The vice president of downtown development for Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has been named the city's new deputy mayor. Karl Bandemer has experience as Fort Wayne's economic development director and with several private sector employers. October 8, 2013

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced that Karl Bandemer has been appointed as Deputy Mayor for the City of Fort Wayne.

Bandemer has nearly 40 years of experience in local government and business. Since 2010, he’s served as vice president of downtown development for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, now known as Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

In his role with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Downtown Development Trust, Bandemer was instrumental in the recent announcement of the $71 million project planned for downtown with Ash Brokerage and Hanning & Bean Enterprises.

From 1981-1986, Bandemer served as the City’s economic development director. He also has experience in the private sector with leadership positions at Sturges Development Group and Northill Corporation. In addition, he’s worked for the Region 3A Development and Regional Planning Commission, United Way of Allen County, and the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council.

“Karl is a public servant who’s committed to helping make our City the best that it can be,” said Mayor Henry. “Karl’s leadership skills, experience in government, and expertise in economic development are unique qualities that will complement our efforts to engage, innovate, and perform to position Fort Wayne as a destination place for business growth, jobs, a great quality of life, and strong neighborhoods.”

“I’m honored to be part of Mayor Henry’s administration. This is a great time to be in Fort Wayne as we continue to make our community a leader in business development and downtown revitalization,” said Karl Bandemer. “I also look forward to working with the City’s division and department leaders as we serve to meet the needs of citizens and businesses.”

Bandemer has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Drake University and a master’s degree in urban planning from Wayne State University. Bandemer will begin his duties as Deputy Mayor on Monday, Oct. 28.Source: City of Fort Wayne

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