About Paula

Paula Hughes was elected to the Allen County Council in 2002 and has served as its president in 2006 and 2010. During Paula’s tenure, Allen County has gone from being $8 million in debt with annual budget shortfalls to having a “rainy-day” surplus of over $22 million and $8 million in cash operating surplus. On the Council, she has used her leadership and strong business background to promote economic growth and development. Paula has fostered an environment that empowers all Allen County personnel and departments to work together to make our government work.

Prior to her election to the Allen County Council, Paula served as the first full-time president of the Downtown Improvement District of Fort Wayne. In that capacity, she helped set in motion much of the long-term planning that is now being realized in Fort Wayne’s downtown revitalization.

A Career of Service

Paula’s commitment to our region is reflected in the many leadership posts she has held. She currently serves on the Allen County Redevelopment Commission, Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors, Innovation Center (NIIC) Board, Anthony Wayne Services AWRC Board and is a Vice President of the Allen County Drug and Alcohol Consortium (DAC) Board. She served on the Allen County Plan Commission in 2003 and 2004. Paula is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne and past Alumni Board President.


Paula Hughes is a graduate of Northrop High School in Fort Wayne. She holds a BA from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Saint Francis.

Commitment to Family

Paula resides in Fort Wayne with her husband, Chris Hughes and their son Beale. Chris runs his family’s business, Transmission and Fluid Equipment, Inc. (TFE), which has given Paula a front row seat to the challenges facing small business owners in our community.

As a family, the Hughes’ enjoy exploring all that Fort Wayne has to offer, including kayaking on the rivers, biking on the River Greenway, and shopping at the Barr Street Farmer’s Market. They are frequently in the stands cheering on the TinCaps, Komets and Mad Ants.

Paula’s Bookshelf

How to Create Real Urban Redevelopment

March 18th, 2010

Cleveland made an important commitment to banishing the moniker “the Mistake on the Lake” in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Ten Steps to Brings Jobs and Businesses Back to Cleveland and Other Big Cities

March 17th, 2010

Cleveland is one of the best examples of a big American city struggling with the economic transitions and transformations brought about by today’s globally competitive services-based economy.

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