Nick Arnett’s 12 in 12

Usually I write about young entrepreneurs because they are starting or scaling business ventures.  The subject of this post is a bit different – he’s launching a very entrepreneurial project.

If you haven’t hung around downtown Fort Wayne you might not know Nick Arnett.  If you don’t, you are missing out.  Nick is a tireless proponent of our city, its downtown, its youth, and economic development – he (more than anyone else I know) sincerely wants to create, and is actively working to create, a better Future Fort Wayne.

Nick is embarking on a year-long project to visit 12 Cities in 12 Months.  As he says in an introductory email, “I will be traveling to twelve different cities over the next twelve months to study their community / economic development systems as well as how they are able to attract and retain “creative class” individuals. I will also be digging heavily into how these cities utilize millennials and allow them to develop leadership qualities at a young age.”  The whole project will be documented in a video.




I’d ask you readers to do 3 things:

  1. Please go to the project website at, and start following the project on Twitter, Facebook, and Nick’s blog.
  2. Please send a bit of financial support (you can pledge at the website) to make sure this entrepreneurial thinker gets to complete this project.  I did.
  3. Spread the word.  Tell your friends.  Tell possible corporate donors.

Let’s help Nick make Fort Wayne a better place!