Stimulus Package Public Forum – 5/7/2009

City of Fort Wayne Seal

Press release from the City:

Community Service Council to host Public Forum about Stimulus Package
Learn about federal funding for City, community

The City of Fort Wayne’s Community Service Council will host a public forum about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, often referred to as the stimulus package, at 6 p.m. Thursday in City Council Chambers in the City-County Building.

Representatives from City Utilities, Parks, Police Department, Fire Department, greenways, Community Development, Citilink, non-profits, small business and others will make brief presentations about their area and what stimulus funding for which they could qualify.

“CSC members had a lot of questions about the stimulus package, and we figured others did too so we are hosting a meeting where the public can learn about the different funding sources that are available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and how that money can be used to benefit Fort Wayne,” said Beulah Stoker, CSC president.

In addition to the presentations, there will be a brief question and answer period.



  1. What is the Community Service Council? Who appointed it’s members and what is it’s function? Why does it exist? What the is going on now? Anybody?
    Has anyone else ever heard of this council before?

    • I had the same thoughts, John.

      On the Boards and Commissions page on the City’s website is the following information:

      Community Service Council – Mayor Henry appoints all 51 members. The CSC, as part of Community Oriented Policing/Government, serves the Mayor and citizens in an advisory role regarding issues that have a city-wide impact, working with the neighborhood and business area partnerships. Membership includes representation from various community organizations and agencies, as well as government.

  2. Stephen: On the same page is listed the focus of the CSC: “focusing on education,health care, diversity, mental health and youth”
    Per this press release, how do City Utilities, Parks Department, Police, Fire Greenways, Community Development, CitiLink, and small businesses fall into any of these foci? It looks like only the non-profits fit! I guess whenever us federal taxpayers are forced to provide give-away money, every entity gets in line! And locally we have to pay people like Steve Brody to tell us how to spend it! What a crock!


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