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  • FILE: Indiana Hotel, main hallway of the 6th floor.

  • FILE: Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw

  • FILE: U.S. Vice Presidential Museum

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:32 pm

Regional Cities Initiative reveals goals

Sherry Slater | The Journal Gazette

The secrecy is over.

After months of intense effort, northeast Indiana officials on Tuesday revealed the projects included in the region's bid for $42 million in state economic development funding.

Highlights on the list include an $11 million upgrade of Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, a $10 million expansion of the U.S. Vice Presidential Museum in Huntington and $10 million renovation of the remaining four floors of the hotel attached to the Embassy Theatre in downtown Fort Wayne.

The Regional Cities Initiative was designed to fast track bold projects that improve quality of life, making regions more dynamic and attractive to talented young workers.

Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Economic Development Corp. created the program last year and successfully lobbied for funding during this year's legislative session. The legislature approved $84 million for the initiative, enough to award two $42 million grants this year.

Submissions are due to the state on Monday. IEDC officials have said the selection committee will do most of its work in October. The full IEDC board is expected to vote and announce its final decision in December.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or go to after 3 a.m. Wednesday.