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

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.

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