Join Fort Wayne 5th District City Councilman Geoff Paddock for a virtual town hall Sept. 3 at 7:00 pm. Members of the development team will provide updates on Electric Works, including project financing, and answer questions from the community.
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Do it Best has signed a lease to become the anchor tenant at Electric Works, enabling the largest privately held company in Indiana to maintain Allen County as its global headquarters and grow its team in the coming years.

The lease calls for Do it Best Corp. to occupy approximately 200,000 square feet of space on multiple floors in Building 26 on the project’s West Campus, with the ability to add up to 20,000 square feet more if needed for expansion. Do it Best will move into Electric Works as soon as construction is complete on West Campus, which is expected to be in the second half of 2022.

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On July 22, we invited elected officials from the city and county, as well as representatives from the Downtown Trust and the Redevelopment Commission, to tour several buildings and see firsthand the amazing amount of clean-up, remediation and site-prep that’s been completed by Weigand Construction and its partners.

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“It’s a history worth saving,” he said. “We think it’s going to be a great recruiting opportunity for us and our future.”

Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Dan Starr and several other company leaders spoke with the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for its July 19 edition, reiterating their support for Electric Works and the importance of the project in its ability to call Fort Wayne home for the long-term. Read the article here.

Joshua’s Hand, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2013, today announces its workforce development initiative, Joshua Works.

Joshua Works is partnering with Broadway Redevelopment Partners and Weigand Construction to advocate for Minority, Women and Veteran Business owners for contractual opportunities on the Electric Works project. In addition, the Joshua Works initiative was created to recruit, cultivate, and train a viable workforce to address the unemployment and underemployment in the construction trades.

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The Fort Wayne Community Schools’ board approved a 10-year lease for the development of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) high school at Electric Works.

Building 31, formerly an office building built in 1942 during General Electric’s rapid growth during World War II, the new STEAM school will include approximately 25,000 square feet on Swinney Avenue. It will be one of only a handful of schools nationwide focused on the STEAM disciplines and established in an active mixed-use district, connecting students to career pathways alongside entrepreneurs, innovators and mentors.

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Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana is an empowered group of young professionals from throughout the region who are engaging our community head-on, making a positive impact on the places in which they work and live. From the beginning, they’ve been enthusiastic supporters of Electric Works, recognizing the profound positive impact it will have on our community. They recently voiced that support with an endorsement video – and we are grateful for their continued support and advocacy.


Electric Works has received an important federal agency approval, the latest in a series of significant steps forward for the redevelopment of the former General Electric campus in downtown Fort Wayne, as the project moves closer to the start of construction later this year.

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“That money could flow into Fort Wayne at a possibly crucial time, creating jobs and bolstering hope that Fort Wayne can regain its economic development momentum.”

Read the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s editorial in support of Electric Works – and its potential economic impact at a time when it’s needed  most –  here.

“We believe Electric Works is an absolutely vital project for northeast Indiana, as well as a tremendous opportunity for Do it Best. It presents a bold vision to bring needed jobs, leading-edge innovation and top talent to our part of the state.”

Our city, county and region are fortunate to have Do it Best Corp. as one of our largest and most important employers. And we are honored to have them as a partner in this transformational project.

Read their entire letter of support in today’s Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette here.