“Electric Works will contribute to the local community even before the first tenant opens, officials announced Tuesday.

RTM Ventures…has partnered with nonprofit Joshua’s Hand to create apprenticeship programs that will employ minorities during construction.”

Source: Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

“That clean-up has gone more efficiently than expected, leaving funds left to clean buildings not included in the original scope of work.”
Our thanks to Fort Wayne City Council, the Capital Improvement Board and the Allen County Commissioners for their continued support and investment.

After skipping out on the 2019 event, one of the region’s biggest music festivals is coming back with a bang.

SOURCE: WPTA-TV

“Jeff Kingsbury of RTM Ventures said more than 160,000 square feet of commercial or institutional space is from tenants who are new to Allen County. These tenants plan to create hundreds of new jobs in the county…”

 

Source: WANE-TV

Conjure Coffee will appear in two spots in the former General Electric Campus. A cafe will be featured in the Electric Works Innovation Center while a coffee bar and roastery will be featured in the campus’s food hall and public market.

SOURCE: WANE-TV

Sweetwater Urban Farms, an Atlanta-based company founded in 2017 that uses aeroponic technology, helped by with proven Internet of Things — no human interaction to transfer data — to produce nutrient-rich greens and herbs, will open a greenhouse in the food hall at the planned Electric Works.

SOURCE: Indiana Economic Development Digest

“Sweetwater Urban Farms, which uses aeroponic technology augmented with internet connectivity to produce nutrient-rich greens and herbs, will open a greenhouse inside the food hall at the Electric Works.”

SOURCE: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Earlier this summer, we were delighted to host correspondent Rebecca Nolan of the NPR podcast “Journeys of Discovery” for a tour and conversation. Listen to her story and experience here.

 

Cleaning up Electric Works is messy and neccessary — and nearly complete, as WANE-TV’s Chris Darby found.

“According to Kevan Biggs, the cleanup work for the two buildings has come in under budget,” WANE reports. “The developers have started looking for other small buildings to begin cleanup.”

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“The project’s co-working component — available month to month to companies with up to 15 employees — is a key part of an attempt to draw the surrounding community into what its backers say will be an innovation hub in the city.”

The New York Times recently highlighted Electric Works as a national example of how opportunity zones and co-working spaces can combine to bring better access to start-ups and investors for under-served communities.