The Downtown Improvement District’s mission is to enhance the image of downtown Fort Wayne for the social and economic benefit of our community by providing special events to promote the downtown Fort wayne area; providing enhanced beautification, cleaning and security to complement the downtown’s wide range of services; and working cooperatively with local government to augment municipal services. We believe in Fort Wayne development, growth, and sustainability!
We are constantly looking for ways to make Downtown Fort Wayne more enjoyable for downtown residents, visitors, and downtown businesses and workers. If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact a member of the DID staff.
Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second-largest city and is home to over 250,000 residents. (Allen County, Indiana’s largest county by size, has a population of 355,000.)
We are a three-time All America City Award winner, and are consistently sited for our high quality of life, low cost of living and warm Hoosier Hospitality.
Nearly equidistant from Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit, it has historically served as a transportation and communications center for Northeast Indiana, and an incubator for many products and companies.
ARCH advocates for the protection and preservation of historically and culturally significant assets and historic places in Allen County and Northeast Indiana.
The Library is a service institution. It seeks to inform, educate, entertain, and culturally enrich the entire community by providing books and other library materials, facilities, and professional services for free use by all residents.
The Allen County Public Library has been part of the social and cultural fabric of Fort Wayne, Indiana and surrounding communities since 1895. Then known as the Fort Wayne Public Library, it served residents with 3606 volumes in a room in City Hall. Since then it has grown to consist of the main library in downtown Fort Wayne and thirteen branches in the city and outlying communities.
Fort Wayne has been cited as the Best Read City in the United States by Places Rated Almanac, due in large part to the library’s collection and patrons’ use of it.
The Pennsylvania Central Railroad that crossed the city from east to west was a magnet for the flourishing heavy industry of the early 20th Century. By 1980, this industrial corridor had lost its luster. Businesses were struggling and this manufacturing haven was in crisis. Residential areas near the industrial corridor began to suffer, too. Neighborhoods began to show distress as jobless or low-income homeowners tried to maintain aging homes.
The Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Association debuted in 1984 with a revitalization plan to breathe new life and energy into the Fort Wayne’s industrial core. The UEA’s holistic approach to urban renewal has fortified the four-square-mile Zone by fostering growth of new and established businesses, creating and retaining jobs, making physical improvements, and enhancing the well-being of area residents.