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BLUE STAR BANNER PROGRAM BEGINS SECOND YEAR

April 17, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne’s Blue Star Banner program will continue in 2015.

The Blue Star Banner initiative started in May 2014 and recognizes City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed. Last year, more than 30 banners were displayed to honor service members.

Earlier today, crews installed the banners of service members who remain deployed.

Family and friends of deployed military personnel are encouraged to complete an application at www.cityoffortwayne.org/bluestarbanner. Once the applications are reviewed, banners will be made and displayed on light poles along West Jefferson Boulevard from the Time Corners area to Swinney Park. Banners will be displayed through November and then removed during the winter months. 

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MAYOR HENRY AWARDS GRANTS TO 10 NON-PROFITS TO ASSIST HOMELESS, EMPLOYMENT AND YOUTH SERVICES

April 15, 2015 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced that 10 local non-profits will receive funding from the City’s federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars. Almost $240,000 will be available to help low- and moderate-income residents with shelter, employment skills and youth development.

This year, the following non-profits will receive grants:

Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne (Passport to Manhood),
Cedars Hope (Homelessness to Independence),
Easter Seals Arc (Meaningful Employment for People with Developmental Disabilities),
Hope House (Employment Services for Homeless),
Just Neighbors (Services for Homeless),
Literacy Alliance (Pre-GED Classes),
Lutheran Social Services (Cup of Kindness),
Volunteer Center @ RSVP (Mobile Benefits for Homeless),
SCAN (Courtyard Services for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care), and
Volunteers of America (Veterans Employment). 

The City receives CDBG dollars annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund activities that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. Because of recent federal cuts to CDBG allocations, many cities have stopped funding non-profit services. Mayor Henry, however, continues his commitment to these services.

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WEST JEFFERSON GATEWAY ENHANCEMENTS MOVE FORWARD

April 13, 2015 - Improvements to the West Jefferson Blvd. gateway from the west are moving forward. Today, the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission will consider a $337,000 contract for cleaning and painting the railroad elevations and installing lighting in order to create a welcoming entrance into the downtown area. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in Room 030 on the Garden Level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

The work is proposed for bridges over West Jefferson at Catalpa Street and Lindenwood Avenue just north of West Jefferson. They will be cleaned and painted an orange-red color, and brush and debris will be removed from alongside the bridges. New lighting will also be installed underneath the West Jefferson bridge. Design Collaborative conducted the design and spec work for the elevation improvements and will serve as the construction manager of the project. Work is expected to begin in late spring and conclude in late summer.

“This is part of a continued effort to enhance our City’s gateways,” said Mayor Henry. “By improving this entrance to our community, we make our City more welcoming and attractive to businesses, visitors and residents. We want to promote civic pride and, more importantly, attract new businesses and their employees.” 

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