Greenville Sets Good Example For Fort Wayne Development

By Jeff Neumeyer- 21Alive
By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Greenville Sets Good Example For Fort Wayne Development

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Fort Wayne officials looking to better utilize our riverfront property say the example set in Greenville, SC could be a good one for our community to model.

We profiled the natural waterfall and other river development efforts in Greenville, during a special report this week called "On River's Edge."

The community turned its water feature into a big tourist draw. Our report documented how Greenville has seen hundreds of millions of dollars flown into town, though the river there is not as big as any of Fort Wayne's rivers.

"As you know by seeing it, it's a much smaller body of water that flows through downtown, and yet they've accomplished some really exciting things along it," said Mark Becker of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. "It's going to be very exciting here as we see our planning completed this year, and some of the projects that will be recommended out of them. I think the next step is to aggressively move ahead," he added.

Becker lived in Greenville as some of that city's development efforts were underway. Fort Wayne is in the middle of its own river study.

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