Medical Informatics Engineering has signed a letter of intent to locate some of its future northeast Indiana operations at Electric Works.

MIE’s initial plans for its Electric Works presence include an advanced research and development center, as well as a state-of-the-art “virtual presence” training center, according to an announcement from RTM Ventures, the partnership redeveloping the former General Electric campus in downtown Fort Wayne.

“As we look ahead, we anticipate growth in the health information technology sector and the employer and clinical clients we serve and adding more space at Electric Works will help us attract and retain the management, software development and deployment staff needed to support scalable expansion,” said MIE founder and CEO Doug Horner.

MIE’s investment aligns with successful models nationwide in which technology companies operate on-site and partner with health care and higher education institutions to drive key innovations, products and services. Electric Works previously announced Parkview Health as an anchor tenant for the West Campus and has also announced a letter of intent with Indiana Tech.

Founded in 1995, MIE built its Med-Web network to facilitate electronic data exchange among northeast Indiana hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers, and also has introduced web-based electronic health record applications and other health-related offerings.

BND Commercial

Karl Behrens represented both the seller, Conrow Realty Investments, and the buyer, Wookman Holdings LLC, in the purchase of 8,000 square feet of space at 110 W. Whitley St., Churubusco. Behrens represented the same seller in the sale of 3,200 square feet of space at 411 S. Mulberry St., Churubusco, to Quilts and Cushions.

Roger Koehlinger represented the seller, KLC Realty LLC, in the sale of 1,260 square feet of office space at 2420 Lake Ave. to buyer, Aspen Partners LLC.

David Nugent represented the buyer, Whitley County Properties LLC, in the purchase of the 2,232 square-foot office building at 210 W. South St., LaGrange, from seller, Waveland LLC.

Dave Dumas represented the buyer, Ciocca Cleaning and Restoration, in the purchase of 1.2 acres at the northeast corner of Executive Boulevard and Directors Row from seller, Park Avenue LLC.

Carolyn Spake-Leeper represented the tenant, Cook Behavioral Health Clinic PC, in the lease of 1,454 square feet of space at 7230 Engle Road from landlord, Alea Properties Office I LLC.

Spake-Leeper represented the tenant, Bona Vita Architecture, in the lease of 4,500 square feet of space at 110 W. Main St. The landlord, Salin Bank & Trust Co., was represented by Nugent.

Behrens represented the seller, Properties Group LLC, in the sale of 2,304 square feet of space at 6209 Constitution Drive to buyer, FW Hoosiers Properties LLC.

Nugent represented both the seller, 1375 Swan St. LLC, as well as the buyer, CND Holdings LLC, in the sale of 13,113 square feet of industrial space at 1370 Swan St., Huntington.

OCRA tests new Main Street program

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development are introducing a new Impact Main Street program that will focus on retaining existing businesses and expanding new business and entrepreneurial opportunities.

OCRA was awarded a $100,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to create the new initiative.

Nine Main Street organizations were selected for the pilot: Seymour, Fairmount, Tell City, Tipton, Rockville, Sullivan, Dillsboro, Elwood and LaPorte. They will be working with Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute to design and implement business investment strategies for their downtowns. Once the pilot is complete, OCRA intends to extend the program to other Main Street organizations.

TinCaps extend team shop hours

The Fort Wayne TinCaps are extending the hours that the Orchard Team Store at Parkview Field is open for the holiday season. Shoppers can find their favorite TinCaps merchandise available at the ballpark on weeknights until 8 p.m. and on Saturdays in December until 6 p.m.

Fans who shop at the Orchard also will have the chance to take advantage of exclusive promotions, like entering to win four tickets and a ceremonial first pitch for Opening Day 2019 (April 4). The TinCaps also will be giving shoppers a free jersey personalization voucher with each jersey purchase, plus a $5 gift card to those who spend $50 or more.

Meanwhile, TinCaps.com remains an option for fans to shop 24/7. Unlike in recent years, however, the TinCaps won’t have a satellite shop open at Glenbrook Square during the holiday season.

Stellar Communities winners revealed Dec. 10

The five finalists in the Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ Stellar Communities program completed the final step in the process with presentations of their regional development plans to OCRA and its partner agencies.

Each region’s leadership team presented an executive summary of its four-year comprehensive community revitalization strategy that identifies projects, an implementation schedule, cost, funding resources and the significance of each project to the community.

The New Allen Alliance — comprised of the towns of Grabill, Leo-Cedarville and Monroeville, the cities of New Haven and Woodburn and Allen County — is one of the finalists. The others are: Health and Heritage — comprised of the city of Greenfield, the town of Fortville and Hancock County; Eastern Indiana — comprised of the town of Liberty, cities of Richmond, Rushville and Union City, and Randolph County; Marshall County Crossroads — comprised of the towns of Argos, Bremen, Bourbon, Culver, LaPaz and Plymouth and Marshall County; and Mt. Comfort Road Corridor — comprised of the towns of Cumberland, McCordsville and New Palestine.

Two finalists will be named as winners on Dec. 10.

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