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For Immediate Release
January 10, 2017

Stafford to Rejoin IPFW Community Research Institute as Interim Director

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is pleased to announce John Stafford will return to the university as the interim director for the Community Research Institute (CRI). Stafford is filling the role following Ellen Cutter’s move to Greater Fort Wayne.

“I am happy to be assisting the IPFW Community Research Institute in an interim capacity while the search for a new director takes place,” said Stafford. “The Institute means a great deal to me both professionally and personally, and it is a pleasure to again play a part in its contributions to the community.”

Stafford retired as CRI director in summer 2013 yet continued serving as a lecturer in IPFW’s Department of Public Policy. He also remained active in the study of local and state government finance, primarily through work with the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute. In 2014 he co-authored the Institute’s information brief titled “The Personal Property Tax in Indiana: Its Reduction or Elimination is No Simple Task,” and in 2016 completed an extensive study on the fiscal health of Indiana’s larger municipalities in the post-property tax cap climate.

Prior to his 10-year service as CRI director at IPFW, Stafford served in several positions in local government with the City of Fort Wayne and Allen County, including work in public policy, economic development, municipal finance, and urban planning. In addition to serving on several local boards and commissions, he was a member of the Indiana Property Tax Control Board and the Indiana Commission to Reform Local Government.

“The return of John Stafford as interim director of CRI will allow for complete continuity of services and activities while we undertake a search for the next full-time director,” said Carl Drummond, vice chancellor for academic affairs and enrollment management. “John’s knowledge, experience, and regional connections will both allow us to continue to serve the region as well as provide an outstanding jump start for the next director.”

IPFW will conduct a national search to find a permanent director, and the job is posted on IPFW’s Human Resources website.

The Community Research Institute is one of IPFW's commitments to promote the growth and vitality of northeast Indiana. The Institute serves as one of the portals linking the academic expertise at IPFW with the needs of the public, private, and non-profit sectors in northeast Indiana by providing research and analytical services in the areas of socio-economic data, urban planning, municipal finance, public policy, and economic development.

Information is available on CRI's website on various economic measures regarding the local economy such as employment and income and other area economic data. Also available on the website is access to CRI's reports, the Top 100 Major Employers list, and other local and national economic resources. CRI also maintains economic data on the 10-county northeast Indiana region.

For more information, contact John Stafford, interim director of the Community Research Institute, at 260-481-0282 or