Mayor Graham Richard today announced details of the City'€™s new, free downtown WiFi program. Wireless laptop computer users now will benefit from several downtown hotspots.

Mayor Richard was joined by downtown business owners, downtown residents, and Downtown Improvement District leaders.

There are nearly 15 hotspot locations in an 11 square block area in downtown. The WiFi system is intended for residents, visitors and business people to have Internet access for casual use while enjoying all of the attractions that downtown Fort Wayne has to offer.

Some of the hotspot areas include:

* Headwaters Park

* Freimann Square
* Lawton Park

* Several downtown restaurants

* Allen County Courthouse courtyard

* The new Allen County Public Library

“We want to make downtown a destination place for visitors, residents and business people,” said Mayor Richard. “Being a wired and inspired city makes Fort Wayne more competitive to attract new businesses and jobs. Proactive WiFi capabilities compliment the Downtown Blueprint to promote a vibrant downtown and our Innovation Initiative to deliver excellent services.”

The WiFi program is a partnership between the City of Fort Wayne and Indiana Data Center. The City is funding the first year of the program. The City will look to public-private partnerships to continue the program in future years.