GFW Inc. wins two national communications awards

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A year after winning statewide honors, Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. brought home a pair of national communications awards. The accolades–one Grand Award and one Award of Excellence–are part of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Communications Excellence awards program.

“We want to be the best in the country in everything we do. That’s how you build a nationally recognized economy,” said John Urbahns, president and CEO of GFW Inc. “We have incredible momentum in Allen County, and we’re proud to share that powerful message both locally and nationally as we work to grow jobs, wages, and the economy.”

GFW Inc. won a Grand Award for its 2018 campaign promoting Electric Works. The ACCE also honored GFW Inc.’s digital marketing strategy–which includes social media, email marketing, and a revamped website–with an Award of Excellence.

Judges named 10 Grand Award winners and 41 Award of Excellence recipients out of more than 160 entries in 2019. Grand Award winners go on to compete for the title of Best in Show, which recognizes the best piece across all categories. The Best in Show award will be announced July 15 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif.

A panel of communications and marketing professionals from six U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category (based on the chamber’s annual budget) and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital, and publications.

About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce or similar organizations, around the world. ACCE’s members come from nearly each of the largest 100 metropolitan regions in the United States. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the mission of ACCE is to support chamber professionals so they can lead their communities. Learn more about us by visiting

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement.