Fort Wayne's Downtown Improvement District Weekly Newsletter
Newsletter Date: April 13, 2017 - Newsletter Issue 373

Submissions Open Until May 1: Events Contest

Due to its continued success, The Downtown Improvement District will once again be offering its Winter-Spring events contest which invites businesses, organizations, and individuals to submit their best ideas for events in February, March, or April 2018 for a chance to receive production support. Downtown Improvement District is pleased to announce that $10,000 has been allocated to the contest. Winning events will be awarded funding, as well an event consultation session. In the initial phase of the contest, the Downtown Improvement District will be accepting concept submissions until Monday May 1.

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Riverfront Phase 1 
RDA Approves Funding

The first phase of riverfront development will be focused on the public spaces in a park setting. Development would occur on the south and north sides of the St. Marys River between Harrison Street and the historic Wells Street Bridge. 

2017 Preview Party
Hobnobben Film Festival

You are invited to join us on May 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the City Exchange Shops for the official Preview Party!

Mother's Day Downtown
Join us on May 14

Free trolleys and event guides will connect you to great retail locations, restaurants, and Mother's Day themed activities around Downtown.  
New Tech Academy Student Venture Trade Show
City Exchange Shops

Come visit with some of Fort Wayne's up and coming young entrepreneurs! See the products and services these New Tech Academy students are preparing for the Believe in Your Business Shark Tank competition. 

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Mr. Polymath Interview
New blog post

Kris Church is co-owner of Mr. Polymath with Thomas Harber. Located in the City Exchange Shops, they have been open for business since October, 2016. I purchased a handful of items last week and was talking to Kris about how I love having a personal connection to the items in my home.
Genealogy Center
Curt Witcher Feature

Curt Witcher has been with the Genealogy Center in Downtown Fort Wayne for 38 years. To know him is to love him because of his passion for "story and family history". We are lucky to have one of the leading genealogy centers in the nation, and Curt and his experienced team are always available to help you find answers from the past.

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Public Radio Station
New Downtown Building

Mayor Tom Henry says the move is part of a growing Downtown, and he thinks public radio is a great fit for the space, which used to house The Glorious Church, but now sits unused.
RENT at The Embassy
Save the Date: June 13

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre.

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Bike Share Promo

Fort Wayne Bike Share has relaunched with more bikes and lower membership fees in Downtown Fort Wayne.  In 2017, riders can purchase an annual membership for just $30. Use the promo code Gobike365 and take an additional $5 off your purchase.

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Downtown Gateway Feature

Distiller for a Day:
Hands-On Workshop

Three Rivers Distilling Company

The Distiller for a Day workshop is designed for those with limited to no experience in distilling operations and who wish to enjoy a hands-on application of production techniques.

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