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Restructuring deadline extended for development groups

Local officials today extended their deadline for restructuring the city and county’s economic development efforts until March 31.

And they announced that Mike Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Health, has volunteered to lead the effort, which is now focused on financial and legal issues.

On Sept. 11, Mayor Tom Henry said Fort Wayne and Allen County officials planned to review and revamp the way it works with new and existing employers to create jobs and invest in local operations. He said officials would make an announcement on the results of their closed-door talks by the end of the year.

Henry was joined at both announcements by county officials and by leaders of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance and the Downtown Improvement District, or DID.

Officials in September said the effort might mean dissolving or dramatically refocusing the Alliance and the DID. That much seems certain, based on comments made today.

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