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Community Relations

Partnering with the Region

An integral part of Fort Wayne.

We believe in community. We believe in it so much that community engagement is one of the pillars of the Purdue Fort Wayne strategic plan. Because of this belief, we strive to develop partnerships that matter, that drive growth. We want to encourage our youth, make significant impact alongside local businesses, and explore all the possibilities that a thriving community can provide.

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Guests at the Cherry Blossom Festival on campus.
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Portrait of Kim Grannan standing in front of a fireplace in the Alumni Center.

Future Success

Community is key.

“The institution plays a vital role in the region and beyond, and engaging with our community will continue to be an important part of our future success.”

—Kimberly Grannan, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor and Community Relations Officer


Allen county together

Looking toward the future.

Purdue Fort Wayne is proud to be part of a city and region committed to the future. Allen County Together is an economic-development plan with a variety of initiatives focused on growth, innovation, and inclusion. These include developing 2,500 student-housing units in the region and becoming a Top 10 Music City by 2031.

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A view of the city of Fort Wayne from Promenade Park.

Business Resources

Campus to Community Connections

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Connections start here.

Campus to Community Connections provides direct access to resources in research, technology, technical expertise, and educational services.
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Centers of Excellence

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Research that makes a difference.

Our Centers of Excellence partner with other institutions, agencies, laboratories, think tanks, and the private sector to provide expertise and resources to a variety of relevant initiatives.
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Locations for Rent

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Find the perfect place to gather.

We offer numerous locations on campus for rent, including rooms for conferences, meetings, performances, and banquets.
See What’s Available
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Creating Video Games
The Global Game Jam offers collaboration in the creation of video games.
Students work together to create a video game.
College TV Fort Wayne
Developing talent to make a future impact in the world of media.
Art Herbig and assistant watch video footage.
Making a Difference
Maria Norman, student support services business analyst, becomes an advocate for public education as FWCS board president.
Portrait of Maria Norman.
Positive Change
PFW faculty drive education legislation for Transition to Teaching scholarship dollars.
Gov. Eric Holcomb is signing a bill into law.
Fusion Band
PFW and Fort Wayne Community Schools students share the joy of music.
Senior music education student Ethan Hacker conducts the Fusion Band.
Influential Opportunities
PFW hosts Rotary’s Conflict Resolution event for high school students.
Janet Badia, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, speaks to high school students at the Fort Wayne Rotary Club's Peace and Conflict Resolution conference
A Welcoming Herd
PFW honored for representation and care of female employees.
Kirk Tolliver accepts the Silver Award


Community in action.


From hosting the Cherry Blossom Festival on campus to making connections with local businesses, we are always working with our community to better the region.

Athletics Center at dusk on campus.

Fitness and Athletics

Options to keep you moving.

Get into shape at the fitness center; hike the 1.25-mile lighted trail on the west side of campus—along the St. Joseph River—which features more than 100 tree species native to Indiana; or attend one of our NCAA Division I contests in basketball, volleyball, baseball, and more.

Meet the Team

Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Grannan

Chief of Staff to the Chancellor/Communi

[email protected]

Rachel Blakeman

Rachel Blakeman

Director Community Research Institute

[email protected]

Gayle Bellam

Gayle Bellam

Executive Assistant

[email protected]

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Contact us.

Have questions? Contact Kim Grannan, community relations officer, at [email protected] or 260-481-6103.