All good causes need their champions and riverfront development has him. Meet Dan Wire, Citizen River. citizenwayne.co
Filmed on location in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the St. Joseph River between Spy Run Avenue and Northside Drive. Sponsored by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, Lincoln Financial Group. Original music by Alec Johnson.
"The connection I have with water, I think is involuntary. I was born along the rivers. My grandfather and great grandfather were both sea captains. And I've had too many experiences of being on, around, and in the waters to not have water as a passion in my life."
"I began to see that my passion for everything that's related to the waters could be used for the betterment of the community as a whole."
"Water is an asset to everybody, no matter what your walk of life. Our rivers are assets. And there's a phrase that gets used a lot, that it's a missed opportunity. And we have an asset here that we can capitalize on. And whatever community it is, whether its a stream or a mountain or a beautiful meadow, if you do not allow the community to embrace that and enjoy it and enjoy all the features that it has its simply a missed opportunity."
"The recent study that came out, titled Soul of the Community, clearly pointed out that it is not the type of industry that's in a community that draws people and it isn't necessarily a geographic locations, whether you have majestic mountain as amenities to where you live. It first starts with providing opportunities for residents to interact together on a common plain to build a bond and relationship with each other so that they feel that they're a part of the community. So what I think about water...water has so many opportunities to relate to people, whether you're swimming in it or or boating on it or fishing in it or dining beside it or jogging along it or just watching the sun set over it. Water is the tonic of life to everybody."
"What is tonic? Tonic is a mixer. Tonic is something that allows things to smooth. To blend, to combine. And everybody's life gets complicated and we have a lot of things that we do. And when you get around water, those complexities of life seem to get put into their proper place. Water just has an opportunity for people to regenerate. Recalibrate. And maybe re-evaluate what's really important."
Water is the tonic of life."