MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

MAYOR TOM HENRYCitizens Square Open
City Completes Move
Public Open House June 27

The City of Fort Wayne has completed its move to Citizens Square. Residents are invited to tour the building at our Open House on June 27, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. City and County leaders will cut the ribbon to officially open the building on that evening. During the Open House employees will be on hand to answer questions about each department and the lobby areas of Citizens Square will be adorned with historic artifacts, displays and maps depicting our region’s rich history.

The building is already open for business and offers efficient and convenient service to residents. Before the move, we determined that some of the more commonly-visited offices included City Utilities, for paying utility bills; Clerk’s Office for paying parking tickets, and offices where residents could pick up permits for home construction improvements. To better serve you, we have conveniently located these offices on the first floor of Citizens Square.

When you visit Citizens Square, there is a parking lot on the north side of the building, which is open to the public. It can be accessed from Berry Street and from Clinton Street. Additionally, you will find convenient metered parking along Wayne, Barr and Berry Streets. A parking garage is available on Clinton Street and a public metered parking lot is available on the southeast corner of Wayne and Barr streets.

Floor plans showing the location of offices are available on our website under the section “Citizens Square – Move Central.” You can find at cityoffortwayne.org/MoveCentral. If you have any questions, you can call 311 — our “One Call to City Hall” service center.

I am excited about this new phase in serving our community. It’s a coming together that will make things easier for our residents and help local government work more efficiently. We’re also sending an important signal to businesses everywhere that Fort Wayne and Allen County are a welcoming place for them to locate, stay and expand. With this move, our collective vision starts to be a reality.

Throughout Citizens Square, City and County departments that share similar functions will be located near each other.

This will ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective services that increase citizen access and convenience. Co-location will also bring operational efficiencies for all residents and for companies doing business in the area.

The former City County building will be put to good use, as well. That facility will be the new home to the Police, Fire and Sheriff’s Departments of Fort Wayne and Allen County.

The primary goals of City and County governments are to provide the best quality services to our customers, the residents of Fort Wayne and Allen County, and to bring new jobs to the region. With the move to Citizens Square, my pledge to create a one-stop shop for economic growth begins to take form. We look forward to welcoming you to Citizens Square.

I hope you’ll take the time to stop by on June 27, 2011 for a tour of your Citizens Square.

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer