The Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) Board of Directors have voted in support of the proposal for local funding toward the Electric Works project.
Fort Wayne is experiencing unprecedented momentum, created by ten years of investment and revitalization downtown and in the surrounding neighborhoods. YLNI supports the efforts to revitalize the former General Electric campus that will create an innovation district where people can live, work, play, and learn.
Recently, YLNI conducted an online survey with its network to gather perspective on the Electric Works project. From 194 respondents, 191 (99%) supported redevelopment of the campus; and 60% supported $65 million in local government investment. Several respondents cited various types of quality of life amenities for the campus, including restaurants, entertainment, housing, grocery market, and retail.
"Our board of directors and members have made their voices heard and supported the redevelopment of Electric Works," said YLNI Board President Ryan Krueckeberg. "The project would enhance the vibrancy of our city and our region, which would help attract and retain young professionals. This is a once-in-a-lifetime investment that will positively impact the future of our community."
As a group of emerging leaders invested in the future of Northeast Indiana, quality of life improvements are at the forefront of making our city, and our region, a place full of opportunities for economic, social and cultural growth. With a finger on the pulse of the community, YLNI’s membership is comprised of individuals who are engaging in the community head-on, making a positive impact on the places in which our members live, work, and play. YLNI has continuously supported initiatives that increase the vibrancy and quality of place in our community.
On Monday, YLNI sent a letter to members of Fort Wayne City Council, urging council to approve the funding request for the Electric Works project.