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.

Recent economic reports show that Indiana’s economy is continuing to grow stronger. Our unemployment rate is below the national average and our labor force participation rate has outperformed the national average for 25 months in a row.

These reports confirm what Hoosiers know to be true – Indiana is a great place to work, live and raise a family.
In the last few months, there have been numerous announcements of companies relocating or expanding in Indiana, providing Hoosiers with more job...

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Mayor and Police

I recently announced that Steve Reed has been appointed as police chief for the City of Fort Wayne effective August 1.

Reed has been with the Fort Wayne Police Department since 1993. Most recently, he has served as assistant police chief since January 2014. In addition, Reed has held positions of director of training at the Fort Wayne Police Academy, deputy chief southwest division, captain of investigative division, sergeant of internal affairs, homicide team sergeant, and detective. Prior to...

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Back in April I wrote about the community gardens at Foster Park West on Bluffton Road. Maybe you remember the picture of Velveeta the lady scarecrow standing over one of the garden plots and pointing at the river. I mentioned in the article that the use of community gardens, not just here in Fort Wayne but across the country, has been on the rise by both long-time local gardeners and by citizens who have more recently joined our community.

Members of the Burmese community, for example, have...

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Many of the laws that were passed during the General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session took effect with the start of Indiana’s new fiscal year on July 1.

My colleagues and I worked this year to address a wide range of issues. From protecting children and assisting veterans, to stopping drug dealers and streamlining BMV services, these new laws will have a positive impact on our state.

Here are some of the laws passed by the General Assembly this year that are now in effect:

Senate Enrolled...

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Another academic year has wound up, and at the Wayne Township Trustee Board Meeting held at our office in downtown Fort Wayne on July 12 we awarded Recognizing Achievement Scholarships to three 2016 high school graduates who will be attending institutions of higher learning later this fall. Here are their stories.

Maya Gates, who graduated this June from Wayne High School, has been accepted to attend Indiana University at Bloomington. Maya was accepted to IU’s “Groups Scholar Program” meaning...

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I recently joined community leaders and riverfront advocates to unveil the schematic designs for the first phase of riverfront development to enhance Fort Wayne and the region.

Development would occur in eight areas on the south and north sides of the St. Marys River between Harrison Street and the historic Wells Street Bridge. Highlights of the plans include a promenade, park pavilion, event lawn, entry plaza with sculpture/signage, urban bioswale, educational water feature, urban...

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