Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne Business Signs

The Miami nation and related Algonquian tribes’ capital was Kekionga, which translates to ‘blackberry bush.’  This settlement sat at the confluence of the Maumee, St. Joseph, and St. Marys rivers in what would become the US state of Indiana.  Kekionga would remain the capital of the Miami peoples until George Washington ordered the US Army to ‘secure’ Indiana Territory.  Following three battles between the Miami Confederacy and the US Army (the last of which was won by forces led by Anthony Wayne), the US built Fort Wayne in 1794.  It was incorporated into a town on January 3rd, 1829 and into a city on February 22nd, 1840.

Today, the city of Fort Wayne has a population of 258,522 people, according to a 2014 US Census estimate.  This makes Fort Wayne the 77th most populous city in the country.  The Fort Wayne metropolitan area was estimated to have a population of 419,453 people.  This makes it the 122nd most populous metropolitan area in the nation.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. estimates 16.9 percent of Fort Wayne’s economy is devoted to manufacturing.  Distribution, transportation, and logistics represents the largest portion of the local economy, accounting for 23.1 percent.  As its name would suggest, Fort Wayne is also a hub for the defense industry.  In fact, thousands of people in the area are employed at companies such as BAE Systems (1,150 employees), Harris Corporation (888 employees), Raytheon Systems (950 employees), and the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Station (423 employees).

Fort Wayne serves as the headquarters for Do it Best, Franklin Electric, Frontier Communications – Central Region, Genteq, Indiana Michigan Power, K&K Insurance, Medical Protective, North American Van Lines, Rea Magnet Wire, Steel Dynamics, Sweetwater Sound, and Vera Bradley.  Fort Wayne’s sole Fortune 500 Company is Steel Dynamics.  Lincoln Financial Group was founded in Fort Wayne in 1905 and still has a large presence in the area, employing nearly 2,000 people.

Fort Wayne is also famous for the Embassy Theatre.  This live event venue opened on the 14th of May 1928 and currently has a 2,471-seat capacity.  The Embassy Theatre claims 200,000 patrons visit it every year.  In fact, the Embassy Theatre has long hosted the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, since the orchestra’s founding in 1944.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo opened in 1965, and is consistently ranked among America’s finest zoological parks.  According to the News Sentinel, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo covers 40 acres and contains 1,000 animals spanning 200 species.  It draws over 500,000 visitors every year.  Additionally, the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department boasts the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, which displays “over 1,200 plants of 502 different species and 72 types of cacti.”

Fort Wayne is currently home to three minor league professional sports teams.  The ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets play in Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  The Komets have 9 league championships to their name.  The NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants also play in Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  The Mad Ants have won one league championship.  The Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League play their home games at Parkview Field.  The TinCaps also have a championship to their name.

Own a small business in the Fort Wayne area?  Thinking about beginning one?  These resources could help you:

Apply for a Business License in Fort Wayne:

City of Fort Wayne – Business:

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. (Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce):

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GraphX Direct, Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN
Jason Price

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Angola, IN
Judy Rowe