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John Urbahns joins Greater Fort Wayne Inc.


– Fort Wayne’s community development director has accepted a job that will build on his ties to the city.

John Urbahns has been named executive vice president of economic development for Greater Fort Wayne Inc., officials announced Wednesday.

His first day will be Jan. 6.

Urbahns’ responsibilities will include leading the nonprofit group’s efforts related to business expansion and attraction, entrepreneurship, innovation, downtown development and industry cluster advancement.

For the past seven years, Urbahns has been Fort Wayne’s community development director. He joined the city’s payroll in 1996.

He holds Ball State University degrees in urban planning and development and in environmental design. He also is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

This isn’t the first time the city and Greater Fort Wayne have raided each other’s staff. In July, Deputy Mayor Mark Becker was named the first CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, the merger of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance.

In October, Becker was replaced as deputy mayor by Karl Bandemer, who was a senior development officer with the alliance.

Urbahns “has been instrumental in several major economic development projects, downtown redevelopment and strategic planning while in his role with the city of Fort Wayne,” Becker said in a statement.