on fiscal policy in other states on film/media production


Entrepreneurship and Innovation Investments:
GOAL: Support policies that can improve the State’s capital environment and nurture innovative activity through:

  • Maintain permanence of the state’s Research and Development, Hoosier Business Investment, and Venture Capital Investment tax credit programs.
  • Increase funding for the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund to support industry driven initiatives.
  • Maximize immediate value of state EDGE and VCI tax credit by allowing recipients to transfer credits for cash value
  • Enhancing flexibility for public investment in venture capital funds that invest in Indiana companies
  • Enhancing funding to support more university-sponsored grant programs and seed funding for applied research and commercialization


Advanced Telecommunications:
GOAL: Support efforts by telecommunications providers to transition their networks from old legacy technology to an advanced all-IP, all-mobile, 5G supportive, all-cloud infrastructure

Community Redevelopment & Investment

GOAL: Accelerate community reinvestment and accessible employment opportunities in and around brownfield sites, driving economic development and maximizing property values by:

  • Restoring funding to Indiana Finance Authority’s Brownfield Grant Program, adding IFA staff capacity to administer the program, reduce wait times and extend technical assistance efforts
  • Expanding grant and loan resources for “Phase I” and “Phase II” environmental site assessments for former brownfields
  • Creating tax incentives based on employment on former brownfield sites
  • Expanding flexibility of a redevelopment commission to sell or transfer a title to real property which is undeveloped, underdeveloped, or considered blighted due to the real or perceived threat of environmental contamination for private development


Stellar Communities:
GOAL: Support continued investment and rural communities and small towns across Indiana by strengthening and expanding the Indiana Stellar Communities program, emphasizing increased technical assistance and capacity-building towards brownfield remediation and redevelopment

Historic Rehabilitation:
GOAL:  Increase state funding and incentives to encourage redevelopment and investment in aging commercial, industrial and residential properties

  • Restore the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program for large, catalytic projects that leverage available federal funding and lead to job growth and higher wages
  • Maximize immediate value of Historical Rehabilitation Tax Credit by allowing recipients to transfer credits for cash value
  • Increase funding for the Historic Rehabilitation grant program for smaller-scale projects of up to $100,000 or 50% of project cost that drive reinvestment in local cultural, community, and tourism development efforts


Shovel Ready Redevelopment:
GOAL: Support shovel ready community redevelopment efforts through the creation of a statewide grant program to fund the demolition of blighted commercial properties

Revitalization Grants and Revolving Loan Fund:
GOAL: Allow local governments the ability to make grants and loans to private enterprise for the creation of jobs or otherwise stimulate economic activity


Food Access & Insecurity:
GOAL: Support innovative efforts to increase access to healthy food options and strategies to improve food security to support the health of Indiana residents and workforce. Empower and enable innovative and proven food distribution models, alternative payment processes, and data collection on food access and insecurity



GOAL: Reinforce and enhance Indiana’s brand as a welcoming and diverse state by:

  • Strengthening “bias crime” penalties for criminal offenses where it can be proven that the victim or target is intentionally selected because of personal characteristics enumerated by law
  • Updating the state’s current anti-discrimination law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment, and public accommodations
  • Encouraging federal leadership on comprehensive immigration reform. Restore the eligibility for in-state tuition and financial aid to state colleges and universities for foreign born students who have matriculated through the Indiana K-12 system

Transportation, Infrastructure & Environment

Local Roads and Streets:
GOAL: Ensure adequate funding for local roads and streets, while maintaining equitable funding for urban and suburban areas by accurately accounting for lane miles in the infrastructure funding formula; and further:

  • Financing and Delivery: Provide maximum flexibility to local governments in the financing, design and construction of local transportation infrastructure, including the use of Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build


Hoosier State Line:
GOAL: Reinstate state support to continue operations and enhance service of the Hoosier State Line to better facilitate connectivity and economic opportunity between Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, and Chicago


Complete Streets:
GOAL: Pursue state transportation policies that encourage transportation planners and engineers to plan, design, operate and maintain the state’s road and street infrastructure that facilitates public use, physical activity, and support public health


GOAL: Support the creation of a statewide loan or grant fund to build out of greenways and bike lanes for local communities


Mass Transit:
GOAL: Restore a dedicated funding stream for the Public Mass Transportation Fund (PMTF) to account for increased participation and demand of transit agencies throughout the state

  • Incentives: Create state employer incentives for employee benefits for alternative modes of transportation, transit packages, workplace bike infrastructure or other modes of transportation that encourage healthier workforce


Shared & Personal Mobility:
GOAL: Capitalize on rapid advances in personal mobility and transportation by making new mobility options safe and accessible for Hoosiers, and positioning Indiana as a center of innovation for mobility solutions

  • Autonomous Vehicles: Advocate for regulatory changes to promote the development, testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles in Indiana
  • Transparent Regulatory Framework: Beyond autonomous vehicles, develop a clear and predictable regulatory framework that applies to other mobility options, to avoid confusion and delays in integrating new products and services into our transportation system
  • Emphasize equitable access to new mobility options: Work to eliminate barriers to individuals and communities taking advantage of mobility options, so personal mobility can also be a catalyst for upward mobility
  • Create a truly comprehensive transportation strategy: Acknowledging that no single agency or organization can oversee the complex transportation system, bring together partners (state and local, public and private) to develop long-term, data-driven strategies that incorporate new and innovative mobility options and focus on critical transportation challenges
  • Safety first: Evaluate traffic rules, street construction/configuration, and other modal regulations to ensure mobility options work together safely for pedestrians, riders, drivers, and other users


GOAL: Support the creation of a statewide coordinating body to ensure sustained economic opportunity through responsible management of water resources


Energy Efficiency:
GOAL: Secure state incentives for business and local government investments in energy-efficient commercial and industrial rehabilitation and fleet management

Local Government and Fiscal Policy

Homelessness & Panhandling

Service Enhancement:
GOAL: Support increased levels of service to homeless populations including a comprehensive approach to establish low-barrier shelters and wraparound service treatment models. Allow funds from Medicaid 1115 waiver to be used for homelessness intervention and prevention services


Local Government Finance

Home Rule:
GOAL: Allow local government greater flexibility over their own structural and fiscal matters to address the needs of their individual communities

SB148 Zoning and Housing Matters PASSED *Not on our agenda but watched*

  • Provides that any regulation of landlord-tenant relationships must be set at the state-level; overrules local ordinances in Indianapolis, Bloomington, South Bend, and other communities
  • Makes it illegal to retaliate against a renter who reports unlivable conditions (critics say this ordinance lacks teeth, is unenforceable, and substantially less robust than Indianapolis’ ordinance)
  • Requires mobile home community operator to give owners at least 180 days’ notice before closing community
  • Amends statute concerning manufactured homes located outside of mobile home community


Township Finances:
GOAL: Require township funds that exceed 150% of operating expenses to be spent on infrastructure projects within the township or credited to the taxpayer


Government Modernization

Redistricting Reform:
GOAL: Support non-partisan redistricting reform that increases and encourages competition of ideas, decreases polarization in legislative and congressional districts, accurately reflects historic trends in statewide elections and maintains communities of interest and adheres to local political boundaries

GOAL: Seek greater efficiencies in municipal service delivery and finance in Marion County by building on the principles of unified government, including county-wide consolidation of fire departments

GOAL: Continue efforts to streamline overlapping government functions through statewide implementation of recommendations made by the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform to increase accountability, transparency and effectiveness of local governments


Government Innovation:
GOAL: Continue support of the state’s Management & Performance Hub to foster a more transparent, innovative state government, and encourage local governments to create Offices of Innovation to drive policies that similarly inspire open data, transparency, and efficiencies that can result in greater economic activity and workforce development


Healthcare Data:
GOAL: Support strategies to improve availability, quality, and verifiability of data on the price, quality, and utilization of healthcare services that can be easily accessed and understood by patients, healthcare providers and employers

Workforce and Education


OUTCOME: SB409 Employment of Minors (PASSED)

  • Eliminates the work permit requirement for minors
  • Changes oversight of child labor from the Indiana Department of Education to the Indiana Department of Labor
  • Requires labor dept to create a public database for businesses to register with if they employ minors
  • Updates state law to mirror federal regulations on the employment of minors age 14-15
  • Sets parameters for 16-17 year olds:
    • Can work up to 9 hours/day
    • 40 hours in school week and 48 hours in non-school week
    • 6 days in any given week
    • Specifies start-end time requirements

Veteran Re-entry:
GOAL: Increase employment opportunities for returning veterans by eliminating duplicative requirements and expedite processes for military-trained personnel to obtain the equivalent civilian license

  • Support ongoing efforts to recruit military personnel to the state to meet the workforce needs of regional employers

OUTCOME: HB1091 Education Benefits Relating to Military Service (PASSED)

  • Allows for residency enrollment status for students of active duty military parents, pending transfer to Indiana
  • Allows spouses and dependents of active duty military the resident tuition rate at a state educational institution


Mental Health Workforce Pipeline:
GOAL: Support incentives that increase the pipeline for social workers and mental health professionals to provide wraparound services in the criminal justice system and to provide more capacity for services in the overall healthcare system.


Smart Justice:
GOAL: Support strategic reform to criminal justice system to minimize jail overcrowding, recidivism, and local fical impact while maximizing rehabilitation through:

  • Multiple Felony Sentencing: To reduce impact on criminal justice systems, offenders with multiple felonies should be sentenced to the Department of Correction
  • Bail Consideration: Cash bond consideration must require a screening assessment and the ability to increase the bond considering severity of criminal history

OUTCOME: HB1346 Jail Overcrowding (PASSED)

  • Will establish a county jail overcrowding workgroup to further collect data that will allow sheriffs to collect, analyze, and exchange information concerning jail occupancy and issues related to jail occupancy.
  • Adds members to the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) and requires advisory council to identify range of possible solutions to jail overcrowding
  • Requires JRAC to develop incarceration alternatives and recidivism reduction programs


Ex-Offender Re-entry:
GOAL: Support policies that promote reintegrating ex-offenders into the workforce and economy by:

  • Minimizing business liability and increasing incentives to hire ex-offenders
  • Increasing job training and skills enhancement opportunities
    • Expanding pre-release entrepreneurship education and training
    • Support funding for proven models for transitional employment and wrap-around services including access to housing and transportation

OUTCOME: SB47 Expungement Issues (PASSED)

  • Provides that if a court reduces a Class D or Level 6 felony to a misdemeanor, the five-year waiting period for expungement begins on the date of the felony conviction and not on the date the felony was converted to a misdemeanor
  • Requires companies that provide background checks to periodically review their records and remove records relating to expunged protection orders


Workplace Accommodations:
GOAL: Update employer guidance on reasonable accommodations for employees with medical conditions relating to pregnancy to provide needed clarity to employers, allow for expedient resolution of grievances, and improve maternal health and female workforce participation

OUTCOME: SB342 Pregnancy Accommodation (DIED)

  • Original bill would have required employers of less than 15 employees to give reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees
  • Bill amended and stripped of substantive accommodation language, changing to interim study committee on the fiscal impact of accommodations on businesses
  • Indy Chamber testified in support of bill’s in original form
  • Indiana 41st in preventable hospitalizations of expectant women


Social Determinants of Health:
GOAL: Increase strategic investments in public health, prevention, and social determinants to support talent-based economic development. Continue data collection efforts by the state on social determinants of health and unmet needs of government benefit recipients


Higher Education

Reverse Credit:
GOAL: Support permitting specific course credit to be transferable and reciprocal between Indiana’s accredited two-year schools and other state-supported colleges and universities to encourage post-secondary certification and degree attainment statewide


21st Century Scholars:
GOAL: Enhance outreach and wraparound services and evaluate sustainable funding mechanisms for programs, such as the 21st Century Scholars program, in order to increase access to and completion rates at two- and four-year colleges and universities for those with financial need

OUTCOME: HB1082 Various Higher Education Benefits (PASSED)

  • Allows for increased flexibility that enables students eligible for the EARN Indiana work-study program to participate in full-time internship opportunities during the summer
  • Codifies You Can Go Back program, helping people with some higher ed experience go back and finish their degrees
  • Clarifies language pertaining to Graduate Medical Education Board, ensuring funds remain with residencies



Early Childhood Education:
GOAL: Ensure children entering primary (K-12) education are academically, socially and emotionally prepared for success through high-quality, publicly-funded Pre-K programs; increased public investments should focus on those in financial need and support statewide access, while protecting funding and service levels in high-demand, high-capacity ‘pilot’ counties. Further, enact mandatory, fully-funded, full-day kindergarten by age 5 to create a consistent, quality early education pathway


School Safety & Mental Health:
GOAL: Allow public school funding for school resource officers and school safety referenda funding to be used to hire mental health program staff


GOAL: Support dedicated funding and policies to deploy high-quality classroom science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula and STEM-focused professional development for the educators. Specifically, emphasize access to computer science and engineering courses at the K-12 level to prepare graduates for college and career opportunities in high-demand STEM fields

Explore the creation of incentives to retain recent STEM-degreed individuals committed to remaining in-state for five years, with an emphasis on those graduates who enter the teaching profession.


High school Career Counselors:

  • Decrease the student-to-counselor ratio, require regular professional development for school counselors and ensure academic coursework align with students’ desired career pathways
  • Explore modification of counselor licensure to differentiate career counseling from social/emotional counseling
  • Require school counselors to advise students in middle school (6th, 7th and 8th grades) of their eligibility to enroll in various state financial aid programs


Required FAFSA Completion:
GOAL: Support matriculation to post-secondary educational institutions by making FAFSA completion or affirmative opt-out a requirement of high school graduation

OUTCOME: SB223 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Requirements (DIED)

  • Mandated all seniors in high school to complete the FAFSA
  • Chairman decided not to call bill for a vote in spite of favoring the language; may see a revival in 2021
  • Indiana’s completion rates are low (58%) compared to other states (as high as 80%)
  • Indiana students lose more than $70M in federal dollars and scholarships
  • Indy Chamber testified in support of bill


GOAL: Provide school districts flexibility to pay teachers based on high need and specialized subject matter areas. Empower local education officials to make administrative and structural decisions affecting individual school performance, including the option to extend school hours, merit pay options, providing voluntary alternative retirement benefits options such as defined contribution plans for new teachers

OUTCOME: HB1003 Education Matters (PASSED)

  • School freedom and flexibility bill allows schools to submit waivers to Indiana State Board of Education to work around curriculum, laws, or regulations, if school proves it will benefit students
  • Makes career-awareness training requirements for teachers to renew their licenses optional

SB2 School Accountability (PASSED)

  • Hold harmless bill for schools and teachers
  • Results of new ILEARN exam will not negatively affect schools’ accountability grades or teacher evaluations
  • Requires last year’s grades (2018-2019) not to be lower than 2017-2018 school year

HB1002 Teacher Evaluations (PASSED)

  • No longer requires schools to include test scores as part of the teacher evaluation process, schools could decide to include at the local level


Operational Efficiency & Facilities:
GOAL: Support school corporation’s operational efficiency efforts by creating a 5-year, renewable exemption to the “Dollar Law” for school corporations that meet the following criteria:

  • Proven willingness and ability to partner with charter schools as demonstrated by:
    • 20% of school corporation’s student population attending innovation network school or innovation network charter schools
    • Equitable distribution of district operating referendum dollars to all innovation network schools, both in-LEA innovation network schools and out-of-LEA innovation network charter schools
  • Proven overcapacity of facilities within the district as demonstrated by independent analysis and verification
  • Commitment to address operational efficiencies as demonstrated by:
    • Undergoing strategic facilities optimization study on current and future population/enrollment projections
    • Implementation of strategic operational efficiency plans through strategic disposition of the properties previously subject to the dollar law


School Funding:
GOAL: Support the inclusion of the second count date for the k-12 funding formula to ensure schools are able to adequately accommodate changing student populations throughout the school year


Teacher Pay:
GOAL: Support efforts to increase teacher pay from the state to local school districts


Charter Authority:
GOAL: Expand the authority of the Mayor of Indianapolis to charter Pre-K educational institutions and require local public hearings for the re-chartering of schools attempting to switch charter authorizers after a charter has been revoked


Financial Literacy:
GOAL: Promote financial literacy education through existing k-12 curriculum requirements and encourage the DOE to develop sample curriculum for local schools to implement

OUTCOME: HB1104 Housing and Community Development Authority (PASSED)

  • Eliminates micro-enterprise partnership program
  • Requires local units to notify the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority of the creation of an affordable housing fund
  • Replaces the member of the low-income housing trust fund advisory committee appointed by and representing the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development with one member appointed by and representing the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority