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Northeast Indiana Counties All-In for New RDA

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

On June 9, Alan Tio of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership said the authority is actually an intermediary for inter-local funding agreements, designed to bring together local funding sources from member cities and counties. It is also designed to help northeastern counties apply for some of the $42 million in matching funds available through the state's Regional Cities Initiative.

The initiative awards funds to those groups who develop the best vision and action plans to attract residents to their regions.

Tio said the RDA will be the applicant for Northeast Indiana's Regional Cities proposal, and will be the recipient of state, federal and other funding for eligible projects in the region.

The addition of Kosciusko established an eleven-county RDA to bring together 27 city and county members and now forms the largest geographic area competing for this grant money.

Tio said the Regional Cities Initiative was about the transformative quality of place in attracting a talented workforce and propelling economic growth. 

“With that in mind, we are pursuing an ambitious work plan that strengthens our urban core in Fort Wayne and provides a current of connectivity throughout Northeast Indiana,” he said. “Our unified vision is to build an eleven-county region connected by amenities such as arts and culture, greenways and blueways and vibrant downtowns that will lead others to take notice of us as a national contender!”

Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties are the other members of the new organization.