NEAR names Susan Vogt Director of Economic Development

A NEAR Announcement
February 9, 2016


Susan Vogt has been named Director of Economic Development for Near East Area Renewal (NEAR). NEAR is a nonprofit community development corporation (CDC) serving the Near Eastside of Indianapolis through neighborhood revitalization and economic development (

Susan will lead NEAR’s economic development initiatives and assist the Near Eastside to achieve aggressive 10-year commercial development targets of the IndyEast Promise Zone ( This includes continued revitalization of the community’s commercial corridors, support for small business development, and strategic planning and creative placemaking.

A longtime resident of the Near Eastside’s Cottage Home neighborhood, Susan brings to this role more than twenty years of experience in economic development and community organizing. Over the past 16 years, Susan served with Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC), most recently in the position of Deputy Director, coinciding with the emergence of Mass Ave as a vastly successful commercial and cultural district.

Susan’s career started on the Near Eastside, where she emerged in leadership as a community organizer with NESCO. Susan is a local artisan (blown glass) and fitness instructor (Pilates) at the John Boner Fitness and Learning Center in the Chase Legacy Facility. Susan’s economic development work, passion for the community, and care for neighbors uniquely qualify her for the challenges and opportunities of this new position.

For more information, contact:

John Franklin Hay