TOM HENRY FOR MAYOR 2019
Mayor Tom Henry is proud to announce that he’ll be running for an unprecedented fourth consecutive, four-year term as Fort Wayne’s chief executive. Under Mayor Henry’s leadership, Fort Wayne has enjoyed nearly 12 years of unparalleled economic prosperity and quality of life amenities that make Fort Wayne an attractive place to live, work and play. From Riverfront to Ash Skyline Plaza, Cityscape Flats to The Landing, the positive momentum and public/private investments in our community continues to grow.
During Mayor Henry’s tenure, the city has been named the 2018 Best Place to Live in Indiana and 40th Best Place to Live in the country by US News and World Report; 2018 Lowest Cost of Living City by Niche; 2017 Best City to Raise a Family and Most Affordable Big City for Homeownership by SmartAsset; 2017 9th Best Run City and 15th Best City to Find a Job by WalletHub; 2017
IF RE-ELECTED, HENRY’S ADMINISTRATION WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING FOUR INITIATIVES:
- Neighborhood improvements
- Continuation of the city’s recent economic prosperity
- Public safety
- Good stewardship of taxpayer money
Mayor Henry believes that our downtown is the heart of Fort Wayne, and that our vibrant neighborhoods are its backbone. To that end, the mayor will 1) commit nearly $30 million a year in neighborhood infrastructure improvements, building on the nearly $130 million in investments on streets, sidewalks and alleys since 2014; 2) continue to focus on quality of life amenities for the residents of Fort Wayne by investing in its award winning parks and more than 100 miles of trails; and 3) continue investing in the city’s core civil services including clean water; the timely filling of potholes; cleared streets in winter; and the timely collection of trash, leaves, debris and recyclables.
CONTINUATION OF CITY’S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
Finally, the heartbeat of the community has never been stronger as downtown continues on its upward trajectory and neighborhoods thrive. While Mayor Henry celebrates the momentum of downtown’s current and projected brick and mortar projects, including Phase 1 of the Riverfront, Ash Skyline Plaza, Cityscape Flats, and the Skyline Tower, he is constantly keeping a pulse on the needs and wants of the residents from every corner of the City of Fort Wayne.
The mayor hopes to continue concentrating on the city’s economic prosperity through the next several years by overseeing the completion of the many new investments such as the subsequent phases of Riverfront, The Landing, Superior Lofts, Hampton Inn & Suites, the Boutique Hotel, and Continental Property Group’s private development project along the riverfront.
Statistics show that Fort Wayne is among the safest mid-sized cities in the country, but pockets of gang violence and drug-related crimes continue to be a challenge – as it is in all communities, large and small. Mayor Henry views public safety as a priority and will combat the gang and drug crime issue by 1) maintaining a robust police force that enjoys a full contingency of commissioned officers; 2) supporting and enhancing an aggressive, yet culturally sensitive, Gang and Violent Crime Unit; and 3) continuing to combat the opioid crisis by pursuing a public nuisance lawsuit against opioid distributors, while working with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and partner agencies to fight the opioid epidemic through proactive rehabilitation and prevention programs.
GOOD STEWARD OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS
Mayor Henry has a strong record of successes in neighborhood infrastructure improvements, downtown development, job creation, business expansions, advances in public safety, and enhancements to the City’s world-class park system, all while keeping taxes historically low. Below are the highlights of successes under Mayor Henry’s leadership since he took office January 1, 2008:
- Light Lease Settlement between the City of Fort Wayne and Indiana Michigan Power, which led to the creation of the Legacy fund to provide catalytic investment, leverage additional resources, and benefit residents.
- Since 2012, more than 21,600 jobs have been retained, nearly 6,900 jobs have been created and there has been a total private investment of more than $2.3 billion.
- Creation of the Fiscal Policy Group that resulted in additional funding for more police officers and firefighters, maintenance projects throughout the Parks and Recreation system, and a record amount of neighborhood infrastructure improvement projects in all four quadrants of the City.
- The successful merger of Fort Wayne and Allen County 911 communications services.
- The SmartGov transparency initiative, using new methods and technologies to make government more open, effective and responsive.
Mayor Henry is making government the best it can be for residents and businesses by demonstrating a commitment to ENGAGEMENT, INNOVATION, and PERFORMANCE.
- Engagement – often referred to as “The People’s Mayor,” Tom Henry is out in our community to listen to the needs of residents and business leaders.
- Innovation – Mayor Henry is working each day to seek new opportunities for the City of Fort Wayne, its residents and businesses.
- Performance – when Mayor Henry, his staff and members of our community perform at a high level, as it has collectively done for the past 11 years, we all benefit.
Mayor Henry is proud of the successes the city has realized under his leadership, but understands that it is our citizens who make this community a great place to call home. The mayor has accomplished much over the past decade, and wants to continue the positive momentum and investment. The City of Fort Wayne is on the rise, and its future is bright. Mayor Henry is energized and encouraged as he believes the best is yet to come!