The City of Fort Wayne
Graham Richard, Mayor

February 23, 2005



Dear Citizen:



It is always our goal to be fiscally responsible and to use your tax money wisely. We continue to focus on improving services for residents, attracting quality jobs and making Fort Wayne a safer city. The City's 2005 Budget reflects this focus.

Our City is positioned to take advantage of improvements in our economy. I have encouraged a regional focus for economic development and increased private investment in our community. The City is enhancing our partnership with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance to attract new businesses to Fort Wayne.

In 2005, the City will launch an aggressive three-year plan to retain and gain jobs and make infrastructure investments. We are also freeing up additional funds to pursue economic development opportunities and job creation projects.

A recent success story is the City's Six Sigma program, which is featured in Michael George's book, “Lean Six Sigma for Service.” George is an author and expert on Six Sigma. The Six Sigma program has saved the City more than $3 million.

We continue to face the challenges of having to do more with fewer dollars. Your City leadership team will always look for innovative ways to overcome these challenges.




Graham A. Richard