The Arcade

Conant Block

Oddfellows Lodge

Miller Brothers

McGavren Block

We are Van Wert Forward, an organization vision-driven by The Van Wert County Foundation. Together, we are building vibrancy.

Our Vision: We are transforming quality of place for our community

Our Mission: Van Wert Forward transforms quality of place by planning, developing, and sustaining our downtown built environment.

Our Values:

  • Empathetic – Caring for the community’s people, by taking care of the built environment.
  • Transparent – Sharing the stories of the past, and the plans for the future.
  • Equitable – Creating spaces that are affordable for all walks of life.

Van Wert Forward is made possible thanks to The Van Wert County Foundation’s focus on creating an intentional return on community investment.

Shifting endowment investment money.

Wall Street

Main Street

Using our community assets – investing in our community.

Support Across Generations

Leveraging the endowment of previous generations through the Van Wert County Foundation.

Growing Business

Attracting and retaining businesses. Good for our workforce, good for Van Wert.

Downtown Beautification

Adding green-space downtown, and encouraging environmental conservation.

Preserving History

Restoring, revitalizing, and modernizing our historical built assets.

Housing – For You

Affordable apartment and luxury lofts. Bringing life to our downtown while serving the current housing needs of our community.

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