Regional Opportunities Council Endorses Riverfront Development Funding Proposal

June 14th, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Regional Opportunities Council (ROC), the investor board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, voted in support of a resolution urging the Fort Wayne City Council to advance funding for Riverfront Development.

“A signature ‘quality of place’ project like the Riverfront Promenade will play an important role in taking our community from good to great and will be a crucial element in attracting and retaining the kinds of highly skilled people we need to fill job openings in our region. The Regional Opportunities Council stands firmly behind this game-changing initiative, which will pay dividends now and for decades to come, as Northeast Indiana continues to compete for the very best talent,” said Ray Kusisto, CEO of Ortho NorthEast and chair of the ROC.

The resolution passed reads as follows:

“The Regional Opportunities Council resolves to strongly encourage the Fort Wayne City Council to advance timely funding of phase II of the Riverfront Development project.”

“I was an opponent of the downtown ballpark project in 2007, and I was proven wrong by the results of that project,” said James Khan, President of Baker Street Steakhouse and The Hoppy Gnome and member of the ROC. “The transformation of downtown Fort Wayne and the momentum in our region can be traced back to that project, and I have seen firsthand the positive impact it has made on businesses, families and quality of life. I believe in learning from the past, and this time I strongly support the Riverfront Development project and the opportunities it will bring for our region.”

The Fort Wayne City Council will host a public meeting to discuss a proposed tax increase to fund Riverfront Development at 5:30 p.m. on June 27 at Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry Street. The City Council will also discuss and vote on the proposal at 5:30 p.m. on July 11 at the same location.

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About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership with the mission to build, market and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. 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 Partnership supports 11 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit



Kate Virag
Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Communications
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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