With recent increased attention on the downtown Fort Wayne development projects that were specified in the Regional Cities proposal – a downtown arena, riverfront development, Cityscape Flats, Embassy improvements, Clyde Theater renovations, and more – YLNI believes these projects are vital to the community’s growth and continued momentum. YLNI membership encourages local and state governments to partner with local and regional economic development organizations to find viable solutions that would allow financing for these projects to come primarily from private funding, with support from public funds.
YLNI recently surveyed its membership to gain insights on how individuals within the organization feel about the various development projects taking place downtown and the responses were overwhelmingly positive.
“One of the benefits of being a member of YLNI is having a voice and influence in community development, and our collective voice has said loud and clear that if Northeast Indiana is going to continue to be a desirable place to live and work then investment in downtown Fort Wayne is essential,” said Ryan Krueckeberg, YLNI Vice President.
In 2014, YLNI identified the following priorities for advancing its mission of attracting, developing, and retaining emerging leaders: early childhood education, increased funding for downtown development, increased resources for entrepreneurial programs, and equitable funding for public higher education institutions. The projects contained in the Regional Cities Initiative address those priorities.
To showcase the future for downtown and receive public feedback, YLNI, along with the City of Fort Wayne, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Visit Fort Wayne, Downtown Improvement District, Arts United, and Magic 95.1, will host a Downtown Blueprint Block Party on the Landing. The block party is on October 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 21Alive Interview: http://bit.ly/1QarNGC