Ever had to keep a really big secret?
… maybe you bought your kids an amazing gift (you know, the toy that happens to be the BIG THING of the moment) and you wish they could have it now.
… maybe you have a pal who is about to pop the question, but you’ve promised not to let the big news slip.
… or maybe you’re working on a really cool community project that’s turning alllllll kinds of heads, but you can’t dish about the details.
That last one? Yes, that's right where I am, and I’m not gonna lie ... sometimes it’s tough!
NIACF’s executive team has been kind of quiet with community-facing emails for a while because we didn’t want to do anything that could potentially jeopardize a prospective partnership or interfere with government processes.
I desperately want to give you an update, though, so I’m going to share what I can without spilling too many beans.
Here’s a high-level view of some of the most exciting developments over the last couple of months:
We met with several representatives from the City of Fort Wayne, and I am thrilled to tell you that they share our enthusiasm for this project. They’ve generously helped us make important connections and identify potential locations.
We currently have FIVE plots of land under consideration. Ultimately, a final decision about location will not be made until we secure a title sponsor and navigate things like zoning with the City, but I think any of the prospective sites would be fantastic.
We’ve had ongoing conversations with three potential title sponsors, and all have expressed some interest in partnering with us. At this moment, however, nothing is signed, sealed and delivered. It’s important to remember that the process of asking someone for millions of dollars is never as simple as a handshake over lunch. It requires approval from boards, buy-in from key stakeholders and the security of viable funding streams.
We met with an awesome grant writer who has provided valuable insight and direction regarding supplementary funding streams.
We toured the site of the Electric Works project in downtown Fort Wayne, paying special attention to the City’s processes, timelines and messaging. (If you haven’t toured this facility, you absolutely should! Click here to pick a date.)
We volunteered at the 2018 Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals here in Fort Wayne, and it was quite clear that Fort Wayne’s existing pool facilities do not adequately serve this population of athletes.
I can’t tell you how awesome it is to leave a meeting with someone who immediately recognizes the potential impact of a facility like this in our community.
We’re making big waves, and I look forward to sharing more updates with you soon!
NIACF Executive Director