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In the heart of Northeast Indiana, Allen County and its largest city, Fort Wayne, offer a diverse economy to meet the needs of new and existing businesses. With a long history in manufacturing that still holds true, Allen County has also expanded its target industries to focus on food processing, high-tech communications and defense, logistics, and specialty insurance. Life in Allen County is just as rewarding as the business landscape is welcoming. Our easygoing demeanor, reliability, and generosity continue to attract new people to the region.
Allen County offers a great place to live but it also has a diverse economy with jobs and industry growth.
Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana, offers a bustling and exciting downtown, featuring everything from outdoor adventures and sports to arts and culture. Fort Wayne is regularly recognized as one of the best places to live in the country. Check out our accolades and rankings to learn why Fort Wayne is the place to work and live.
Here’s a quick snapshot of Allen County’s largest cities:
While Fort Wayne has a wide variety of core industries, we hold a special place for our insurance industry. Several insurance companies were founded in Fort Wayne, giving the area more than 100 years of history and expertise. Major employers in our insurance sector include Lincoln Financial, Brotherhood Mutual, Medical Protective, and Ash Brokerage, which recently invested $19.6 million in the company’s new downtown Fort Wayne headquarters. Fort Wayne’s educational institutions greatly benefit these target industries as well as our regional businesses. Fort Wayne is home to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech Community College, as well as the largest concentration of New Tech schools in the Midwest.
Fort Wayne’s large population of more than 250,000 people can enjoy an exciting and vibrant downtown area with several financial institutions, a nationally recognized zoo, a state-of-the-art convention center, parks, museums, theaters, sidewalk cafes, and fine dining establishments.
If you like life on the golf course, Fort Wayne’s network of links will keep you busy. Sycamore Hills Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1989, is a championship golf course that has hosted tournaments, including the USGA Open, the Junior PGA Qualifier, and the Web.com Tour Finals Hotel Fitness Championship. But Allen County has more golf courses than Sycamore Hills, so you’ll always have a new challenge.
In 2015, Fort Wayne was named one of the best cities for people 35 and under, one of the most caring cities in the nation, and one of the best cities to start a business. Downtown Fort Wayne has an expansive skyline with new retail spaces, condos, and apartments ready for city dwellers. There is also a growing arts campus, the No. 1 ballpark in the minor leagues, cafes, live music, and nightlife. If you’re looking for a big-city feel without all the traffic, Fort Wayne is the place for you.
Found on the eastern side of Allen County and east of Fort Wayne, New Haven is positioned just off of I-469. This city is home to a bevy of industrial businesses that make use of the direct access to I-469 for transportation. Companies such as Trelleborg, Cummins, and Continental Diamond Tool have found locations in New Haven to meet their manufacturing needs. With access to various communication services and a major industrial-services community, New Haven is a hub for companies looking to expand their operations into the Fort Wayne area. The ease of access to the interstate makes for a location with numerous options for new businesses. Living in New Haven is just as rewarding as having your business there. New Haven is home to Brew Haven, one of the largest beer festivals in the region, welcoming more than 2,000 people. The town also holds the New Haven Canal Days Festival, which began in 1958 when a canal boat was brought to New Haven during the event. Throughout the years the festival has undergone many changes and adjustments, but it has been held downtown since 1987 with traditional fair food, midway rides, and an arts and crafts show.
Found on the east side of Allen County, near the Indiana-Ohio line, Woodburn is a growing community. Woodburn is home to a BF Goodrich plant, which employs a large number of Allen County’s manufacturing employees. Also located here is the Woodburn Industrial Park, with seven different lots available in varying sizes for business to build on. Woodburn is located next to US 24, the connecting highway for the Fort to Port improvement project. This project allows Fort Wayne to have ease of access to Ohio’s port, Toledo, via US 24. Fort to Port is providing much more reliable shipping methods for industries such as manufacturing in areas like Woodburn.
Whether you are looking for the hustle and bustle of downtown life, a family-friendly neighborhood, or a scenic home along a backcountry county road, Allen County is a great fit, with opportunities to grow personally and professionally.
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