Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, District-1, announced that he planned to file Jan. 8 to run for another term. He 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, according to an announcement. Some of these projects included an additional $24 million investment to General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly, after an original $1.2 billion influx; Avancez’s new 300,000-square-foot facility at 12808 Stonebridge Road in Roanoke, Sweetwater’s $76 million expansion at its 5501 U.S. 30 location; P & B Cold Storage’s 95,725 square-foot warehouse/office at 23288 Roemer Road, Fort Wayne; Parkview Hospital’s six-story, 168,000-square-foot tower addition to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne; and the Lafayette Center Road corridor work to reconstruct and upgrade a 1-mile section of the Fogwell Parkway in Lafayette Township used for General Motors suppliers and others..
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 Fort Wayne and Allen County Geographic Information System and Information Technology boards, according to the announcement.
Peters led efforts to establish an employee health clinic and the first county strategic plan in the state that 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 in the announcement, “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 said, “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.”