Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

Happy New Year to all of you. I’m looking forward to a great 2016 and appreciate your interest and commitment in having the positive momentum in Fort Wayne continue as we work together to have continued successes in economic development, job creation, neighborhood improvement projects, public safety, and parks.

I recently announced the City of Fort Wayne will move forward with a proposal for the creation of a Quimby Village Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district.

Leaders from the Fort Wayne...

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Have you noticed that the Indiana license plates we’ve been sporting for the past three years celebrate our state’s bicentennial? That’s right, this year Indiana will be two hundred years old. In the summer of 1816 forty-three delegates came together and drew up our first state constitution, and in December that year Indiana became the nineteenth state to be admitted to the United States of America.

Not only have license plates been announcing our bicentennial, but just this week the U.S...

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Indiana has a part-time citizen legislature, which means the General Assembly is only in session for two-and-a-half to four months at the start of each year so that lawmakers are able to continue living and working in the districts they represent.

During the upcoming session, which begins January 5 and will last about 10 weeks, state lawmakers will be focusing on top priorities for our state, including road funding, supporting our teachers and schools, and growing our economy.

While lawmakers...

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I recently joined neighborhood and business leaders to announce that the City of Fort Wayne is contracting with Indigo Centers to attract more retail to south Fort Wayne. Indigo Centers is a Birmingham, Michigan, retail real estate firm specializing in advisory and consulting, leasing, brokerage, investment sales, property management and retail recruitment.

A recent analysis of commercial opportunities in south Fort Wayne found demand for as many as 120 new retail shops and restaurants in the...

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Voice Trustee Christmas

While our weather so far has been unseasonably mild, the days continue to grow shorter as we approach the start of winter. It puts me in mind that the holidays we celebrate at this time of year, with all of their warmth, candles and colorful lights, are probably meant to comfort people in the face of this cold, dark season. It’s no wonder that we celebrate the holidays this way; all of these hours of darkness can feel pretty cold and lonely. In the depths of winter we turn to each other, family...

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It’s hard to think of a profession that has a greater impact on our future than teaching. Indiana has a long tradition of excellent classroom instruction, and our part of the state is no exception.

Earlier this year, Jean Russell, who teaches at Haverhill Elementary School within Southwest Allen County Schools, was named the Indiana Teacher of the Year. I commend Jean for her hard work and tremendous passion for teaching. With her 25 years of teaching experience and numerous prior awards and...

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