Community invited to explore Wabash County during regional field trip series


Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership


News release from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:

Community invited to explore Wabash County during regional field trip series

(July 14, 2015) – To continue to build momentum around quality of life assets in the region and help attract and retain Millennial talent, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. are inviting community members to attend the first- ever “regional field trip”. The first field trip in the series will feature Wabash County on August 14. Attendees will enjoy a free, half-day guided tour of Wabash’s exciting and spirited downtown.

The Wabash Field Trip is the first in a series to highlight communities across Northeast Indiana. The regional field trip will offer a unique look into quality of life success stories as well as detailed explanations of future quality of life plans for the area. In addition to highlighting progress, the trip will also help folks build connections with the county by learning about the creative options that make Northeast Indiana a great place to live.

Guests have two options for the Wabash Field Trip: take the free shuttle from Fort Wayne to Wabash or arrange personal transportation to meet the group. The event is free, but space is limited to 25 guests on the shuttle and 25 guests arranging personal transportation. All guests must RSVP and bring the RVSP confirmation slip to the tour. Guests can RSVP by visiting our website at

The shuttle takes off at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14 from 200 East Main St., in downtown Fort Wayne. Attendees can load the shuttle on Barr Street next to the 1st Source Building. Guests arranging personal transportation must meet the group promptly at 8:30 a.m. at The Honeywell Center, 275 West Market St., in Wabash.

The guided tour of Wabash will include a visit to The Honeywell Center, Eagles Theatre, walking tour of downtown, stop at the Economic Development Group of Wabash County then finishing with networking and lunch. Free time to explore is included; however, the event is time-sensitive to accommodate busy schedules. The tour wraps up at 12:30 p.m. and the bus returns to Fort Wayne at 1:30 p.m.

“The regional field trip series connects neighbors with the surrounding region through a warm and welcoming guided tour,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “By highlighting the creative quality of life assets around the region, we’re inspiring a shared vision of future growth essential to attract and retain talent.”

The goal of the Regional Cities Initiative is to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by creating a national identity for Indiana cities. Regions have been invited to compete for up to $42 million in state matching funds by submitting proposals with a slate of game?changing, quality of life projects (amenities and attractions that will attract and retain young talent).

To experience the charming, and picturesque downtown in Wabash, simply visit and RSVP for the first-ever Wabash Field Trip!


About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit


About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc.’s main focus is on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit


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