LivingFortWayne.com showcases all that
is great about living, working, and playing in Fort Wayne, Indiana!
is a social media hub that allows community members to connect and
share the wonderful attributes of Fort Wayne. Our goal is to provide a resource
that will help recruit and retain young people in Fort Wayne. Through the many
social organizations and available activities, we believe that young
professionals will put down roots in Fort Wayne.
In 2009, Young
Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) conducted a survey called 2020 Vision to gain a better
understanding of the priorities and concerns of young professionals in
Northeast Indiana. The 2020 Vision
Survey generated some great insight and found that finding professional job
opportunities was the largest challenge to gaining and retaining young
professionals in our community.
Seeing that this issue was larger than YLNI could handle alone, the
group continued their research by hosting an “HR Round Table”. At the round table, YLNI requested input from
human resource departments of large local employers on the challenges they face
in recruiting and retaining a professional work force. One of the many issues raised during
discussions was that Fort Wayne does not have a “Digital Front Door”. Information about Fort Wayne is too fragmented,
scattered, and difficult to find.
The YLNI 2020 Vision Committee continued to develop the concept of
the “Digital Front Door”. The committee believed that if designed to serve not
only the needs of the community but also aid the human resource departments
that local corporations would fund the site through sponsorships.
In 2011, LivingFortWayne, LLC was
started by YLNI members and supported by their employers. Developed and maintained by young
professionals from Strahm and King + Knight,
LivingFortWayne.com implements software development from King+ Knight and the
best features from the research conducted by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana.