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Local projects earn honors

Parkview, Indiana Tech leaders share Parker Award

Two high-profile projects – a regional hospital and a law school – have earned local accolades for their leaders.

Mike Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Hospital, and Arthur Snyder, president of Indiana Tech, share this year’s Maclyn Parker Swagger Award. The honor, presented Thursday evening, is given to “individuals who exemplify strong advocacy in economic development throughout our community.”

The awards are presented by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance as part of the third annual Swagger Awards. More than 150 people were expected to attend the event at the Philmore on Broadway.

Additional awards were presented to 54 businesses that invested, expanded or sustained their presence in the city or county in the past year.

The list included the University of Saint Francis, which spent $2 million to buy the former the Scottish Rite Center, now named the USF Performing Arts Center, and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce building, which will be used for the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. The university is trying to raise $10 million to renovate the downtown buildings.

Franklin Electric Co. was also recognized for its plan to build a new headquarters and engineering center near Fort Wayne International Airport. The Bluffton-based company is scheduled to move to its new campus – a $32 million to $36 million project – by the middle of next year.

The Parker Award is the most prestigious of the local economic development honors, however. Packnett was chosen on behalf of the county. Snyder was selected by the city.

Parkview Health, the largest employer in northeast Indiana, operates 12 facilities where it employs 8,300.

Parkview Regional Medical Center, which opened March 17, was a $536 million project.

Indiana Tech has admitted its first law school student, officials said this week. The school, part of more than $50 million in university new construction projects, is scheduled to open in August 2013.

Indiana Tech’s enrollment – now at 7,000 – has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

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