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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.”

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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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