Greater Fort Wayne urges board members to push for Electric Works project

September 8, 2018

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is urging its board members to push local leaders to approve plans for Electric Works, the development planned for the former General Electric campus south of downtown.

The project cleared a procedural hurdle last week when the city of Fort Wayne and developer RTM Ventures signed a development agreement for the property, but plans still must be approved by the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, the Legacy Joint Funding Committee and the Fort Wayne City Council.

The redevelopment commission is set to vote on the agreement Monday, and Greater Fort Wayne sent a letter Friday to leaders of businesses that make up its board encouraging them to speak up for the project and lobby local politicians to support it.

The letter signed by CEO Eric Doden says Electric Works is key to attracting jobs, businesses, investors and workers to Allen County. It is accompanied by a list of public officials who will help shape the development and their contact information.

“Mayor (Tom) Henry and the county commissioners have voiced their support for Electric Works, but we should not take their support as a guarantee that their appointees will approve the project and advance it to the remaining funding bodies,” the letter states. “I am calling on you, our board members, to exercise your voice and demonstrate community leadership.

“As leaders, we must urge our local officials to put their words into actions.”

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