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Northeast Indiana declares victory in legislative session

FORT WAYNE – Northeast Indiana officials credit regional collaboration in state lawmakers moving forward with several initiatives – including $30 million to extend Lafayette Center Road near the General Motors Co. truck plant.

On Wednesday, more than 50 business and government leaders trumpeted the end of the recent legislation session that resulted in funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

“That road was never meant for the kind of traffic it gets,” John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, said after the gathering at Indiana Tech. “We don’t know when construction will begin, but we got it.”

Sampson and others – including Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne – said local cooperation was a key.

“The clear and unified voice with which northeast Indiana spoke during this past session enabled us to act confidently and decisively to support the priorities identified by this region,” Long said in a statement.

“The collaboration between northeast Indiana business and government leaders ensures that we are setting the best policy possible, and at the end of the day, our economy will benefit."

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