“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

“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.

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is launching the Electric Works Innovation and Neighborhood Renewal Fund, which will makes it easy for the public to directly support and foster charitable activities associated with the transformation of the former General Electric campus into a mixed-use innovation district.

 

Source: Inside Indiana Business

Journal Gazette reporter Sherry Slater highlights the extraordinary possibilities of the Electric Works Innovation District, the random “collision” of students, academics, technologists and business professionals in a space where ideas become reality.

“Where innovation happens is sort of at the edges of these disciplines,” said Tony Armstrong, president and CEO of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., adding that scientists working with information technology experts would be an example.

“It’s those collisions when people bump into each other at coffee or over lunch,” he said. “It really becomes this hub of activity.”

Read more here.

 

Fort Wayne Community Schools reaffirmed its commitment to Electric Works on Monday with a unanimous board vote endorsing an intent to lease about 26,000 square feet of renovated classroom space.

Terms of the lease will be negotiated and brought to the board for approval by August.

“It’s important for us because we’re the K-12 aspect” of the Electric Works project, said Superintendent Wendy Robinson. “Most of the conversations are around businesses and higher ed. We’re actively involved in those conversations, too.”

Read more here.

Joseph Decuis today announced plans to locate a more casual version of its fine-dining restaurant at Electric Works. While the restaurant’s official name and identity are still being developed, it will carry the Joseph Decuis brand and feature an extensive wine list and creative, unique menu built around the restaurant’s renowned Wagyu beef.

Read more here.

Authors Jim and Deborah Fallows toured Electric Works recently as part of a broader northern Indiana tour he was conducting on a series of stories for The Atlantic magazine. They’re writing about how towns and cities in the industrial Midwest are reinventing themselves.

One of Fallows’ takeaways from the visit was breadth and depth of civic-engagement. “The funding of this project is an epitome of ‘public-private partnership’—a phrase that…is seen in Washington as a euphemism for ‘payoffs’ or ‘log-rolling,’ but at the local level appears to be a key ingredient in getting things done.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2019/04/fort-wayne-makes-its-own-luck/587659/