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Shrinking the Globe & Creating a Village

A place to eat. A place to shop. A place to be.

International Marketplace Presents the

Global Village Welcome Center

The time has come for Indianapolis to have a home where everyone is welcome to explore, connect and celebrate their cultures and traditions. Our most recent project is transforming a recently purchased 56,000 square foot building (located at 4233 Lafayette Road) into the Global Village Welcome Center to create the ultimate cultural destination welcome to everyone. 

Construction is underway, but funding is still needed to support the $15 million capital campaign to make the Global Village Welcome Center a reality. Funds will be used to help continue to renovate the space, provide exhibit design, space build out and fulfill other dedicated projects to help "Shrink the Globe and Create a Village." Since donations are key to our growth and success, please consider donating $10, $25, $50 - whatever amount you are able to give. 

Thank you for your support.

This 56,000 square feet facility will feature:

  • Cultural Galleries

  • Event Hall

  • Foyer

  • Demonstration Kitchen

  • Donor Recognition Wall

  • Dance Studios

Embracing Change

The International Marketplace is a unique destination in Indianapolis where more than 100 languages are spoken and 900 ethnic businesses from around the world are represented.


In 2004 the State of Indiana designated part of the Lafayette Square area as a Community Revitalization and Enhancement District. This unique designation created opportunities for financial investment and revitalization in the area. Our area is also a federally designated Opportunity Zone.


Since 2005, a dedicated group of business owners, residents and volunteers have worked to implement our strategic vision.

We want to build on this diversity and strengthen our community.

The International Marketplace will see more than $176 million in new development and more than 2,000 jobs created within in the next 18 months

Contact us to learn how about memberships, sponsorships, how you can begin a new project or get involved with our area's development.

Global Village Welcome Center

The Global Village Welcome Center is a welcoming place featuring cultural exhibits, classrooms, a demonstration kitchen, dance studios, event hall, functional space and other dedicated spaces. By donating to the Global Village Welcome Center, you will help us continue to fulfill our mission – by creating a place where all cultures gather, share and celebrate different traditions while providing a sense of identity and belonging. The Global Village Welcome Center is dedicated to educating the world, preserving traditions and celebrating all cultures. 

Recognizing that every culture has its own customs and traditions – at our core – we are all individuals striving to connect and communicate. The Global Village Welcome Center plays a major role in enriching families and supporting community resources that educate while bridging cultural gaps and boosting the local economy. The Global Village Welcome Center is currently under construction to complete the facility. 

Global Village Welcome Center
  • Multi-Purpose Rooms

  • Gift Shop

  • Office Space

  • Functional Space

  • Welcome Hub

The Global Village Welcome Center is a place for exploration and education where all cultures can gather, share and celebrate their traditions.
Working Together Works

Find out how you or your business can get involved.


Expand your business

Learn more about getting a loan to help expand your business within the International Marketplace. Download the Loan Application here and the Personal Financial Statement here. Also, download the Loan Application Checklist here

Design Guidelines

View International Marketplace Design Guidelines for new buildings and development in our area.

Market Analysis 

Read the International Marketplace Market Analysis and Strategy to transform into a world-class destination district.

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Infrastructure Projects

IM Crossing Multi-modal Project

The International Marketplace provided funds for a scoping
study for a
multi-modal trail to determine project feasibility and cost in collaboration with Midtown Anchors. The project is an effort to create a multi-modal path from 38th St. and Michigan Rd. to 38th St. and Lafayette Rd.


38th St. & Moller Rd., Commercial Dr. Crosswalk Improvements

The International Marketplace is working with the City of
Indianapolis and private developers to enhance crosswalks in our area and improve pedestrian safety.

Little Eagle Creek Partnership

Partnering with Little Eagle Creek, we hopes to explore with neighbors the cross-cultural implications of waterways and waterway connections.

Completed Developments

  • Indianapolis Public Library - Eagle Branch

  • Ivy Tech Automotive Campus

  • Pike YMCA

Upcoming Developments

  • Global Village Welcome Center

  • Infrastructure improvements

  • Ivy Tech Automotive Campus

  • Indiana Achievement Center

  • Pyramids at 3500

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