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LEGACY, A COMMUNITY ASSET – Message From The Mayor

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 businesses and residents with an excellent quality of life.

Fort Wayne is unique in that we’ve put aside significant capital for financial growth and stability through the Legacy fund. It’s money to help transform our City into all that it can be.

I led the effort to create Legacy for our community and I’m committed to making sure we continue to make wise investments now and later. It took strong leadership to create Legacy. It demonstrates how we’re moving Fort Wayne in the right direction.

We pride ourselves on being transparent with the public. The SmartGov resource at www.cityoffortwayne.org/smartgov/ contains a complete report on Legacy finances and is updated regularly. It paints a clear picture that we’re doing as the community desired in meeting current needs and investing for the future.

We continue to be good stewards of the Legacy fund. Through the Legacy Joint Funding Committee, which includes three members of City Council, there are checks and balances in place to ensure only Legacy-worthy projects receive funding. No project receives funding without combined approval from the Legacy Joint Funding Committee, City Council, and myself.

Legacy is a community asset that’s here for us now, and it’s going to be here for generations to come.

We’re also receiving a lot of national attention for our collective efforts to enhance our City. With strong leadership and innovative approaches, we’ve positioned Fort Wayne as a leader in economic development opportunities, job growth, and amenities that make us attractive for businesses and families. Fort Wayne benefits by having a variety of business clusters, such as healthcare, education, hospitality, advanced manufacturing, and insurance, to name a few, as part of a diversified economy that is showing positive results.

Recent recognition has included being a top 50 city for adding the most new jobs by 24/7 Wall St. We’ve also been named the No. 5 best run city by WalletHub and the lowest cost of living city by Niche.

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