Urban Manufacturing is Inclusive, Equitable,

and a Critical Part of a City's and Neighborhood's Economy


Our Vision is that North Mass will be a leading example of how to transform a struggling urban industrial district into a unique and desirable center of making and manufacturing.

We focus on retaining and enhancing existing businesses, while marketing the benefits of this location to others. We focus on improving key aspects of the corridor,  such as infrastructure and property conditions, making the district more desirable to new businesses and start-ups through the RUCKUS Makerspace. At the same time, we work to improve workers’ and residents’ quality of life, emphasizing connectivity, collaboration, inclusiveness, and equity. 

New Announcement for 2019:

Riley Area Development Corporation Selects New Executive Director

Terri Skipper will lead Riley Area Development Corporation

Indianapolis, Indiana , Release: January 22, 2019. For Immediate Release

Riley Area Development Corporation today announced that Terri Skipper has been selected as Riley Area’s new Executive Director. Skipper will assume the new role on January 22, 2019. Riley Area is a nonprofit affordable housing developer with 345 affordable rental units plus 47,891 SF of Retail/Commercial space.

“I am honored to have been elected as Riley Area’s next Executive Director. It is a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers high quality affordable housing with retail, commercial and maker/entrepreneur space to the Mass Avenue Area and Marion County” said Skipper. “We are an organization led by a purpose – to make a positive, meaningful impact that matters to everyone Riley Area touches. I will do my best to serve the community by helping enable our leaders and people to fulfill their passion to make a difference.”

Skipper succeeds Eric Strickland, who will temporarily stay on with Riley Area as a Consultant and pursue other outside community development interests.

“I can think of no one better to lead Riley Area Development. Terri’s experience as the recent Economic Development Director of International Market Place and strong core values— make Terri the perfect choice to lead Riley Area,” said Strickland.

 “Beyond serving as a leader in the Economic Development Community, Terri Skipper brings unique perspectives on the affordable housing and retail/commercial environment, having a true multi-cultural career journey,” said Gary Reiter, Board Chairman. “The Riley Area Board is excited to work with Terri Skipper as we continue to make significant investments to transform our community economic development activities to deliver high quality, meaningful results for Marion County and raise the bar for the entire affordable housing community.”

Prior to her role as Economic Development Director for the International Market Place Coalition, Skipper served Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a Manager of the Default loan services team and at Freddie Mac as the Expanding Markets Manager for Housing and Community Investment.  Terri attended Spelman College and Kentucky State University where she earned a B.S. in Economics.

Contact info:
Name: Gary Reiter, Board President
Organization: Riley Area Development Corporation
Company URL:
Address: 875 Massachusetts Ave #101, Indianapolis, IN  46204
Phone: +1-317-637-8996


Read Indy's new report released on January 18, 2018 by LISC on inclusive growth...


More than just job creation.


In 2014-2015, the Indianapolis Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) commissioned a study to determine the most promising uses for properties along industrial corridors. The goal of the study was to assess the Indy region’s strongest economic clusters, identifying those that show the greatest potential to support economic growth, workforce opportunity, and urban redevelopment.

Since then, several other studies and initiatives have further defined opportunities in the Indianapolis economy, which can be leveraged in the North Mass district. These studies include Plan 2020, the Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis by the Department of Metropolitan Development; Metro Indianapolis Export Plan by the Indy Chamber; Marion County Anchor Institution Study by Greenstreet Ltd.; and the Indianapolis region’sComprehensive Economic Development Strategy by the Indy Chamber.

Based on reviews of these studies, the North Mass district includes the three key industry clusters. Business to Business (B2B), Food Manufacturing, and Technology.   The North Mass study also outlines key equitable and inclusive strategies around start-ups and makers, local workforce, and recruiting businesses that have upward mobility. Upward mobility is a system of ladders for employees to adavence with on the job experience and entry points that have a variety of educational levels.  

The North Mass plan supports diverse, inclusive, and equitable economic development in a 500 acre area. 


Expand Existing Businesses

Grow the base

Create a network amongst the 75 existing businesses in North Mass. Lead community bulding efforts to reduce crime, develop a brand for the area, and promote North Mass to the greater Indianapolis and Central Indiana Commnuity.   Provide information on available real estate, zoning, workforce development, and grant opportunities to existing business owners.  


Connect to the Local Workforce

create relationships

Establish connections to exsiting community job training resources in the nearby Martindale Brightwood community and the IndyEast Promise Zone.   Explore new training and placement programs with EmployIndy and LISC to provide jobs to local unemployed and under-employed residents.

Centerpoint Brewing 

Centerpoint Brewing 

Attract New Businesses

Welcome the next generation: new artists, makers, artisians, manufacturers

Promote and work with new start-ups and entreprenuers seeking to launch product based businesses. Create relationships to understand challenges faced by start-ups from outdated zoning regulations, code enforcement, lack of capital, and lack of an entrepreneurship network amoungst non-tech start-ups. 

RUCKUS Makerspace

RUCKUS Makerspace

Start-Up Makerspace

RUCKUS Makerspace

Promote and support an equitable makerspace model that eliminates barriers for women, miniorities, and low to moderate income residents.  Connect makerspace technical resources with other North Mass businesses to help adavnce other ideas in the community. 

North Mass


Since 2005, Indianapolis has lost over 20,000 manufacutring jobs mostly in Center Township. Many of the these job losses are from the closure of large facilities like the GM Stamping Plant, RCA/Thompson Consumer Electronics, Chrysler, Navistar, Carrier and most recently Rexonard.  These closures create a rippled effect on many local small business that supported these larger manufacturers with machines, sub-assembly products, and services.    

Many other small manufactures are relocating to newer green field industrial parks attracted by the benefits of land, lower taxes, low crime, expedited permitting, compatabile zoning, truck access, new road and utlity infrastructure, new plant facitilies and sense of place in these suburban communities.. 

The North Mass district is 500 acres along Mass Avenue and I-70 from downtown northeast to Sherman Drive. This area is one of several startegic industrial nodes in the City of Indianapolis where key infrastructure is in place supporting existing business expansion and new business development focusing on B2B, products, startups and the artisian/maker movement through the RUCKUS Makerspace. 

Lead by Riley Area Development Corporation and funded by LISC and the City of Indianapolis, we advocate for local, state, and federal resources working together with over 75 small businesses and small scale manufacturers in North Mass.

Incentives are available on a compeitive and ongoing basis: 

Facade Grants from LISC

Capital Improvment Program Grants for the City of Indianapolis HUD CDBG Program 

Technical Assistance from the SBA, SCORE, the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) and BOI. 

Incentivized Lending Programs and Project Support from the IndyEast Promise Zone and the Build Fund

Development Strategies unique to business growth including permitting assistance and tax incentives through Develop Indy

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View the entire plan 2015 Mass Avenue Industrial Corridor (North Mass) Plan below:


The Recast City 2014 report on the Maker Community in Indianapolis (2014)


The ULI Daniel Rose Mass Avenue Corridor Plan (2014-2015)

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Smart Growth America's 2017 - Neighborhood Small Scale Manufacturing Study