FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Regional Cities initiative wasn't included in the new state budget, but fort wayne has already reaped the benefits of the investment.
"We ended up having 24 projects in some of all 11 counties, at least one project in every single county. We're looking over the city of Fort Wayne. We can see the Skyline project was a beneficiary. We can also see on the other side of town The Landing which was a beneficiary of the program, so it was projects like that where over 60% of the funding ended up in the city of Fort Wayne, but then there were arenas and theatres and early daycare learning centers that were also funded," John Sampson, CEO of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership said.
The program awarded three $42 million grants to several projects in North Central, Northeastern, and Southwestern Indiana.
"We understood from the first regional cities program that it was a one time effort. I think we all hoped that it would produce results we were looking for in terms of population increases so that will play out over time," he added.
Sampson said within our region $42 million turned into more than $250 million in quality place access investments, and that happened recently.
Wells County had one of their projects approved.