A former Indiana state senator and business entrepreneur, Graham Richard brought his expertise in both politics and best business practices to city government in 2000 when he began his first term as mayor of the second-largest city in Indiana (Fort Wayne). During his two terms, he helped turn the Fort Wayne city government into a lean, results-producing, customer-focused driver of an economically thriving city. As Mayor, Graham helped taxpayers save more than $31 million while improving city services. The story of that experience is captured in his new book Performance is the Best Politics. View a summary PDF
In 2007, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce honored Richard by naming him "Government Leader of the Year." (View a brief video) During Mayor Richard's tenure, the City of Fort Wayne won national awards for the #1 Fleet Operation in the nation, and best Public Works and City Utilities Department in the country.
He has received national awards for his technology leadership, including the Fiber-to-the-Home Council's 2005 Star Award for being a leader in broadband technology. He was recognized as one of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers by Government Technology magazine for his significant contributions to the digital government movement. In addition, the Public Technology Institute awarded Mayor Richard with the 2006 Tech Leader Award. In September 2006, KillerApp magazine recognized Mayor Richard with the KillerApp Trailblazer Award for being a leader in broadband services.
Graham has become a popular speaker a national conferences. In December 2005, the Brookings Institution hosted Mayor Richard for a presentation on "Fort Wayne: Wired and Inspired to Compete in the Flat World." Mayor Richard also addressed the Winter 2006 U.S. Conference of Mayors. Other Keynote addresses in 2008 include: The Broadband Properties Summit, DOD Lean Six Sigma Breakthrough Conference, Mayors' Technology Summit, and Defense Business Agility Forum.
Graham has been a business owner, state senator and community leader. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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