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Regional Development Authority Elects Board Chairs

July 13th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 13, 2015

Regional Development Authority Elects Board Chairs

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Today, July 13, the five-member inaugural board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) held their first official meeting and elected their officers.

The three elected officials of the RDA board are Chairman Jeff Turner of Metal Technologies, Vice Chairman Bob Marshall of Campbell & Fetter Bank and Secretary and Treasurer Gene Donaghy of Northeastern REMC. The other board members include Brad Bishop of OrthoWorx and Andrew Briggs of Bank of Geneva.

As required by state statute, the RDA is the quasi-governmental entity that has been created to apply for state funding available through the Regional Cities Initiative. The five member RDA board was chosen from an initial slate of 22 candidates. The Northeast Indiana RDA represents Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

“I am excited and honored to serve as the first chair of an extremely qualified board of directors. The focus of our board will be to advance projects that have regional impact on quality of life,” said RDA board chairman Jeff Turner of Metal Technologies. “We are committed to collaboration, setting aside any local concerns in favor of what is best for Northeast Indiana.”

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry attended the board’s public meeting, and congratulated the new board members for their progressive leadership.

“Congratulations to the board members of the new Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority. We’re working collaboratively in Northeast Indiana to move our region forward to the next level and other parts of the state are beginning to take notice. We’re making a positive statement that our cities and counties are committed to continuing to work together to make a meaningful difference. We must invest in the future to attract and retain jobs and be a leader in quality of place amenities,” said Henry.

The goal of the Regional Cities Initiative is to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by creating a national identity for Indiana cities. Regions have been invited to compete for up to $42 million in state matching funds by submitting proposals with a slate of game‐changing, quality of life projects (amenities and attractions that will attract and retain young talent).

To find out more about the Regional Cities Initiative, go to www.neindiana.com/regionalcities.

About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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 creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering 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. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit www.NEIndiana.com.

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc.s main focus is on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.GreaterFortWayneInc.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Courtney Tritch
Vice President of Marketing
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
260.469.3460
courtney@NEIndiana.com

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