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Buy more land, Doden tells Plan Commission

January 9, 2018 GMT

Eric Doden Tuesday summed up his staff’s advice to the Allen County Redevelopment Commission in three words:

Buy more land.

Judging from the rest of his talk before the body at its January reorganization meeting, Doden, chief executive officer of Greater Fort Wayne, a county-city business promotion group, could have added five more:

Put up a spec building.

“Certainly, we are well beyond ‘shovel ready,’ ” he said, referring to a common governmental economic development strategy of having ground with infrastructure in place ready for new construction.

Today, he said, relocating companies want more : and time is of the essence.

“They want that building to be there now,” Doden said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Wednesday.