Fort Wayne, Indiana is honored to be named a 2021 All-America City Finalist!
Fort Wayne is a three-time All-America City winner: 1983, 1998 and 2009.
The City of Fort Wayne submitted its 2021 All-America City application in February 2021. The award, given to 10 communities each year since 1949, celebrates and recognizes villages, cities, counties, tribes and regions that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges. The communities, representing 15 states, range in size from 9,000 residents to over 1.2 million. The 2021 award is focused on building equity and resilience, and includes three community-building projects.
On Wednesday, June 9 at 11:50 a.m., Fort Wayne will compete for the distinction of being named an All-America City. The public is invited to attend a virtual viewing party to watch Fort Wayne’s LIVE presentation to the National Civic League’s judging committee. The presentation will also be recorded to view at a later time. Viewers can access Fort Wayne’s presentation at Facebook.com\CityOfFortWayne.
To access Fort Wayne’s virtual Civic Action Fair Booth, click here. (Enter the password FORTWAYNE for access)
Fort Wayne also participated in the National Civic League’s virtual Cultural Entertainment Showcase. The public is invited to view the videos and vote on their favorite. Fort Wayne’s submissions are titled:
Defend the Fort: All In
Fort Wayne: A Vibrant Community
“John Kanaka” by Weisser Park Elementary 4th Grade Class
To view Fort Wayne’s virtual Cultural Entertainment Showcase and to vote for your favorite video, visit here.
The three community-building projects submitted by the City of Fort Wayne are Fort Wayne UNITED, Family and Community Engagement Center and Riverfront Fort Wayne.
FORT WAYNE UNITED
Amidst a great deal of positive momentum, Fort Wayne acknowledges the need to be intentional in recognizing and empowering people who have been marginalized for far too long. Through Fort Wayne UNITED, a group of passionate and committed systems leaders have joined together since 2016 to oversee programs and projects to ensure that equity and diversity are embraced across the community and that all people in Fort Wayne, especially Black males, are respected, appreciated, and valued.
Fort Wayne UNITED’s most recent initiative, United Front, was rolled out in September 2020, during a climate of racial tension and civil unrest, to provide a safe environment for participants to learn a shared humanity, a common language, and a philosophy that will change the trajectory of the community for generations to come through a comprehensive cultural competency curriculum that fosters racial equity, healing, and unity. Learn more about all of the Fort Wayne UNITED programs here.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER (FACE CENTER)
As Fort Wayne becomes more diverse and socially economically challenging, Fort Wayne Community Schools realized that educating students meant more than just teaching them math, science, social studies and reading. They realized that they had an obligation to build relationships and remove barriers that prevented a student from being able to show-up and focus. It is for those reasons that the Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) was created.
Today’s students need to know that we care about their success, today and tomorrow; and whether it is housing, clothing, food, health care, academic support, or future planning, we are there for them and will walk along-side them in removing barriers, supporting and stretching their learning, so that they can fully focus on, and participate in, their life changing education.
RIVERFRONT FORT WAYNE
Riverfront Fort Wayne exists to delight, energize, and unite our entire community through moving experiences and extraordinary places. It is anchored by the innovative Promenade Park, which opened on August 9, 2019, marking the completion of Phase I of the City’s riverfront development.
Design and permitting work is underway for public spaces in Phases II and III, as well as ongoing private development attraction and operations. Throughout the planning, design, building, operations, and activation stages of this large project, the values of equity, accessibility, and effectiveness have served as the first and final test for all decisions.
A special thank you to PBS Fort Wayne for serving as our All-America City sponsor!
Follow us on social media and join the conversation as we compete to be an All-America City for the fourth time. #AAC2021
Learn more about the All-America City Award and the National Civic League here.