Adaptive Reuse: Could the GE Campus Become Another High-Tech Incubator?

The president of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance says the city needs to focus on growing its high-tech sector. Andy Udris says part of the former General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) facility could be used for a business incubator or low-cost office space. He says the alliance will conduct a long-term study on the most effective use of the space.

Udris says there are more than one million square feet of space available in the building, which is still used by nearly 300 employees in various positions.

He says Fort Wayne has a high concentration of manufacturing companies, but needs to focus on attracting high-tech businesses. He says he hopes to attract a “geek scene” to Fort Wayne, and bring young, highly-trained professionals to town. Udris says the best way to that is to offer large amounts of very cheap space.

-Inside Indiana Business

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