Fort Wayne-area leaders today announced plans to study how they can better coordinate their economic development efforts.
Mayor Tom Henry opened a news conference in the Grand Wayne Center’s lobby.Speakers included heads of the Allen County commissioners, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance and the Downtown Improvement District, or DID.
Mayor Henry said the organizations have the common goal of increasing investment in the city and county. The leaders want to shape and mobilize a collective vision, he said.
Other cities that have recently realigned economic development efforts include Milwaukee; Oklahoma City; and Lexington, Ky. Fort Wayne’s economic development experts have visited some of those cities and studied their plans.
Local leaders hope to adopt a collective economic development strategy by the end of the year.
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