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in-electic works (3) The Electric Works project will transform an old industrial campus into a new, livable neighborhood.

FT. WAYNE, IN—Like many Midwest cities, in the last few generations Ft. Wayne lost a number of manufacturing facilities that once underpinned its economy. But the urban revival, which is bringing back downtowns across the US, is also helping this city recover some lost ground.

A group of developers is set to begin work on Electric Works, the $440 million redevelopment of an abandoned GE campus near downtown into a 1.2 million square-foot mixed-use innovation district. It is just one of several significant projects underway or recently completed that will change the city’s skyline and allow its businesses to compete for talent.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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