Taking Flight at Sweet Aviation
Jun02

Taking Flight at Sweet Aviation

Interview with Joel Pierce, Sweet Aviation (Video)  1955 North American T-28 Trojan 1945 North American AT-6 Texan Helicopter and Airplane Rides for All...

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Bri Anna Burkey – Why Did You Stay Here?
May28

Bri Anna Burkey – Why Did You Stay Here?

Bri Anna Burkey Because we grew up together. I was raised here in Fort Wayne and being raised here allowed me to be a witness to the city’s growth throughout the years. I grew up close to downtown which allowed us to feel like we were a part of everything, especially the festivals, without actually leaving our backyard. Our family always rode our bikes downtown and around [Headwaters Park].   My favorite time of the year was festival season, but I learned recently that I mostly just love being downtown the most, I love the atmosphere of feeling like I’m from a small town, because everyone you know was at the festival, too. And that feeling has never changed you can still walk from the lemon shakeup stand to the funnel cakes and run into a friendly face. As I am now in my twenties and have had my many moments of doubt in what to do with my career and life as a local hairdresser the one thing that hasn’t changed or even doubted is my love for Fort Wayne. I don’t think i could ever leave this place we’ve grown up together and I want to continue to watch it grow and help it thrive anyway I can. YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne Committee wants to know your answers to one or both of these questions. “Why Did You Move Here?” or “Why Did You Stay Here?” Email your one-two paragraph answer to one of these questions to Tim Zink at timz@ylni.org. There are two photo options – you may include a professional headshot with your answers (quickest) or you can set up an appointment to have your photo taken later this summer. Please include your preferred name and title. Your photo and response may be used on YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne website, Facebook, Twitter, and/or...

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Cassey Suthers – Why Did You Stay Here?
May21

Cassey Suthers – Why Did You Stay Here?

Cassey Suthers, Writer, Living Fort Wayne Apart from the fact that my immediate family lives here and I have a family of my own, I chose to stay in Fort Wayne after I graduated college, because I genuinely feel a connection to Fort Wayne and want to be part of its growth. Despite not being born in Fort Wayne, I consider myself a Fort Wayne native, having spent the majority of my life here. I’ve seen it transform into a dynamic city where relationships thrive and communities work together to build it up. I remember saying in one of my first interviews out of college that one of my career goals was to have a role in the development of Fort Wayne, and though I was unsure what that role might consist of, I was ready to take the leap and begin my path towards it. A unique feature of Fort Wayne, is the amount of truly talented young professionals who share a passion for improving the lives of those who call our city home. I think this is especially important for young people who are looking to make a difference as they begin their careers. I’m thankful to be here, because it means I don’t have to choose between having a family and pursuing my career and my goals. In Fort Wayne, I can do both, which is something I’m not sure I could do in other big, metropolitan cities. The affordability, career opportunities, and family friendly atmosphere of Fort Wayne is why I stayed here. YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne Committee wants to know your answers to one or both of these questions. “Why Did You Move Here?” or “Why Did You Stay Here?” Email your one-two paragraph answer to one of these questions to Tim Zink at timz@ylni.org. There are two photo options – you may include a professional headshot with your answers (quickest) or you can set up an appointment to have your photo taken later this summer. Please include your preferred name and title. Your photo and response may be used on YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne website, Facebook, Twitter, and/or...

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Alex Modarressi – Why Did You Stay Here?
May18

Alex Modarressi – Why Did You Stay Here?

Alex Modarressi, Vice Chair of Community Engagement, Living Fort Wayne A few years back I was debating with myself “Why would I choose to live here” and “Why would I choose to move”.  What reasons should I move for…. my career, better income, personal growth, or maybe a greater sense of belonging…?  I felt if I could answer why I would chose not to live here that it might help answer what I should be looking for somewhere else. During this time of reflection, I found community experiences such as local art and culture had not been explored and that my lack of involvement would not be a reasonable enough excuse for me to leave the region or state. So I started looking for ways to become involved and opening myself to opportunities to help our communities.  This is when Living Fort Wayne and Wunderkammer started posting their need for volunteers.  I started to attend local events and seeing needs that I could fulfill and had conversations about how to become more involved.  One thing led to another and to me being a part of local organizations I believe in such as YLNI, Rotaract, Pine Hills City Church, and others like Clyde Theatre and Fort Wayne SOUP. YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne Committee wants to know your answers to one or both of these questions. “Why Did You Move Here?” or “Why Did You Stay Here?” Email your one-two paragraph answer to one of these questions to Tim Zink at timz@ylni.org. There are two photo options – you may include a professional headshot with your answers (quickest) or you can set up an appointment to have your photo taken later this summer. Please include your preferred name and title. Your photo and response may be used on YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne website, Facebook, Twitter, and/or...

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Farnsworth Fund launches with inaugural grantees / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest
May07

Farnsworth Fund launches with inaugural grantees / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

The Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Digest is a recurring series of curated posts highlighting entrepreneurship, start-ups and small businesses in the Fort Wayne area. Contact Living Fort Wayne at info@livingfortwayne.com if you have stories or information to share. They brought out the big checks on Thursday, May 3 to launch a new entrepreneurship initiative at the former home of one Fort Wayne’s most legendary innovators, Philo T. Farnsworth. The Farnsworth Fund, powered by Elevate Northeast Indiana, plans “to make 50 $1,000 grants during 2018 to stimulate Northeast Indiana’s entrepreneurial culture.” Four inaugural grantees were announced today across several different industries. Ashli Pershing and Pamela Sprowl are registered nurses, Kyle Craig is an inventor and the founder of Apollo Dynamics, Chauntiel Smith of Capture Sports Agency (CSA) is a sports agent and Sean Rassavong is a 17-year-old filmmaker and a senior at New Tech Academy. #livingfortwayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on May 3, 2018 at 3:16pm PDT For more information on the Farnsworth Fund (powered by Elevate Northeast Indiana), visit their website at farnsworthfund.com.  Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Digest Living Fort Wayne provides this digest of entrepreneurship-related events and resources at the end of each entrepreneurship post. If you are an existing (or aspiring) entrepreneur, check out these resources to connected with who you need to be connected with to succeed in Northeast Indiana. 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Weekly Presentations New Events and Resources on a Weekly Basis! 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information on how to present and a list of upcoming presenters. Watch past presentations on Facebook. Down the River Podcast New Content on A Regular Basis! “Down the River is committed to bringing to light the amazing stories of the entrepreneurs of Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. If you would like to be featured on our podcast please let us know! We would love to let the public hear your story.” Go to their website to listen to their latest episodes, which are released nearly every week. Input Fort Wayne Entrepreneurship Articles New Content on a Weekly Basis! News Resources from our news partner, Input Fort Wayne. Input Fort Wayne (inputfortwayne.com) is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” New pieces on a variety of topics are released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your...

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