Each year, members of our business development staff meet with more than 500 businesses in Allen County. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is the chamber of commerce and economic development agency, serving as the single point of contact for businesses in Allen County. Our services include:
- Local service providers. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. will assist your business to navigate development, legal, financial, worker training, and other business competitiveness issues.
- Confidential site location assistance. Our established relationships with local commercial real estate brokers allow us to quickly locate the right site for your needs.
- Incentive coordination.We partner with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to determine eligibility for state and local incentives in order to lower your investment risks to promote new job creation and capital investments.
- Advocacy. On behalf of our chamber members/investors, our Director of Business Advocacy lobbies to address legislative issues that impact our local economy.
- International Business Development. Led by our partners at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), our economic development collaborators are cultivating relationships to support increased Foreign Direct Investment in Indiana.
For an overview of the programs and incentives available to Fort Wayne / Allen County businesses, watch the video presentation below.
Regional Industry Collaborations
Local and state industry councils bring together small, midsize, and large companies to collaborate on issues of interest to businesses across the industry. Whether addressing legislative affairs, talent attraction, infrastructure needs, or research and innovation, these industry councils help promote greater Fort Wayne as a competitive place to do business.
A statewide industry council promoting innovation and growth in Indiana’s agricultural economy including plant science, animal health and nutrition, high tech agriculture, and human food and nutrition.
Established in 2010, NIDIA was formed to develop and improve the local defense community’s ability to attract and retain talent. NIDIA has an active member base of nearly 60 companies and partners, which collaborate in order to better serve the defense and homeland security needs of their clients. Key areas of the defense industry represented in Allen County and the Northeast Indiana region include: earth and space satellites, sensors and imaging systems, software-defined radio, military vehicles and components, aircraft electronic controls, C4ISR systems, sonobuoys, petroleum wholesaling, and electronics.
Building on Indiana’s farm to fork tradition, this regional industry council increases the visibility and economic opportunities for local food producers and businesses, so they may expand their sales locally and beyond.
Reference and Marketing Database includes 30 million business profiles and 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, and market research. Requires a library card number to use.