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ROC approves funding for 2014 priorities

December 16th, 2013

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ROC approves funding for 2014 priorities

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 12:13 pm | Updated: 12:18 pm, Mon Dec 16, 2013.

The council that oversees the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnerships Vision 2020 initiative to promote economic development and develop and retain work-force talent has pledged $94,000 in support of three priorities for 2014.

The Regional Opportunities Council, composed of more than 100 leaders from across the 10-county region, made the funding allocations Dec. 12 at a joint meeting of the partnership and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

The council:

• Approved funding of $50,000 to help attract a new eastbound flight at Fort Wayne International Airport;

• Approved funding of $35,000 to help hire a consultant that would create and prioritize a list of desired interstate projects within the region; and

• Approved funding of $9,000 to help provide river tours for area leaders to demonstrate the potential for riverfront development in downtown Fort Wayne.

"We've seen great momentum building on our priorities this year," Parkview Health President and CEO Mike Packnett said in an announcement. He is chairman of the partnership's governing board and a member of the Regional Opportunities Council.

"We believe the funding opportunities that the ROC has elected for 2014 will allow us to keep that momentum going."