The Warsaw Community Development Corporation began as a downtown association in 1976. It was a group of business people concerned about the problems that were manifesting themselves in the Central Business District. This association began working to find solutions to problems of vacant buildings, deteriorating store fronts, parking and traffic flow — all common to small cities and towns at the time.
As a way to formally approach the problem, the Warsaw Community Development Corporation (WCDC) was formed in 1980. This not-for-profit, 501 (C)3, corporation has continued to serve as a force to revitalize downtown Warsaw.
“To further encourage the economic development of Warsaw’s Central Business District through investments in people, buildings, businesses, and land.”
The City of Warsaw is easily accessible by two major highways, US 30 and State Route 15. State Route 15 runs through the Central Business District making a visit to downtown convenient.
Located in downtown Warsaw are recreation areas provided by the City of Warsaw Parks Department. Center Lake, Center Lake Park and Central Park, all located on the north edge of downtown, provides fishing, swimming, picnic tables, a children’s play area, and multiple gardens, fountains and walking paths to enjoy in the summer months; ice fishing and ice skating in the winter.
Other attractions around the Center Lake Park area are the Warsaw Biblical Gardens and a three-court tennis court.
The Board of Directors works with each committee to set and prioritize the goals and objectives of the corporation and communicate those goals and objectives to the community. Together they serve as the eyes and ears of the corporation while establishing policies, approving, reviewing and monitoring committee work plans and progress, and providing funds for the organization through community fund-raising efforts.