Progress Continues with Blight Elimination Program

The City of Fort Wayne's Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services is beginning its next round of demolitions as part of the statewide Blight Elimination Program. The City's contractor recently demolished an abandoned and vacant home at 615 Watkins Street. The property will be deeded to Nebraska Neighborhood Association to use as park space. 

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Joyner Named Community Development Director 

Mayor Tom Henry recently announced Cindy Joyner has been promoted to director of the City of Fort Wayne's Community Development Division. Joyner has 16 years of experience in local government. Since 2008, she's served as a deputy director in the Community Development Division overseeing the Neighborhood Code Compliance Department. 

Clyde Theatre Celebrates Grand Opening

With help from the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission and Legacy Fort Wayne, the Clyde Theatre's more than $7.5 million renovation is now complete.  Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack and representatives from city, regional, and state economic development organizations recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Clyde Theatre at Quimby Village, 1808 Bluffton Road, southwest of downtown Fort Wayne.

Public Art Program Needs Volunteers 

The City's Community Development Division is looking for volunteers to support the newly created Public Art Program. Anyone interested in volunteering should visit this website and fill out a statement of interest form by May 15.  

Weed Program to Start May 21

Because of April's cool temperatures, the City's Weed Program will start later than normal. This year, the program will kick off May 21, 2018. Neighborhood Code Compliance is responsible for enforcing the program, which calls for weeds or grass to be no taller than nine inches. For the first time this year, Weed Inspectors will use a new computer app that will help increase productivity by approximately 25 percent. 

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Fort Wayne UNITED Hosts Dialogue on Race 

Fort Wayne UNITED is offering its most recent "Dialogue on Race" sessions at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 W. Washington Blvd. The sessions run every Wednesday through May 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. and all are welcome to come and  join the discussion about how we can better understand, and get along with, people who are different from ourselves. If you can't make these discussions, a future "Dialogue on Race" session will start in August at Blackhawk Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd. Watch future editions of this newsletter for more details.

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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry recently announced that ten local businesses are the recipients of Commercial Facade Grants. This year's recipients are in all quadrants of the city and are on well-traveled corridors. 

May is a Great Time for a Bike Ride!

The Kickstart Festival Planning Committee is pleased to present Kickstart Festival 2018 in the month of May in Fort Wayne. The Kickstart Festival is a month-long celebration of bikes, music, art and theatre, ushering in a summer filled with activity in our community. Many of the Kickstart events are free or low-cost. Visit for the complete event listing.