Officials with the Downtown Improvement District and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. are hashing out details of how the two organizations will work together.
Zachary Benedict, chairman of DID’s board, led a discussion today about the basic elements of an agreement. The non-profit organization devoted to marketing and growing downtown Fort Wayne held its monthly meeting at the Allen County Public Library’s downtown location.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is the official name of the new economic development organization that will represent the city and county. The non-profit is a merger of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance. The combined staff totals 26.
The organization’s goal is to create a common vision and speak with one voice when talking to employers about investments and job creation.
The Downtown Improvement District was not part of the merger because as a pseudo-governmental agency that was created by state statute, it collects taxes from businesses operating in the designated area. There would be legal implications if it joined with two non-profits.
But DID’s leaders plan to work directly with Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Details of the contract will include financial arrangements, staffing, communication and board membership.
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