FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – “The vision that was birthed nearly a year-and-a half ago, it’s finally starting to come to fruition.”
In a gathering on Fort Wayne’s southeast side Friday morning, City Councilwoman Sharon Tucker announced her new program, Project Activate Southeast (P.A.S.E) Fort Wayne, which will aim to break down barriers that are slowing development in the area.
After winning the 6th District seat, Tucker said her goal was to bring development, access, and opportunity to the area she represents. Tucker said she’s spent time driving around the city’s southeast side to find out how to answer the outcry of services needed, and how to bring positive development to the area.
“The question that came to me was, ‘What is the challenge? What is the struggle that we see?’” Councilwoman Tucker said. “Most of the time, young entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs that are looking to change and move new locations don’t have access. Access is the key word for the southeast. There is lack of access to the quality funds to the services that they need, and the ability to afford those services, because of the lack of access, we tend to see a lack of development.”
Tucker said P.A.S.E is designed to change that.
P.A.S.E is a pitch competition that will allow qualified entrepreneurs to showcase their business plans for local judges. The program also offers workshops and training preparation.
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