Introduced Version



Introduced by: Bell, Borror, Dodge, Leonard, Ripley,
Stutzman, Pond, Espich, GiaQuinta, Moses


        A RESOLUTION honoring John Stafford.

    Whereas, John Stafford wanted to design communities since he was in the fourth grade;

    Whereas, In 1975, at the age of 56, he achieved his dream when he came to Fort Wayne for a job in the city's planning department;

    Whereas, John Stafford has played a key role in many accomplishments that have proven to be vital to the progress of the Fort Wayne community;

    Whereas, John Stafford was instrumental in bringing the

General Motors plant to Allen County in 1985, helped to create the 2000 Economic Development Action Plan for Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana, helped design the incentive package to encourage ITT Industries to bring its Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems project, or SINCGARS, to Fort Wayne, and researched and prepared the 2004 Allen County Diversity Study for the United Way of Allen County;

    Whereas, One of John Stafford's most impressive accomplishments is the expansion of the Grand Wayne Center, nearly doubling its size and increasing the ability of the convention center to attract events to the city;

    Whereas, John Stafford designed the complex and played a major role in developing the $40,000,000 financing package that made the renovation possible;

    Whereas, In honor of his 30 years of helping develop Fort Wayne and Allen County, John Stafford has been selected Citizen of the Year by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette;

    Whereas, John Stafford is currently the director of the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he also teaches public policy, urban planning, and public finance; and

    Whereas, John Stafford is truly the expert that experts turn to when they need help: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana House of Representatives congratulates John Stafford on his selection as Citizen of the Year by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and expresses its gratitude for his efforts on behalf of the citizens of Fort Wayne and Allen County; his many accomplishments will continue to serve the Fort Wayne and Allen County communities for many years to come.
    SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives shall transmit a copy of this resolution to John Stafford and his family.


HR 1507/DI 84



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