Save the Date: Savor Fort Wayne Returns in January
Mark your calendars for January 13 - 24, 2021, to help support local restaurants as Savor Fort Wayne restaurant week returns! During these 12 delicious days, Fort Wayne restaurants will offer special deals on 3-course menu options to be made available for dine-in and carryout.
During Savor Fort Wayne be sure to fill out your STAR Rewards Card to be entered to win over $500 in restaurant gift cards! Find the details here.
Restaurants: If you are interested in participating in Savor Fort Wayne 2021, sign up here! For more information, contact Emily Stuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-424-3700 by Wednesday, December 16.
All participating restaurants will have their name and menu featured on SavorFortWayne.com which typically receives over 700,000 page views in this one-month period!
Visitors Center Launches Online Store
Visit Fort Wayne is excited to announce the launch of our new online store for all of our great Visitors Center merchandise!
Through this new ecommerce effort, Visit Fort Wayne hopes to further promote locally sourced products, as consumers are ordering more online and keeping social distancing top-of-mind.
Visit the online store here, and find products from local favorites - The HEDGE, Southwest Honey Co., Heavenly Bliss Creations, and Phan Gear Prints, just to name a few. You can also find Fort Wayne and Indiana branded apparel, totes, mugs, post cards, and more! Shop in-person, online, or choose curbside pickup today!
Fort Wayne to Host NCAA DIII Men's Basketball 2024 - 2026
The NCAA announced that DIII Men's Basketball will continue to host their Final Four games in Fort Wayne with Manchester University as the host institution. Fort Wayne successfully hosted this event in 2019, and was poised to repeat its success in 2020 when COVID-19 cancelled the season. The NCAA had already awarded Fort Wayne as the host city through 2022 and this announcement extends the championship's stay through 2026. The games will be held at the Memorial Coliseum.
The anticipated economic impact will also provide a boost to the city of Fort Wayne. From 2023 - 2026, The NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championships are expected to generate more than $2.6 million in revenue for the Summit City.
Submit Your Event to CurrentFortWayne.com
As many events begin to reopen, we want to make sure they are getting the promotion they need and deserve. We have a busy schedule of promotion planned for Fort Wayne's holiday and winter events and we want to make sure that your event is included!
Please submit your upcoming events to CurrentFortWayne.com. Built on Visit Fort Wayne’s calendar system, the site includes all Allen County events and feeds appropriate events to the calendars of Arts United, Downtown Improvement District, Visit Fort Wayne, Riverfront Fort Wayne, YLNI, and others.
In addition, CurrentFortWayne.com serves as a master calendar for the community. You can submit your event once, and it will appear on all of these calendars!
Take a look at our guidelines for submitting here, and submit your event here!
City of Fort Wayne and Allen County Contribute $1 million in Grants for Small Businesses
The City of Fort Wayne and Allen County are working to offer relief to small businesses amidst COVID-19 struggles in the form of $1 million in grant monies. Small businesses are encouraged to apply for the grant to help reimburse expenses from necessary health and safety-related items.
The grant requires that the business or nonprofit (501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19)) meet this criteria:
- Located in the City of Fort Wayne and/or Allen County, Ind.
- Fewer than 150 employees
- Currently in business
- Business start date prior to Feb. 15, 2020
- Made qualifying purchases such as PPE, facility modifications, etc., to reduce the spread of COVID-19
Eligible businesses can find out more and apply here.
Visitors Center Receives Lincoln Highway Historic Marker
Visit Fort Wayne was honored to receive one of the few remaining Lincoln Highway Memorial Markers, recently installed just outside the Visitors Center.
The press conference for the dedication, was appropriately attended by Model A automobiles of the Old Fort Model A Club, who lined the streets of Harrison in front of the Visitors Center adding to the ambiance of the original dedication of the route in 1913.
The markers were first placed along the route in 1928 and there are only 12 originals throughout Indiana left of the collection.
Jeff Blair, President of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, stated, “It is a sincere pleasure to be working with leaders in Fort Wayne to further highlight this magnificent coast-to-coast road in an historical way. This is a joint effort in every possible way and we are hopeful in time to find other ways to promote the significance of Fort Wayne to the region, the route, and the state of Indiana.”
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