The Journal Gazette
Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:44 am

Urbahns named Greater Fort Wayne CEO

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. on Thursday named John Urbahns, the organization's former No. 2 executive, to head the nonprofit. 

CEO Eric Doden in early May announced his decision to resign effective Dec. 31. 

Urbahns, executive vice president of economic development, was Fort Wayne's community development director for seven years before joining Greater Fort Wayne in January 2014. 

His responsibilities have included leading the group's efforts related to business expansion and attraction, entrepreneurship, innovation, downtown development and industry cluster advancement. 

Urbahns holds Ball State University degrees in urban planning and development and in environmental design. He also is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners. 

Greater Fort Wayne was created with the merger of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance and is the area's sole point of contact for economic development projects. 

Doden appointed Urbahns to lead the organization's efforts to support Electric Works, the proposed redevelopment of the former General Electric campus.

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