I would like to thank everyone who came to the first State of the City address February 27 at the Grand Wayne Center. I was honored to see more than 250 people come to hear my vision for the City of Fort Wayne.
In an earlier Waynedale News column, I gave a little preview of the speech. At the event, I gave an update on key Fort Wayne projects including Harrison Square, North River and Southtown Centre. I also talked about some ideas I’d like to see implemented this year including an Educator-Employer Summit, the return of the Safe House program and the Mayor’s Economic Development Coordinating Council.
If you weren’t able to attend the event or watch it live on television, you can watch it this month on City TV (Comcast Channel 58 or Verizon Channel 28). If using the internet is your preference, you can watch the video stream from the City’s website with a broadband connection. The complete text of the speech is available on the site too.
I also announced at the State of the City the return of Mayor’s Night In and Mayor’s Night Out. The first Mayor’s Night In will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in the Omni Room at the City-County Building. To reserve a time to meet with me and my staff, call my Public Information Office at 427-1120.
In other news, city officials continue to work closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bring disaster assistance to Fort Wayne residents and businesses who experienced damage from last month’s floods.
FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center was open for four days at the Sears Pavilion, ready to help people file their claims. If you didn’t make it out the center and haven’t filed for disaster assistance, the registration deadline is March 31.
You can register with FEMA at (800) 621-FEMA or online at www.fema.gov. The telephone hotline is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Those using TTY services can call (800) 462-7585.
Applicants are advised to have the following information available to help speed up the application process:
•Your current phone number
•Your Social Security number, if available
•A general list of damages and losses you suffered
•If insured, your insurance policy number, or your agent and company name
•General financial information
•The address of and good directions to the damaged property
•A phone number where you can be reached during the daytime and early evening