FISHERS - The co-founder of a $16 million mixed-use development in Fishers says the project aims to have the biggest social impact possible. Officials broke ground Tuesday on Hub & Spoke, which will include a design center, coworking space and makerspace when completed. David Decker says the project is the first of its kind in the nation and seeks to help people find their purpose and passion and tie that into their vocation.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Decker said Hub & Spoke fits well into the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

"There's not a project like this that we know of anywhere in the state or nation. There's components of it but we've taken it, as entrepreneurs do, and improved and combined in a way that we haven't seen before. Also, the impact that we're trying to have is to teach people through an entrepreneurial lens to help them identify their purpose and passion early in life, learn a skilled trade and then hopefully own their own business after that."

The project is being done in partnership with the city of Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern Schools. The city says the 94,000-square-foot facility, located near the proposed Nickel Plate Trail, will allow students and adults to develop work-ready and employable skills. 

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness says the project is in full alignment with the city's efforts to become a smart and vibrant entrepreneurial city.

"We thought a long time ago when we decided to create an entrepreneurial city that it's not just about tech companies. Yes, we have Launch Fishers. Yes, we have the state's only IoT lab and now we're going to have an entrepreneurial venture with our test kitchen that's going to open up at The Yard this fall. Now, we've got a place where entrepreneurs who want to work in the trades or work in design can do that right here at Hub & Spoke. It's kind of this continuation of all things entrepreneurial across several different industry sectors."

Construction on Hub & Spoke is expected to be complete in April 2020.