Cassey Suthers – Why Did You Stay Here?

Cassey Suthers is a web and data specialist at a local university. [Photo – Tim Zink]

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

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 Instagram.

Tim Zink

Author: Tim Zink

Vice President of Communications for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Adviser to current Living Fort Wayne leadership team. Contributor to Living Fort Wayne since April 2014.

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