Downtown Improvement District president quitting

May 4, 2019

Bill Brown, president of the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District since 2012, announced Friday he would resign.

Brown said he wanted to spend more time with family and pursue personal projects.

He said he will continue in his role through July to ensure a smooth transition.

In the past seven years, Brown applied his experience with urban renewal projects, business ownership and civic service, he said, to improve the climate of downtown Fort Wayne for commercial activity as well as the downtown experience for residents and visitors. 

“I’ve led from a position of facilitation and empowerment, and I am proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Brown said in a statement.

The Downtown Improvement District Board of Directors will begin a search for Brown’s replacement in the coming months. 

The Downtown Improvement District was established by the City Council under state statute. It aims to improve the business climate of the 99-block district and allow owners of non-residential property to more easily assess their own economic potential.

The Downtown Improvement District partners with Fort Wayne, Allen County and a variety of public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations. 

The Downtown Improvement District’s mission is “Advancing Downtown Fort Wayne as the vibrant, urban core of Northeast Indiana.”