The balanced budget continues my administration’s commitment to providing needed services to residents, neighborhoods and businesses. The budget also reflects Fort Wayne’s position as a leader in economic development opportunities, job growth, strong neighborhoods and quality of life amenities
Public safety continues to be a top priority of my administration as we’re committed to being the safest city possible for residents, neighborhoods, and businesses.
Fort Wayne continues to be a place people are talking about. We’re experiencing momentum and investment in our downtown and neighborhoods like never before.
The Legacy fund is assisting us in our efforts to be a point of destination and a national leader in creating and retaining jobs and providing
I continue to be encouraged by the excitement and investment we’re experiencing in the City of Fort Wayne. We work each day to lead efforts in job and business growth, strong neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown, public safety, reliable and award-winning water and sewer services, world-class parks,
I recently announced the Fort Wayne UNITED program. It’s a mayoral initiative designed to enhance opportunities, advance youth advocacy and help ensure the safety of all residents with a focus on African American men and boys.
Leaders in criminal justice, non-profit, clergy, health, and education,
I recently announced that Steve Reed has been appointed as police chief for the City of Fort Wayne effective August 1.
Reed has been with the Fort Wayne Police Department since 1993. Most recently, he has served as assistant police chief since January 2014. In addition, Reed has held positions of director
I recently joined community leaders and riverfront advocates to unveil the schematic designs for the first phase of riverfront development to enhance Fort Wayne and the region.
Development would occur in eight areas on the south and north sides of the St. Marys River between Harrison Street and the
Riverfront Fort Wayne and the Allen County Public Library have kicked off a weekly summer family Storytime on the Bridge.
Storytime on the Bridge offers kids of all ages songs, great stories and lots of smiles on the Historic Wells Street Bridge. Story time begins each Monday at 10:30 a.m. and lasts
I recently announced the City of Fort Wayne’s Blue Star Banner program will continue in 2016.
The Blue Star Banner initiative started in May 2014 and recognizes City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed. Through the first two years of the initiative, 52
Members of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission and representatives from Weigand Construction, Hoch Associates and Ash Brokerage recently joined me to cut the ribbon on the Skyline Garage.
The garage is now open to the general public. The 1,077-space parking garage will also serve employees of Ash
For the third year in a row, the City of Fort Wayne will see record investments in street, sidewalk, ADA ramp and trail upgrades. Our aggressive commitment to neighborhood improvements will result in 500 projects being completed in 2016.
More than $25 million will go to neighborhood infrastructure
We had a great time at the recent launch of the new Bike Share program in Fort Wayne. It’s a partnership between the City of Fort Wayne, Leadership Fort Wayne and Zagster, Inc.
The Bike Share program includes 25 cruiser bikes that are available at five downtown locations for riders to checkout for
The City of Fort Wayne’s Public Works Division and I recently announced plans to make it easier for residents to partner with the City to fix neighborhood sidewalks and curbs.
The updated plan restructures the cost sharing program for repairing neighborhood public sidewalks, increasing the financial
The committee established to consider the viability of a downtown arena has presented its recommendations to my administration.
The committee has unanimously recommended the City of Fort Wayne should pursue building a downtown arena. The committee concluded a multipurpose entertainment center would
An annexation plan that would add nearly 23 square miles and approximately 22,000 people in an effort to continue the growth and positive momentum being experienced in Fort Wayne was announced on March 14.
The North IV annexation boundaries are Gump and Hursh roads to the north, City of Fort Wayne
As outlined at my recent State of the City Address, the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services is working with the non-profit agency NeighborLink to help more residents make home repairs.
A $120,000 federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will assist NeighborLink
I recently delivered my ninth State of the City Address. The theme for this year’s address was “Moving Fort Wayne in the Right Direction.”
Highlights included successes in riverfront and downtown development, job growth and economic development, public safety, and investments in neighborhood
I recently joined leaders of the Fort Wayne Fire Department to welcome the 17 members of the department’s 88th recruit class.
The recruits have begun a 16-week process to become firefighters for the City of Fort Wayne. The anticipated graduation date is May 13.
Breakdown of the new recruit class:
A check covering 75 percent ($862,946) of the funds needed to buyout 18 flood-prone homes was recently presented to the City of Fort Wayne by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA funding will combine with a required 25 percent from local funds
Happy New Year to all of you. I’m looking forward to a great 2016 and appreciate your interest and commitment in having the positive momentum in Fort Wayne continue as we work together to have continued successes in economic development, job creation, neighborhood improvement projects, public safety,
I recently joined neighborhood and business leaders to announce that the City of Fort Wayne is contracting with Indigo Centers to attract more retail to south Fort Wayne. Indigo Centers is a Birmingham, Michigan, retail real estate firm specializing in advisory and consulting, leasing, brokerage,
City of Fort Wayne leaders and organizers and sponsors of this past spring’s Dragon Boat Races/Riverpalooza event recently presented a check for $10,000 to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
We’re honored to be able to assist Cancer Services in their efforts to make a meaningful difference for
Traffic light/signal improvements
You may have noticed new traffic signals with black backgrounds popping up in Fort Wayne as 3,000 traffic signal heads at 320 intersections in Fort Wayne, New Haven and other parts of Allen County will have the new look, which makes the lights easier to see during
Applications for the City’s 2016 Commercial Façade Grant program are now available. I introduced the program eight years ago to provide local businesses the opportunity to apply for matching grants to improve the exteriors of their buildings.
The program makes funds available to businesses in the
I recently joined Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll to provide an update on the 2015 capital improvement projects in our parks and facilities operated by the Parks & Recreation Department.
Over 30 projects were started and completed in 2015 and more than 15 projects are still in progress,