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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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/

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