Economic Development Focus of New Haven State of City Address

By Eric Dutkiewicz -21Alive

Credit: Jimmy Mitchell - 21Alive

Mayor Terry McDonald, R-New Haven

March 10, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Mayor Terry McDonald, R-New Haven, touted the work of city employees as a big reason for his city's success in 2013.

The mayor spoke to a crowd in his annual State of the City Addresss at the Orchid Reception Hall, 11508 Lincoln Hwy E., on Tuesday night.

"Our truth strength is in our people that make up this community," McDonald says. "Our friends and neighbors, our business leaders, our civic leaders, our spiritual leaders, our public servants and all of you who make this community whole."

McDonald says a 178,000 sq. ft. FedEx distribution center, which city officials broke ground on in May, is the centerpiece of economic growth in Fort Wayne's neighbor to the east.

"As a region, we are being recognized throughout the state and country as the place to do business," McDonald says. "We are also constantly looking for new ways to prosper our city, to make us more attractive to investment."

The awarding of the annual Bill Fritcha Memorial Award was postponed to another date due to the accidental death last week of Todd Fritcha. McDonald called Todd Fritcha a "giant of our community."

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