By Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel
It’s been more than three years since a group of local business leaders suggested the need to improve coordination and efficiency among Fort Wayne’s sometimes overlapping economic development agencies.
Today, after months of behind-the-scenes talks, three of those agencies were expected to take first public step toward that goal – with others possibly following if the effort succeeds.
Representatives of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Alliance and the Downtown Improvement District, together with Mayor Tom Henry and Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, scheduled a news conference today officially billed as an “effort to promote stronger alignment and increase the competitive position of the community . . . (by working) together.”
But, in fact, the result could be far more than sweeping than mere cooperation. By the end of the year, a plan could be in place to combine the three organizations into a single entity with a single address – a consolidation that may or may not produce savings or affect jobs but is expected to improve the effectiveness of the dollars that are spent. More here.