Public invited to Legacy Fort Wayne forums

Media release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Public invited to Legacy Fort Wayne forums
Meetings to Engage Community on Future of City Light Lease Funds

(February 8, 2011) – Mayor Tom Henry and the Legacy Fort Wayne Task Force today asked the people of Fort Wayne to “save the dates” for upcoming community meetings that will help to determine the future of the Fort Wayne Community Trust and City Light Lease Settlement funds. Nine public sessions are scheduled at convenient sites across the city throughout the month of March.

“The community engagement phase of Legacy Fort Wayne is just around the corner,”
said Mayor Henry. “I’m inviting every resident to get involved. Nine public meetings are planned. Find the one that is closest to you and mark it on your calendar today. Then come to the event and help shape the future of these legacy funds. If you’d like to share an idea right now, go to and join the conversation at any time.”

The Legacy Fort Wayne forums will be held at the following locations:

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[li]March 7th – United Hispanic Americans (2424 Fairfield Avenue) 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.[/li]
[li]March 7 Neighborhood Association Presidents’ Meeting (Omni Room, City-County Building One East Main Street) 6:30 p.m.[/li]
[li]March 8 Catherine Kasper Place (2826 South Calhoun Street) 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Large Conference Room[/li]
[li]March 9 Public Safety Academy of Northeast Indiana (Second Floor Classroom, 7602 Patriot Crossing) 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.[/li]
[li]March 10 Canterbury High School (Auditorium, 3210 Smith Road) 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.[/li]
[li]March 14 Allen County Public Library – Downtown ( Rooms B & C) 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m and 5:30 – 7:00 pm[/li]
[li]March 15 Snider High School (Cafeteria, 4600 Fairlawn Pass) 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.[/li]
[li]March 16 Northrop High School (Cafeteria, 7001 Coldwater Road) 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.[/li]

The public events are only one facet of the Legacy Fort Wayne community engagement process. The civic participation component will feature a broad array of outreach and communications methods, both traditional and digital. The complete campaign will be outlined in more detail in the near future.

One online tool,, is already up and running, allowing the people of Fort Wayne to submit ideas, discuss them and vote on their preferences.

“Legacy Fort Wayne has given us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a lasting impact on our community,” added Mayor Henry. “Our challenge is to look to the future. These unique funds can become a mighty catalyst. If we use these unique resources wisely, we can strengthen Fort Wayne, better position us for economic growth and make our city a place of pride and opportunity for generations to come.”

All of the public input gathered during the community involvement process will be considered by the Task Force as the members formulate the recommendations they will make to the Mayor and share with Fort Wayne City Council.

The full initiative, including all Task Force events, is open to the public. Task Force sessions are also broadcast live on City TV (Comcast 58 and Frontier FiOS 28). Video of the first Task Force meeting, in its entirety, is available on the Legacy Fort Wayne website at

The next Task Force meeting is slated for Thursday, February 10, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Allen County Public Library, Rooms A and B, 900 Library Plaza. This is a working session for the Task Force. Public comment will not be taken.

Formed by Mayor Henry, Legacy Fort Wayne is the community initiative to guide decision making about the Fort Wayne Community Trust and City Light Lease Settlement funds.

While Legacy Fort Wayne will unfold over the next several months, the two funds will not become available until the settlement agreement has received the approval of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

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