EXCITING HAPPENINGS IN OUR COMMUNITY – Message From The Mayor

Efforts to enhance alleys in the City of Fort Wayne are underway with the first neighborhood alley improvement project as part of City Council’s recent passage of an increase to the local income tax.

Killea and West Leith streets from South Calhoun Street to Hoagland Avenue is the first of many projects

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29,000 NEW JOBS FOR HOOSIERS – Straight From The Senate

Indiana has had a record year for economic development in 2017, with nearly 29,000 new jobs planned for the future.

Since the year began, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has secured 270 commitments from businesses inside and outside of our state to grow or locate in Indiana. Together,

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HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WITH HOLIDAY CHEER SATURDAY, DEC. 16 – Voice Of The Township

On Saturday, December 16, the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be holding its free Sixth Annual Holiday Celebration from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the McMillen Park Community Center at 3901 Abbott Street. This year’s celebration will feature fun activities like games, face-painting, bounce houses, a

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LEGISLATORS MEET FOR ORGANIZATION DAY – Straight From The Senate

Indiana lawmakers recently convened at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the legislative session.

Once the General Assembly officially reconvenes January 3, legislators will delve deeper into topics, authoring and passing bills that will make Indiana a better place to

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REMEMBER SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – Voice Of The Township

It’s holiday shopping time again, and the Wayne Township office is gearing up for the season to benefit our clients with the Christmas Bureau program and with our annual Holiday Celebration (held this year on December 16 at the McMillen Community Center). These are special activities we’ve been

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EXCITING HAPPENINGS IN OUR COMMUNITY – Message From The Mayor

We’re continuing to see positive momentum and private investments in Fort Wayne. I recently joined Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, representatives from Provenance Hotels, elected officials and community leaders to announce a proposal to bring a 125-room boutique hotel to downtown.

The $27.7 million one-of-a-kind

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FORT WAYNE: A POINT OF DESTINATION – Message From The Mayor

We have finished another budget season with City Council’s passage of the City of Fort Wayne budget for 2018.

With less than one percent of the proposed budget being cut, the 2018 budget ensures we’ll continue to meet the needs of residents and businesses with an emphasis on priorities requested

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GIVING BACK BY WORKING – Voice Of The Township

For this column I would like to talk about one of the Township programs I am most proud of as it allows clients we have helped to give back to the Wayne Township community. Those of you who have not been involved with Township Assistance may think we simply hand out money to those in need and that’s

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HONORING AND SUPPORTING HOOSIER VETERANS – Straight From The Senate

Each year, Americans set aside one day in November to honor the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces – Veterans Day.

The selflessness and bravery these people demonstrate is inspirational, and they deserve recognition and gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

Indiana

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KEEPING FAMILIES HOUSED – Voice Of The Township

I’ve been doing some traveling lately and looking around at how other places deal with some of the problems almost all cities and towns have in common. Because of my job, I am particularly interested in how different places deal with homelessness—either long-term or cases of temporary need for

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INDIANA’S BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE TOP 10 IN NATION – Straight From The Senate

Over the past decade, Indiana lawmakers have worked diligently to simplify and reform our tax system, and based on the 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index, our hard work is paying off.

According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, the publisher of the Index, Indiana’s tax climate ranks among the

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400 NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS IN FW: WHERE LIFE HAPPENS – Message From The Mayor

A group of local neighborhood leaders and several staff members from the City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division recently participated in the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) in Evansville. This year’s theme was “Neighborhoods: Where Life Happens.”

The RNNC is comprised

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FUNDING OUR ROADS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION – Straight From The Senate

During the 2017 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed a critical 20-year, $20-billion road-funding plan — House Enrolled Act 1002 — safeguarding the future of our state’s transportation infrastructure.

Indiana’s previous source of road funding was not keeping up with our

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PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO THE CITY OF FORT WAYNE – Message From The Mayor

The City of Fort Wayne’s proposed budget for 2018 is going through the review and approval process.
Our balanced budget proposal continues my commitment to providing essential services to residents, neighborhoods and businesses. The budget also reflects Fort Wayne’s position as a leader

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WE ARE LIVING IN A ‘GIG ECONOMY’ – Voice Of The Township

Even though the U.S. economy has slowly improved since the low of the Great Recession in 2008, here at the Trustee’s office we still see evidence that finding good job opportunities remains a challenge for many of our citizens. Because of that we are always looking for ways to improve our clients’

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KNOWING OUR HISTORY AND CULTURE – Voice Of The Township

While the Trustee’s Office does not close on Columbus Day, we still recognize that 2017 is the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12 (officially celebrated on October 9th this year, the second Monday of the month). I remember being taught as a youngster

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FUTURE PHASES CONTINUE WITH SIDEWALK AND ALLEY PROJECTS – Message From The Mayor

I continue to be encouraged by the progress we’re making in the City of Fort Wayne. As an example, I recently announced the sidewalk and alley improvement projects that will occur in Fort Wayne neighborhoods as a result of City Council’s recent passage of an increase to the local income tax.

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PAID SENATE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE – Straight From The Senate

Every year, the Indiana Senate offers college students, recent graduates and graduate students a career-boosting opportunity – the chance to intern during a legislative session at the Indiana Statehouse.

Interns are vital to the legislative process, as nearly every office in the Senate relies on

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LOOKING FORWARD – Voice Of The Township

It’s hard to believe but fall is just a few days away now. Where’d the summer go? We’ve been very busy over the past few weeks of the season, including enjoying the Waynedale Picnic in August. This year our new Chief Deputy Trustee, Austin Knox, tended our booth at the picnic, and he greatly

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FINDING SOLUTIONS TO DIFFERENCES: HATE AND DIVISION MUST STOP – Message From The Mayor

I recently joined mayors from across the country to sign the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry. The effort is led by the Anti-Defamation League and U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The Mayors’ Compact has 10 components:

*Expressly rejecting extremism, white supremacy and all forms

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BACK TO SCHOOL: NEW EDUCATION LAWS – Straight From The Senate

Education is always a top priority for the Indiana General Assembly, with more than half of the state’s General Fund dedicated to K-12 education. In fact, Indiana is ranked second in the nation for the percentage of total state funding dedicated to education, according to the Census Bureau. 

This

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ENHANCING WORKFORCE TRAINING FOR HOOSIERS – Straight From The Senate

Indiana’s economy is on the move. During the first half of 2017, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation secured commitments from 164 employers to create 17,823 new Hoosier jobs and invest $5.4 billion in their Indiana operations in the coming years.

While these numbers are a testament to our

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CREATION OF THE ENTRYWAY SCULPTURE FOR PROMENADE PARK – Message From The Mayor

The Fort Wayne UNITED initiative is continuing proactive efforts to enhance opportunities, advance youth advocacy and help ensure the safety of all residents with a focus on black men and boys.

More than 200 youth and young adults as part of Fort Wayne UNITED took part in the recent Global Leadership

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‘THANK YOU’ TO THE AMERICAN WORKER – Voice Of The Township

On Monday, September 4, my staff and I will be hosting a booth at the Annual Labor Day Picnic in Headwaters Park organized through the Northeast Indiana Building Trades who have their offices on Waynewood Drive in Waynedale. We have been attending this event for several years now, meeting so many

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SOON-TO-BE RETIREMENT FOR THREE EMPLOYEES AT WAYNE TOWNSHIP OFFICE – Voice Of The Township

In my last column I mentioned that several staff members here at Wayne Township would be retiring in the coming months. I’d like to tell you about three of them today.

Bonnie Freeman has worked for the Wayne Township Trustee Office since 1990. She was in the accounting department for several years

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