Waynedale Business

FORT WAYNE RECEIVES NATIONAL/STATE HONORS  New Jobs Coming to Bluffton Road  Earlier this month the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) awarded the City of Fort Wayne two prestigious awards. IACT officials recognized Fort Wayne for the Community Achievement Award and the prominent Green Community Award.  The Community Achievement Award recognized the City for its recycling program and efficiencies that saved money and generated revenues, doubled community participation and reduced residential garbage fees by more than a million dollars.  Those of you who are recycling, and there are many of you, helped us achieve these awards. Recycling participation has grown from 34% to 70% and with the new revenue sharing process we were able to pay off $1.6 million dollars in Solid Waste Department debt plus reduce garbage fees by more than a million dollars. By the time you read this you should already be noticing that reduction on your bill.  Recycling efforts were also a part of Fort Wayne’s receiving the Green Community Award. In addition to recycling, the Green Community Award recognizes sustainable efforts in the community using LED lights, low-flow toilets, auto emission reduction through the City’s green fleet, a reduction of paper usage and the capture and use of methane produced at the Water Pollution Control Plant.  The contributions that lead to the Green Community Award have also saved the City money in water and electricity usage and, with our green fleet, we’ve been able to reduce fuel consumption, once again saving the City money.  Fleet Nationally Recognized I should also share that our Fleet Department was honored as one of the top 40 Green Fleets in the country this month. The award given by Government Fleet magazine ranked Fort Wayne as No. 12 on the list. We were the only Indiana City to make the list.  The City fleet, which consists of about 1,800 vehicles including police, fire street, utility, animal care, parking, and neighborhood code -- was recognized for reducing emissions, working with manufacturers to develop hybrid work trucks and employing other initiatives to make its fleet more energy efficient. The Fort Wayne fleet was among the first Midwestern fleets to incorporate hybrid vehicles (dating back to 2004) and has been running B-20 (20 percent soybean oil) in diesel engines since 2005 and E-85 (85 percent ethanol or homegrown fuels) in police vehicles for four years.  Jobs Coming to Waynedale Area No doubt, many of you have noticed the progress of the $36 million General Mills Customer Service Facility being built on Bluffton Road. The foundation has been poured and walls have gone up on the building expected to be completed in August 2012. The project will boost our economy, not only during the construction phase, but also by the creation of 65 new jobs in our community. General Mills has contracted with Excel Logistics to initiate the hiring process to fill the new positions; however, hiring is not slated to begin until next spring. I’m proud to have General Mills in our community and wish them much success in their new expansion phase. The commitment to the Bluffton Road location will have a positive impact on the Waynedale area.

A few years ago, the National Association of Professional Organizers designated the first week of October as Get Organized Week. And while you may have misplaced your notification of this event, it's nonetheless a good time to see just how organized you are in the important areas of your life — such as your finances.

You can organize your finances in two basic ways: by keeping track of where your various accounts are located and by consolidating your assets. Let's look at both these areas.

To...

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Fall has arrived, and so has the time when motorists in many states are more likely to encounter deer on streets and highways. Unfortunately, these meetings often result in a serious traffic accident.

Hundreds of thousands of animal-vehicle crashes occur each year, the majority with deer. This results in millions of dollars of damages, injuries and in some cases, even death.

Sometimes these accidents are unavoidable, particularly during the fall months into early winter when deer are active...

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Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

You may not see it posted on your calendar, but October 16 – 22 is National Save for Retirement Week. This annual event, endorsed by Congress, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement — so you may want to take some time this week to review your own strategy for achieving the retirement lifestyle you've envisioned.

If you're not convinced of the need for an event such as National Save for Retirement Week, just consider these statistics, taken from the...

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Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

You may be unaware of it, but September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And while a whole month may seem like a long time to focus on life insurance, it's actually a good opportunity for you to realize the important role that life insurance can play in your life.

Unfortunately, many people don't have sufficient insurance. A recent report by LIMRA, a research and consulting group, shows the following:

•Individual life insurance ownership among U.S. households has reached a 50-year...

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Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

If you're planning to get remarried, you have plenty of company: More than 40% of all U.S. weddings are second marriages for at least one of the participants, according to an estimate by the National Stepfamily Resource Center. Naturally, a second marriage will bring many changes to your life — not the least of which may be changes in your financial strategy and goals.

In fact, your remarriage should cause you to take a close look at these areas:
•Past financial obligations — Before even...

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Dave, (everybody called him Shark Boy) found himself in an embarrassing situation, it was dark and he was standing on a rocky outcrop with Delilah. She had pulled him close to her and kissed him, but when she unsnapped his jeans they dropped like a rock because of the recently found coins he had stuffed in his pockets—they hit the ground with a thud.

"G-G-Gee Delilah" stammered Dave, "I-I-I told Jesse I'd b-b-be right back so, I have to go now."

Delilah only knew a few words of English but...

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