Fort Wayne MSA Outperforms Nation for 23 Months & Counting

October 9th, 2012

October 9, 2012       

Fort Wayne MSA Outperforms Nation for 23 Months & Counting...

Fort Wayne MSA is one of only 23 metros (out of 372) Growing Faster than the Nation    

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Fort Wayne MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) has outpaced the nation in monthly job growth consistently for the past 23 months according to a new report released by Garner Economics LLC. The Fort Wayne MSA (Allen, Whitley and Wells counties) is one of only 23 MSAs to achieve this milestone out of 372 MSAs nationwide.    

And the good news doesnt stop there. According to additional analysis by the Community Research Institute (CRI) at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), the Fort Wayne MSA has actually outpaced the nation for the past 28 consecutive months.    

"Northeast Indiana has traditionally been first in on the recession and last out and that is not at all the story this time around," said John Stafford, Director of the Community Research Institute. "These numbers are very encouraging and provide a solid foundation for the metro area's recovery from the 'Great Recession'."    

This is excellent news for the regional leaders who have been collaborating to change the story of Northeast Indiana and reverse the decline in per capita income that Northeast Indiana has seen for the past 40 years relative to the nation.    

"This data affirms that we are on the right track in creating truly transformative change in Northeast Indiana," said John Sampson, President & CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the organization that spearheads Vision 2020. "I've seen regional leaders make immense strides in collaboration and prioritizing strategies for the region with Vision 2020 and I have no doubt that we will continue to pick up momentum as we move our regional vision forward."    

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the Partnership supports its 10 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

Courtney Tritch
Marketing Director
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership


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