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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 03, 2019 2:08 pm

Verbatim: Mayor Henry announces support for extension to economic development agreement for Electric Works project

The following was released on Thurs. Oct. 3, 2019:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Mayor Tom Henry today expressed his support for an extension to the economic development agreement for the Electric Works project. 

RTM Ventures has made a formal request to have the agreement extended to allow for additional time to finalize private financing and secure tenants. The proposed new milestone dates would be February 1, 2020 for financing commitments to be met and April 30, 2020 for the closing on the transaction. 

The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission will consider the request at its next meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at Citizens Square in Room 030. In addition, the Allen County Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board of Managers and Allen County Commissioners will need to approve the extension request. 

“Successful public-private partnerships can be complex and take time. They’re critical to advancing our community and region as a point of destination for job and business growth, strong neighborhoods, and attractive quality of life amenities,” said Mayor Henry. “I want to see Electric Works happen and succeed and positive progress is being made. The public financing bodies involved in this project are committed and engaged partners with the Electric Works development team as the process continues to move forward.” 

“We're excited to see progress continuing on Electric Works and we support the Mayor’s proposed extension to the economic development agreement. With a project of this magnitude and potential impact, adjustments to the project timeline are to be expected. We appreciate the leadership that the Mayor, County Commissioners, City Council and Capital Improvement Board have shown by providing the local incentive package to the project and are confident that the project team—including the developers, brokers, and all local funding partners—will be able to work together to make Electric Works a reality for this community,” said John Urbahns, president and CEO, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. 

“The success of Electric Works will be transformational for our region. The City of Fort Wayne and communities all across Northeast Indiana are experiencing incredible momentum, and with the continued progress of the project, that momentum will continue to grow. The sheer size and complexity of this project have required sustained leadership, collaboration and flexibility by Mayor Henry, the City of Fort Wayne, RTM Ventures and numerous local partners to assure the long-term success of the project,” said John Sampson, CEO and president of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. 

The local public financing entities have worked collaboratively to secure the necessary public funding of $65 million for the project. That funding is in place and will be released when all conditions of the economic development agreement are met and closing occurs.