The following news release was issued today by Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters:
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Nelson Peters, Allen County Commissioner, District-1 will file to run for another term as Allen County Commissioner. He has previously served for 10 years on the Allen County Council and has had various business interests within the community.
Peters has helped to strengthen economic development efforts in Allen County which totaled over $1.5 billion in 2019 and over $1 billion in both 2017 and 2018. Some of these projects included expansions to; General Motors, Avancez, Sweetwater, P & B Cold Storage, Parkview Hospital and the Lafayette Center Road corridor.
Peters has also been credited with having been the architect for the Emergency Management/Homeland Security mergers as well as the 911/Communications department and the integration of the Department of Planning Services and the consolidation of the City of Ft. Wayne and Allen County Geographic Information System and Information Technology Boards.
Peters led efforts to establish an employee health clinic and the first County strategic plan in the state which resulted in Allen County’s receipt of County Achievement awards from the Association of Indiana Counties. The clinic as well as other tweaks to the employee health insurance program has allowed the clinic to successively lower health insurance costs seven out of the last eight years saving the county millions of dollars.
While the business climate has improved dramatically during Peters’ time in office he said, “Now is not the time to take our foot off of the gas pedal. We have made great strides in our permitting processes and Allen County has helped to develop a landscape providing great business opportunities. We must maintain that momentum to ensure that companies will want to continue to expand and locate here.”
He further stated, “My priorities over the next four years will include; continuing to help lead economic development efforts and working closer with our neighborhoods to ensure that there is modern infrastructure including the hard surfacing of all roads, making sewer rates more affordable and helping to mitigate broadband deficiencies in some of our more rural areas. Through these increased efforts we will realize a continuing improvement in the quality of life of all of our Allen County citizens”.