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Foundation to provide Fort Wayne area tech, financial help

Northeast Indiana’s efforts to increase the number of residents with college degrees and other advanced training are getting a boost from an Indianapolis-based non-profit.

Lumina Foundation has chosen Fort Wayne – and its surrounding region – to be among 20 U.S. cities to receive technical and financial assistance. The only other Indiana city on the list is Columbus.

Ohio cities Cincinnati and Dayton are also among those chosen to receive guidance from organizations considered to be national thought leaders.

Participation also includes up to $200,000 during a three-year period. In 2012, Lumina Foundation made 70 grants for a total commitment of more than $30 million.

The Big Goal Collaborative, formed locally last year, strives to increase the percentage of northeast Indiana residents with post-secondary education to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina has a similar goal for the nation.