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Mayor appoints Mark Becker to Redevelopment Commission

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced that he has appointed Mark Becker to serve on the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission.

Becker will replace Steve McElhoe who recently announced his retirement as a member of the Redevelopment Commission. Becker will begin his duties on the Redevelopment Commission this month.

Becker’s previous experience as a local community leader includes serving as deputy mayor, director of community development, and director of economic development for the City of Fort Wayne; executive director of the Northeast Indiana Fund; and president and CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Becker currently serves as a consultant for Parkview Health.

“Mark brings a lot of knowledge and experience that will serve the Redevelopment Commission well as we continue to see growth and future opportunities in the City of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. “I appreciate Mark’s willingness to serve in this important role. His dedication and professionalism will make a meaningful impact.”

The Redevelopment Commission promotes and implements opportunity projects, acting as a catalyst to develop blighted and other areas that have shown a cessation of growth and lack of development, especially in the downtown area. This is done through techniques including real estate acquisition, site preparation and/or providing public infrastructure to the site. Financing resources generally used are Tax Incremental Financing and Redevelopment General Obligation Bonds.