Mayor Provides Update on Legacy Fort Wayne

Economic development, downtown, riverfront, and youth highlight recommendations

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today provided an update on Legacy Fort Wayne and announced a series of Legacy recommendations that call for transformational opportunities for Fort Wayne. 

Formed by Mayor Henry in 2011, Legacy Fort Wayne is an initiative to guide decision making about the Fort Wayne Community Trust and City Light Lease Settlement funds. Currently, approximately $47 million in funding is available with an additional $28 million to be received over the next several years.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to the Legacy Task Force, Legacy Champion Teams, Legacy Finance Team, and the Mayor’s Advisory Board. They have invested their time, talent and energy for the Legacy Fort Wayne initiative. Their commitment and dedication are to be commended,” said Mayor Henry. “I also want to thank the countless number of people in our community who submitted ideas and proposals. By working together, we are moving our community forward in a positive direction. This has been a tremendous journey to think big and develop plans to bring about transformational change.”

At tonight’s informal 5th Tuesday discussion with City Council, the Mayor’s administration will provide a status report on Legacy Fort Wayne, including a recap of the unprecedented public involvement and outreach, an overview of Legacy recommendations and the next steps to advance them.

The Legacy recommendations outlined below focus on economic development; downtown and riverfront development; and youth development/prep sports. 

Downtown/Riverfront Development
*Riverfront Development Plan and Implementation
*Downtown Opportunity Fund and Downtown Trust
*Downtown Area Higher Education Opportunity Fund
*Downtown Overpass/Underpass Beautification and Lighting
*Ewing/Fairfield Conversion
Strategic Infrastructure
*Trail Development

Youth Development and Prep Sports
*Youth Sports Assessment/Market Potential Study and Implementation

*McMillen Community Center

*Fort Wayne Education Endowment
*Fort Wayne Public Service/Social Service Endowment
*Entrepreneurship Endowment
*Downtown Public Art Endowment

Legacy Fort Wayne used 12 different communications methods encompassing seven open public forums, five specific audience meetings, group proposals, Meetups, Feedback Fort Wayne (UserVoice), the Legacy website’s Idea Form, telephone calls, e-mails, U.S. Mail, hand delivery, Facebook, 311, and the Mayor’s Night In.

“Legacy Fort Wayne asked each of us to look to the future, to think long term, to be bold. As a community, we took that challenge to heart. Each of the Legacy recommendations represents a unique opportunity to enhance Fort Wayne and better position us for growth. Each reflects our collective determination to build on our investments, build on our strengths and build on the promise of tomorrow. Each has the potential to be a real, true and lasting legacy,” said Mayor Henry.

As part of today’s update to the community, Mayor Henry strongly encouraged City Council to approve the Fort Wayne Community Trust Ordinance. Honoring the input of the public, the ordinance ensures the best stewardship of the Legacy funds, promotes their continued careful investment and management, and defines their catalytic role in community development. A preliminary vote on the ordinance could occur at the November 6 City Council meeting with final passage on November 13.