News release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Mayor Henry to hold State of the City Feb. 10 at IPFW
Free 5:30 p.m. event at Rhinehart Music Center welcomes families, students, business community

(February 1, 2010) – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced today that the annual State of the City address will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Rhinehart Music Center. The community event will feature a new time, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“The State of the City address is an annual tradition that belongs to the people of this community,” said Mayor Henry. “I wanted a time that would allow more members of the workforce, students and families to attend. Put Feb.10 on your calendar. Please come and find out what is happening in your city government.”

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and people are encouraged to arrive by 5:15. It is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Mayor Henry’s address is scheduled to focus on projects and initiatives in 2010 with highlights of City government’s successes in 2009. It should be about 30 minutes in length. The address will also be carried live by Indiana’s NewsCenter Channel 21.1 and NewsChannel 15 plus City TV.

IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell will introduce Mayor Henry.

“Fort Wayne’s colleges and universities are critical partners in our community’s efforts to attract and retain high-skill, high-wage jobs and promote business growth. By holding the annual State of the City address at IPFW, the City is showcasing one of the newest buildings at northeast Indiana’s largest university and highlighting the role IPFW and other Fort Wayne colleges and universities are playing in our economic and workforce development,” Mayor Henry said.

A catered reception in the Rhinehart lobby will follow the speech. Free surface parking is available north of the building.

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