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IPFW names director of research institute

Ellen Cutter will join IPFW as the new director for the Community Research Institute, officials announced Monday. Cutter replaces John Stafford who announced his retirement this past May.

Cutter was previously a principal and the director of research for Market Street Services, a community, economic and workforce development consulting firm in Atlanta. Her eight-year tenure included strategic planning and technical assistance services in over 20 states and dozens of communities. Prior to Market Street, Ellen was an AmeriCorps volunteer in rural Oregon, serving as the special projects manager for the Port of Cascade Locks.

Cutter holds a master of city and regional planning degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a focus on economic development and land use. She is a certified urban planner and a member of the American Planning Association.

Cutter’s first day is July 22. Stafford will continue with the Community Research Institute part-time through the end of the year in addition to teaching classes in Urban Policy and Public Finance through fall semester 2013.

CANI receives aid for homeless veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has awarded $5.1 million in homeless prevention grants for 59 counties in Indiana, including 27 counties served by Community Action of Northeast Indiana, based in Fort Wayne.

The grants will aid homeless and at-risk military veterans and their families through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. CANI received $436,930 to provide temporary assistance to 148 low-income veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.

Veterans needing aid should call 1-877-424-3838.

Ivy Tech offers quick enrollment

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is offering an “Enrollment Express Lane” on July 24 to help prospective students enroll during one campus visit.

The walk-in assistance is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Student Life Center on the College’s North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive. Fall classes begin Aug. 19.

College recruiters will help students complete the admission application, new student orientation, the federal student aid application, the placement assessment, and select courses for the fall or spring semesters, according to a media release from the school.

Students should bring their high school transcript for an evaluation for a possible assessment waiver. For assessment, individuals must have a valid ID. Participants who have not filed for financial aid should bring their 2012 tax returns.

For more information, contact Zach Rodgers at 260-480-4221 or

Whitley County road closing Wednesday

Whitley County Road 800 E at the Allen-Whitley county line is scheduled to close between Indiana 14 and Covington Road on Wednesday and Thursday for culvert replacement.