News release from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:
Final Regional Cities plan submitted, premiere event planned
(August 19, 2015) – The final proposal for Northeast Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative is finished. Come join us as the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, through its Vision 2020 Initiative, and Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. submit the application at a celebration event from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Parkview’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Dr., in Fort Wayne.
The Road to One Million Premiere Event will feature the first look at the final application by highlighting the 38 projects and $400 million in investments planned for the first two years. The proposal draws from hundreds of existing community plans, focus groups in each county, interviews with stakeholders, walking tours and planned private sector investments. The full portfolio of $1.4 billion in investments features 70 projects including phase 1 projects (years 1 and 2); longer term projects (years 3-8 implementation); and ideas for projects beyond the state’s initial 8-year timeframe.
“The Road to One Million”, as proclaimed by our giant 30’x40′ touring flag, is the rallying cry for Northeast Indiana to reach one million residents, and the focus of Northeast Indiana’s Regional Cities proposal. Currently, Northeast Indiana’s population is growing at a rate of .7 percent, while benchmarked communities across the United States are growing around 2 percent.
“In Northeast Indiana, â€˜good’ is not good enough. We share a vision of bucking Midwest trends and breaking new ground–a vision of becoming a region of one million people by developing the quality of life needed to attract top talent and expand our business landscape,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “We have the vision, the plan and the courageous leaders needed to transform potential into progress. We are excited to be submitting the proposal with the region.”
The Regional Cities Initiative is a public-private partnership proposed and led by Governor Mike Pence with support from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The goal of the Regional Cities Initiative is to make Indiana a magnet for talent by creating a national identity for Indiana cities. Regions are competing 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).
Want to be a part of the momentum? Simply visit www.neindiana.com/regionalcities to RSVP for the free event.
To find out more about the Regional Cities Initiative, go to www.neindiana.com/regionalcities.
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 www.NEIndiana.com.
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 https://www.greaterfortwayneinc.com/.