World Wide Recognition here in Fort Wayne
Allen County’s entertainment industry is receiving worldwide recognition. Recently, the Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum was named the 13th most visited arena in the world for a venue of its size by Venues Today and Facilities magazine. It is named the War Memorial Coliseum as a lasting memorial to honor all those who defended our country by serving as members of our armed forces, many of which lost their lives. It was completed in 1952 and updated in 2002 by raising the roof by 41 feet and adding sky boxes and more seating. It will now seat 13,000 people.
Having such a successful venue in our very own backyard is an incredible opportunity. The Coliseum houses everything from community events to musical acts, benefiting the whole community.
By investing in the community and providing the right environment for businesses to grow, we can continue to enjoy the fruits of our labor. It is the community that has embraced the Coliseum and made it what it is today. The Hoosier spirit is alive and well, and Fort Wayne is a community on the right track for a more prosperous Indiana.
Indiana has become a leader in job growth and has the potential to continue to build on our successes. Passing legislation such as the Property Tax Caps, Corporate Income Tax Reduction and the R & D Tax Credit Act, are just a few examples of how the Indiana General Assembly has aided subsequent job creation.
According to the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business Climate study, Indiana was recently named the state with the best business climate in the Midwest and ranks 5th in the entire nation. In Indiana, individuals can live more comfortably and affordably in comparison to other states.
Our continued efforts to put Hoosiers back to work have had positive effects on our state. Indiana has certainly become a great place to do business, live and raise a family, and it has not gone unnoticed. As a result, terrific acts and performers are attracted to Hoosier cities. Hoosiers know what they want and now have an increased selection of entertainment options.
We cannot become complacent as there is more work to be done. But being number 13 in the most visited venues is a good start.