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Forward Wayne County is a backbone organization that serves as a catalyst for change in Wayne County, Indiana. We are also a community development arm of the Wayne County Foundation.

Our role as backbone support is a critical condition for collective impact. In fact, the lack of a strong backbone is the number one reason that collective impact initiatives fail.

Our goal is to support a county-wide collective effort to attract, develop, and retain a highly competitive workforce to meet the current and future needs of our area businesses and industries.

Wondering what Collective Impact is?  Don’t worry, we wrote all about it in our article, Collective Impact for a Thriving Wayne County.


Measuring what matters, this information helps decide priorities, shape and pursue effective policies, and seek external funding opportunities.


Improving the lives of our Wayne County residents through education and development.


Improving our environment, neighborhoods, and the quality of life for our Wayne County residents.


Access useful guides, tools, and resources for service providers, community organizations, and partners.

On the Blog

Welcome to the Team – Again

Welcome to the Team – Again

This month, we welcomed a new team member of the Forward Wayne County team, Seth Stegall. We asked him to share his story and what he hopes to accomplish in his new role. Hello there! This blog may be a reintroduction for some of you and, for others, a new face. My...

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Wayne County’s Music Community

Wayne County’s Music Community

We are talking about Arts & Culture this month and asked Sean Lamb to share his thoughts: I have proudly been a part of Wayne County’s music community for the better part of 20 years. Over those years, I’ve seen so many changes at a local level that benefit people...

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