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Sunday, July 07, 2019 1:00 am

Co-working space among selling points of district

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

As each major employer committed to Electric Works' Innovation District, the developers issued an enthusiastic news release: Parkview Health! Fort Wayne Metals! Indiana Tech!

And while each of those tenants is valued by RTM Ventures, much of the Innovation District is reserved for someone else ... aspiring entrepreneurs.

Crystal Vann Wallstrom, Electric Works' managing director of innovation, said the district is being designed to meet various needs – including those of solo creative types looking to lease space on a month-by-month basis.

Although some co-work space already exists locally, the Innovation District would be at a scale that dwarfs what is available at The Atrium and the Northeast Indiana Innovation District.

Amenities will include offices that accommodate one to 15 workers, phones, furniture, snacks, meeting rooms, a brainstorming room and a 150-person conference hall, Vann Wallstrom said.

Programming for the space will also be robust and unique, including speakers and training opportunities.

Jeff Kingsbury, a partner in RTM Ventures, said putting various-sized offices in one place allows fledgling businesses to grow.

As those ventures find their legs, they create new jobs, contributing to Fort Wayne's economy and potentially attracting more skilled workers to move here.

That's what Electric Works supporters are counting on.