City data-comparison event Friday

The public is invited to a one-hour presentation about how to use an online data-visualization tool that provides and compares housing, economic and demographic information about Fort Wayne and 300 other cities across the country. The tool is designed to help municipalities understand their challenges and trends in the context of their peers.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago developed the Peer City Identification Tool, and representatives from the organization will be in Fort Wayne on Friday, Sept. 22 to demonstrate how to use it. The presentation will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Omni Room in the lower level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Research Institute and the city’s Community Development Division are hosting the event and encourage leaders from non-profit agencies, educational institutions, foundations and grant-making organizations, financial institutions, and government agencies to attend. The event is free but RSVPs are requested to Rachel Blakeman at

The Peer City Identification Tool can be found online at