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The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance issued this statement today:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (November 4, 2011) – The Fiscal Times issued an article today stating that the Fort

Wayne metro area has the highest job growth rate in the nation. The online publication ranked the 100 largest

metro areas in the U.S. by the rate of new job generation over the past 12 months, compared to the number of jobs

they had in September 2010.

The Fort Wayne metro area added 8,000 jobs to its base of 203,000 jobs, which gave Fort Wayne a 3.9 percent

increase in the total number of jobs, placing the city at the top ranking. That surge was also enough to bring the

unemployment rate down by 1.3 percentage points to 8.1 percent – a full point below the national average.

“We’ve got our act together,” Andi Udris, president of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development

Alliance, told The Fiscal Times Thursday. “We’ve had a real coming together of the private sector and the public

sector to get things done.”

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) has realized tremendous success

this year in corporate investment and new job creation. The Alliance, with the help of its partners, the City of Fort

Wayne and Allen County, have brought $484 million of investment to the area in 2011.

"The magnitude of corporate investment in our community has fueled its job growth," said Udris. "It is not

surprising that the Fort Wayne area has been ranked #1 in job creation by this news source."

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