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Our Indy, Our Community

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Indy Gateway

Meet Indy Gateway!

What happens when a banker, a state representative, and a school superintendent see each other frequently at Westside meeting and events? They discuss untapped potential in an area dear to their hearts and decide to take action. This was the beginning of Indy Gateway.

Karlee Macer, state representative for the Westside of Indianapolis, Rick Proctor, VP at BMO Harris and President of the Westside Chamber of Commerce, and Jeff Butts, Wayne Township Schools Superintendent saw the Westside, particularly the Washington St. Corridor, as a blank canvas. With our Indy’s award winning, nationally recognized airport minutes away as inspiration, they reached out to Lisa Bentley to help make their vision for that area a reality.

The vision of Indy Gateway is to facilitate and drive community and economic development on the Westside. Their first project is transforming 3 vacant lots into two homes directed towards first time home buyers. They have enlisted the help of many Westside businesses, including Area 31 Career Center at Ben Davis High School, B&W Plumbing and Heating, FedEx, Probuild, and Lowes to build these houses. The first home will be complete by the end of the school year. You can check out the progress of this amazing community project at 5139 Melrose Avenue.


Rhonda Schwartz – Speeding Indy into a new way of renting homes

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Rhonda Schwartz
During race season, many race fans find it difficult to find somewhere to park, or even stay. So why not stay in a home with the race track right round the corner?

Rhonda Schwartz  answers this very question by buying a home, revamping it , and listing the home for rent on Airbnb. Race fans from all over can now have the comfort of staying in a cozy home and be at the track to watch the race before you can say “On your mark, get set, go!”

The home is located on lovely Presto Drive, 46224.

About Rhonda Schwartz: 100% Hoosier

The slogan “Hoosier Pride”  has no better poster child than our Customer of the Month, Rhonda Schwartz!

A lifelong Hoosier, Rhonda has resided all over Indiana, from Fort Wayne to Bloomington, to Indianapolis and now Speedway!

No matter her address, Rhonda embraces and enhances her community. She helps people find the homes of their dreams for F.C. Tucker, and is a member of the Speedway Chamber of Commerce.

When she’s not on the go, she relaxes with cooking and photography.


Toys for Tots

by Web Intern

B&W is now a drop-off site for Toys for Tots! The U.S Marine Corps Reserve is on a mission to collect new and unwrapped toys as a Christmas gift for less fortunate children in the community. This year on Thursday, December 1st at the Speedway Chamber’s Light the Night on Main event, U.S. Marine Corps Reservists will be on hand at Dallara from 6-8pm to collect the toys. Cash donations will also be accepted. The last day to donate a toy is December 1st! Share some joy and donate a toy!

toys_for_tots poster

Other drop-off locations are:

  • Dallara IndyCar Factory
  • Three Sisters and a Trunk
  • The Voom Room
  • American Legion Post #500

Visit for more information.