Fort Wayne is a city of Indiana with a population of more than 250,000. It is the second largest city in Indiana. General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, a statesman of the American Revolutionary War, the U.S. Army built Fort Wayne last in a series of forts near the Miami Indian village of Kekionga in 1794. Fort Wayne was named in honor of Wayne, it established itself as a trading post for European settlers. The village experienced huge growth after the Wabash and Erie Canal were completed.
Kekionga is the Anglicized spelling of the name of the largest and most important of the Miami Indian villages, which was at the confluence of the three rivers at the site that has become Fort Wayne. The name Kekionga is said to mean "blackberry patch" but according another Miami tradition the name may also have meant that this was the most ancient village of the Miami in this region. The Miami's prolonged defense of the village supports this idea. The name Ke-ki-on-ga appears on the official seal of the City of Fort Wayne.
Today Fort Wayne's economy is base on manufacturing, education, insurance, health care, logistics and defense and security. The city has been an All-American City Award recipient in 1982, 1998, and 2009.
Fort Wayne's Largest Non-Government Employers:
Parkview Health Systems
Lutheran Health Network
Lincoln Financial Group
Frontier Communications Group
BAE Systems Platform Solutions
Raytheon Systems Co
Steel Dynamics, Inc
Norfolk Southern Corp
Edy's Grand Ice Cream
Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp