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MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES UPDATED REVIEW PROCESS TO ENHANCE LEGACY INITIATIVE

August 6, 2014 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced his administration has developed a review process to enhance the City’s Legacy initiative.

Under the Legacy review process, a seven-member committee will be responsible for reviewing requests for Legacy funding. The committee will be comprised of three members of Mayor Henry’s administration, two members of City Council, and two citizen members (one selected by the Mayor and one selected by City Council).

In addition to the Mayor’s office and City Council making requests for Legacy funding, the establishment of the review process will allow private and non-profit entities the opportunity to apply for Legacy funding.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the guiding principles set forth in the original Legacy ordinance and the subsequent recommendations made by the Legacy Task Force and Legacy Champion Teams. Committee members will also be given the flexibility to consider unique opportunities that may emerge. The committee will provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on which proposals meet the criteria to be considered for Legacy funding.

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12, a resolution will be introduced requesting the implementation of the review process. The resolution will be discussed on Tuesday, Aug. 19, with possible final passage on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

“Legacy is an important part of the unprecedented momentum we’re seeing in Fort Wayne. Being able to invest in projects that set us apart from other communities makes our City a leader in economic development, job growth, great neighborhoods, and an excellent quality of life,” said Mayor Henry. “The guidelines we’ve updated continue our commitment to ensuring that the Legacy fund is a valued community asset.”

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NINE MAYORS TO SIGN AGREEMENT SUPPORTING CHICAGO-FORT WAYNE-COLUMBUS PASSENGER RAIL CORRIDOR

August 6, 2014 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and the mayors of eight other cities announced today that they will sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) within the week calling for cooperation in development of a Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail corridor.

The Indiana cities include Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Gary. The Ohio cities represented are Columbus, Marysville, Kenton and Lima.

The MOA calls for the parties "...to systematically and incrementally develop the higher speed rail (“HSR”) intercity system in cooperation with existing freight rail operators and owners of right‐of-­way along a corridor from Chicago to Columbus through northern Indiana hereafter known as the Northern Indiana/Ohio High Speed Rail Initiative."

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MAYOR HENRY LEADS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR DOWNTOWN ROUNDABOUT

August 5, 2014 - Mayor Tom Henry and neighborhood and business leaders broke ground for the roundabout and two-way street conversion at Superior, Wells, Fairfield and Ewing.

"Demonstrating a commitment to enhancing our transportation system positions us as a leader in economic development, job growth and job retention, and strong neighborhoods,” said Mayor Henry. “The roundabout project is another example of the unprecedented momentum we’re experiencing in Fort Wayne. By working together, we’re investing in our future and making a meaningful difference for residents and businesses.”

The roundabout will connect the five-legged intersection of Wells from the north, Fairfield and Ewing from the south and Superior from the east and west. Upon completion of the roundabout, Ewing and Fairfield will be converted to two-way traffic to meet the evolving needs of an area that continues to change.

Besides serving as a gateway the roundabout will improve air quality by allowing traffic to flow into the intersection, thus eliminating lengthy idling at a traffic signal.

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