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  • 08 Oct 2015 3:02 PM | Chris Polhamus (Administrator)

    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. 

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  • 07 Oct 2015 3:02 PM | Chris Polhamus (Administrator)

    Looking for a frightfully fun time this October?  This monthArchitecture & Community Heritage (ARCH), Fort Wayne’s organization for historic preservation, is offering tours of Fort Wayne that will give you chills!  Learn true stories about West Central Neighborhood on the Haunted History walking tours or listen to frightening tales of Headwaters Park and The Embassy on theFright Night walking and bus tours.  Be sure to check out their website for more information and to purchase your tickets today!

    The cost of the walking tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-17) and the bus tour is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 6-17).  

      Haunted History of West Central Walking Tour
           October 10 @ 7pm - 8pm
           October 24 @ 7pm - 8pm
      Fright Night - Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Walking Tours
           October 17th @ 6pm - 11pm (Every hour on the hour)
      Fright Night - Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Bus Tours
           October 17 @ 6pm - 11pm (Every hour on the hour)

    For tickets or more info, click here:

  • 05 Oct 2015 3:01 PM | Chris Polhamus (Administrator)

    Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre or ghost?  If the answer is “yes,” then don’t wait another minute. Pick up the phone and call the professionals…Ghostbusters!

    Join Sweets.So.Geek for their last movie night of the year!  Big Apple Pizza and Vietnummy will be there serving their delicious food!  There will also be a psychic doing tarot card readings, Fort Wayne’s BSR Paranormal on site talking about real “ghostbusting,” Cinema Center with their world famous beer tent, and more! 

  • 05 Oct 2015 3:01 PM | Chris Polhamus (Administrator)

    Today marks the final day you can register or update your registration to vote in the 2015 election.  If you like to wait until the last minute, then this is it!  It doesn’t get any easier than registering online.  Go to the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System website to review your status, update your information, or register to vote and visit the Allen County Election Board websiteto see a sample ballot, find out when and where you can vote early, or even vote by mail.  Early voting starts tomorrow, October 6th, at the Rousseau Centre from 8am-4:30pm so be sure to check out the YLNI the Vote webpage for a candidate brochure to make you a more informed voter.  

  • 02 Oct 2015 3:00 PM | Chris Polhamus (Administrator)

    Join Science Central on October 3, as they put the science in science fiction. As part of Science Central’s 20th anniversary activities they will host a special event celebrating science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comic books and more. Take photos with classic Star Wars characters including the 501st Legion, R2-D2, and even the Death Star! Man the bridge of a Starship or join a gaming session.  Buy from vendors in the marketplace or participate in a panel of local experts including discussions from local university professors discussing the science in popular science fiction movies, members of the Midwest R2 Builder’s Club discussing how their robots work, and the 501st Legion discussing what it takes to become the world’s largest Imperial costuming organization.  

    Where: Science Central
    When: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10am-5pm 
    Cost: $8.00 Admission/ Free with Science Central Membership 
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  • 02 Oct 2015 2:59 PM | Chris Polhamus (Administrator)

    The YLNI Farmer’s Market will setup shop this winter atWunderkammer Company starting from October 10 - April 23!  

    Shop for fresh produce, meats, handmade accessories, and much more from over 30 local vendors. The market will be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9am to 1pm.

  • 02 Oct 2015 2:31 PM | Chris Polhamus (Administrator)

    Do you like to tinker, fiddle, dabble, or diddle?  Then you, my friend, are a maker.  The maker culture has increased in popularity as of late thanks in part to Maker Faires, Film Fests, and most importantly Maker Spaces such as the Allen County Public Library Maker Labs.  The Maker Lab is collaborative work-space and a great place to learn and use new technologies, get help with a project you are working on, or even help with starting an entirely new project.  Do not miss out on some of their cool October classes/workshops!  To register for classes/workshops, or to find out more information about the lab and the lab’s hours, click here.

    All workshops are free, but advanced registration is needed (patrons will need an email address).   3D Printing is $1.00 for things printing in less than 60 min.,  $2.00 for things printing in less than 120 min., $3.00 for things printing in less than 3 hours, etc. 

    Allen County Library Main Branch for October:

    • 3D Printing Workshop - Tuesday, October 6th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
    • 3D Printing Workshop - Saturday, October 17th @ 10am - 12pm

    Georgetown Branch for October

    • Soldering 101 - Mondays @ 6pm - 8pm
    • 3D Printing 101 - Tuesdays @ 6pm - 8pm & Saturdays @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    • Light Up Halloween Masks - Wednesdays @ 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    • Conductive Paint Jack O Lanterns - Wednesdays @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    • Adobe InDesign 101 - Thursdays @ 6pm - 8pm
    • Sewing 101 (Coffee Cozy) - Saturdays @ 11:30am - 1:30pm

    To register for classes/workshops, or for more information, click here.

  • 30 Sep 2015 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    Tonight, Riverfront Fort Wayne is showcasing the Historic Wells Street Bridge.  In 1884, when New York was putting a cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty and D.C. was finishing the Washington Monument, Fort Wayne was erecting the Wells Street Bridge.  Today the bridge stands as one of the only surviving examples of a 19th Century truss bridge originally designed to carry heavy traffic.  So this evening take a step back in time and head down to The Wells Street Bridge.  Grab something to eat from renowned Fort Wayne food trucks Affiné and Pizza Bomba and then listen to the music of The Fierce Invalids as they perform traditional acoustic blues and some old time country The event is free and everyone is invited!  

    And don’t forget to check out the 

    When:  Friday, September 25, 2015 6:00pm - 8:30pm 
    Where: Wells Street Bridge, Fort Wayne IN

  • 30 Sep 2015 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    On November 3rd Indiana voters will elect representatives for mayor, city council, and clerk. These offices don’t headline the national news, but in many ways, they can affect our community as much, if not more, than any other offices. They are positions held by our neighbors, our co-workers, and our peers, and they’ll help guide Fort Wayne through this inspirational rise in civic engagement and pride.

    Just 10 to 15 years ago Fort Wayne was seeing its young professionals moving to Indianapolis, Chicago and other locales after graduating from college. Recently, however, there has been a shift and more graduates are considering job opportunities right here in Fort Wayne. 

    This year’s election will place leaders who determine what this city has to offer to help retain and attract talent. Additionally, it will shape the type of community our children and grandchildren will grow up in. Issues like safety, education, entertainment, economic development, and jobs are on the forefront. We have a hotly contested mayoral race and could have as many as seven new city council members. Fort Wayne will have a new city clerk for the first time in over 30 years.

    Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana urges voters of all ages to pay attention to what the candidates are saying, doing, and advocating.

    As a nonpartisan organization that encourages young professionals to get involved, to make their mark, and to make their voices heard, we find it troubling that Indiana had the lowest voter turnout in the country last November. And, the 9.8 percent turnout in the May primary elections in Allen County was the lowest in history.

    Whether that was due to misinformation, lack of information, or just plain apathy, we’re not going to stand by and just hope more people turn out to vote in November. YLNI is committed to doing something about it by hosting multiple events, in partnership with several other organizations, to help engage and educate voters.

    – On Oct. 1, YLNI will host a “Meet the Candidates” night. Candidates have been invited to give a short speech to let attendees know who they are and what they stand for. The event is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre and is open to members of the participating organizations.

    – On Oct. 8, YLNI will host “Rally the Vote” – a free, family-friendly block party open to the public from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the Landing, Columbia Street in downtown Fort Wayne. Voters can vote at the County building until 4:30 p.m. and then join us for music, food, beverages and outdoor games.

    Just as important as increasing turnout is to have informed voters. Each election year YLNI produces a candidate information brochure. It contains general background information on the candidates, including their answers to questions regarding community issues. The brochure also includes a description of each office on the ballot and general voting information.

    More information on YLNI, the candidate brochure, and these events can be found at Information on how to register and where to cast your vote can be found at

    No matter what side of the aisle you tend to stand, or if you prefer to vote for a candidate instead of a party, please get educated on the candidates and issues, then exercise your right to vote.

    Jake Pickett is vice president of communications for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. He wrote this for Fort Wayne Newspapers.

    Link to Article:–active-voter-8946419

  • 30 Sep 2015 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    We need your input about downtown’s future!  YLNI is teaming up with the City of Fort Wayne and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. for theDowntown Fort Wayne BluePrint Block Party.  

    In 2003, the City, the County, and the Downtown Improvement District, along with input from citizens, created the Downtown Fort Wayne Blueprint for the Future to guide a large scale initiative to breathe new life into the downtown.  In 2005, the plan was updated and refined.  It’s now time to refresh the vision for the heart of our city.  

    Join us and share you ideas, enjoy free food and music, and enter a drawing for great prizes like free tickets to Jackson Brown at the Embassy, a free overnight stay at the Hilton, or a $50 gift card to any downtown restaurant.  

    What: October’s Hotspot and Block Party

    When: Thursday, October 22, 2015; 5 to 8pm, a brief program at 5:30pm

    Where: The Landing, Columbia Street.  

    More information:

    *Photo courtesy of KPC Media 

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