Henry, staff building on planning policies from previous mayor

Mayor Tom Henry congratulates his predecessor, Graham Richard, for the Distinguished Leadership by an Elected Official award from the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association.

“During his time in office, Mayor Richard provided leadership and assisted the City'€™s Community Development staff to implement new planning ideas that have earned Fort Wayne statewide recognition,” said Mayor Henry. “Mayors have the sometimes unglamorous job of spending a lot of time planning and setting the wheels in motion for projects that take many years to come to fruition. It'€™s appropriate that we recognize and honor Mayor Richard'€™s contributions as Fort Wayne continues to grow into an even stronger place to live and work because of his leadership.”

Paul Spoelhof from the Community Development Division will accept the award on Richard'€™s behalf Friday at the APA Indiana Chapter Spring Conference in Indianapolis.

Richard said he is honored to receive the award, and he shares it with the Community Development Division'€™s staff, all of whom worked hard to engage the community in establishing a bold vision for the future.