This past Thursday, more than 1,000 people gathered at the Grand Wayne Center for the “Road to One Million” kick-off celebration. The event, hosted by Greater Fort Wayne and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, was also a celebration of the selection of northeast Indiana as the winner of up to $42 million in state matching funds as part of the Regional Cities Initiative.
Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitely counties make up the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), the largest in the state. The Road to One Million represents the goal to grow the region’s population from 789,015 to 1,000,000 by 2031.
Attracting and retaining young talent is one of the essential elements to the Road to One Million. By creating a national identity for Indiana cities, improving infrastructure, amenities, and quality of place projects, the region should become a magnet for businesses and people.
With live music from the West Central Quartet, confetti cannons, door prizes from each county, a champagne toast, and heartfelt speeches— excitement and the promise of growth made the evening one to remember.
Find out more about the Regional Cities Initiative.