Fort Wayne Ranked Top City To Do Business in U.S.

Aug 13, 2015

Fort Wayne's courthouse
Credit Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Fort Wayne is one of two Indiana cities that made the list for top cities to do business. It ranked 6 out of 10 on Business Review USA’s list.

The article cites Indiana’s low taxes and unemployment rates as reasons Fort Wayne and Evansville are two of the top 10 cities to do business.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says the city will use this recognition to attract more businesses.

“We’re going to use that to let a lot of potential employers know and visitors know that the city of Fort Wayne continues to grow and continues to have real positive momentum,” Henry said.

Henry says Fort Wayne’s wages, which are lower than the national average, could also be a factor that is attractive to businesses. But he says the city is trying to raise wages by improving and offering more options for education and training.

“Indiana does have a ways to go,” he said. “I’m not sure that we’re in the top 10 as far as wages in the country, that’s for sure.”

Cities in Wisconsin and Iowa also made the list, and—like Indiana—they have the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

July’s economic summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows employees in Allen County take home about $200 less per week than the national average.