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.

The recent passage of a two-year state budget by the Indiana General Assembly includes several measures that will help Fort Wayne retain and gain jobs. The extension of property tax abatements for new manufacturing, research and development is very important. This will expand the current tax abatements that are currently given to economic revitalization areas. The extension of tax increment financing (TIF) will also assist Fort Wayne. TIF and tax abatements are two important economic...

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Paul Clarke's Living Legacy Greatly Benefits Area Youth

 

For the past six years the Paul Clarke Foundation has been generous enough to provide the Wayne Township Trustee's office with a grant for the youth "Computer Explorers Camp". The camp was designed to provide low-income children with the opportunity to participate in a high tech learning environment and to teach them the computer literacy skills necessary to be a part of America's mainstream. By offering these young minds another...

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At the time of this writing, there is one week to go in the 2005 Legislative Session, and several key issues remain undetermined. Far and away the most important of those is the biennial (two year) Budget that we must have finished by Friday, April 29th. Failure to get this budget passed by the 29th means Special Session, which, one would think, nobody wants. Yet there are groups out there who are hoping that we do have to go into overtime, because then it may mean that their favorite issue...

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Recently there's been some great news for the entire south side of Fort Wayne. Walmart has announced that they will open a new store at Southtown Centre (formerly Southtown Mall). A combination of Menard's —- which will break ground this year —- and Walmart at Southtown should draw even more businesses. The Mayor and City Council are determined to move the Southtown Centre project forward and at no long term cost to the taxpayer. I should add that over 1000 new jobs will be created by Menard's...

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More exciting investments continue to be made in our city. Wal-Mart has announced plans to build a new 200,000 square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter store at the former Southtown Mall site, now known as Southtown Centre.

Wal-Mart's commitment to Fort Wayne is another great example that Southtown Centre will be a thriving retail location for our residents. We believe $30 million will be invested at Southtown over the next two years. Hundreds of jobs are being created, and we are bringing hope and...

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Getting Job Experience without the Job First!

 

The social service agency network in our area provides the necessary assistance to clients in one form or another. Agencies are also the training ground for the social service providers of the future. This Community is blessed with outstanding local colleges where internship programs provide local students the hands-on training they need to get "Job Experience" before the job and are able to relate theory to practice. This Community Partnership...

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