Greater Fort Wayne is a newly formed non-profit which combined the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance. Leadership Fort Wayne also shares some of the new space.
Becker said they are still working on final employee details, like the handbook. But besides the basics they are excited about having all the groups together so they can share a common voice and vision for the future of the community.
“We are all looking forward to having our business plan in place for the next year, again know that the bold initiative that the community wants us to focus on.” Becker said.
Becker said they are looking forward to when the day-to-day details of the collaboration have become routine and they can focus on their plan for the year, which will be discussed with the board next week.
The alliance between the two groups does not become official until January 1. There was not a lot of downsizing of personnel in the merger as all the organizations are fairly lean with little overlap Becker said. The goal was never to save money, but to maximize the resources within each organization and focus them on a common goal.
“It was about better alignment, that was and continues to be the driver behind the merger,” Becker said.
Besides the benefit in the merger for the organizations it is also a plus for their members. Becker said they want people to come and use their new office space.
Marla Schneider, economic development, said they have open cubicles that can be used for “hoteling,” which is another way of saying members who are downtown and need a quiet place to put in an hour or two of work can stop by and use an open cubicle. There are also conference rooms, which can be reserved by members for meetings.
Fort Wayne and the surrounding area are showcased through both the artwork and photography on the walls as well as the view from the eighth floor, which shows a variety of downtown vistas.
Becker said they are particularly grateful to the Doermer family whose foundation gave them a generous gift to build the Richard T. Doermer Center, a suite of three meeting spaces. A large central meeting area, fully equipped in the latest electronic technology is sandwiched by two smaller conference spaces.
Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be an official ribbon cutting, and Doermer's daughter will be there to speak during the official open house and investor party, which is open to members of Greater Fort Wayne.