More Regional Cities Funding in Fort Wayne

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Part of the renovation work include a two-story ballroom and rooftop patio. Part of the renovation work include a two-story ballroom and rooftop patio.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has approved $1.7 million in Regional Cities funding for the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne. The money will go toward the $10 million renovation of the theatre, which the IEDC says is "advancing its prominence as a cultural hub in northeast Indiana."

The project was completed in March. Work on the former Indiana hotel included renovations to four floors which had been vacant for nearly 40 years.

"The Embassy Theatre is an iconic pillar for northeast Indiana," said Kelly Updike, executive director of the Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre. "Support from the Regional Cities Initiative allows the Embassy to expand, giving more people of all ages new opportunities to experience out vibrant venue. More than 80,000 square feet of vacant space has become a two-story ballroom, a rooftop patio, classrooms, new concessions, dressing rooms and administrative space. Thanks to this final funding, the historic theatre will continue to welcome families for generations to come."

The award is the latest in a string of projects to receive Regional Cities funding in northeast Indiana. Earlier this month, the IEDC approved funding for projects at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne and Trine University in Angola. The YMCA of DeKalb County also recently received funding for its expansion plans and the Skyline Tower in Fort Wayne received $2.8 million in May.

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