GFW CEO accused of conflict of interest over Electric Works project

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne City Council member says there’s a possible conflict of interest between the developers of a big downtown project and Greater Fort Wayne Incorporated.

Councilman Jason Arp brought up questions during last night’s meeting surrounding the economic development group’s CEO, Eric Doden, and his father. It turns out that Daryle Doden owns Ambassador Enterprises and has a financial interest in the Electric Works development.

The Journal Gazette reports that Arp pointed out that it would seem improper if a Council member had a parent involved in such a way, and he floated the idea of Eric Doden recusing himself from any further involvements in the project.

GFW board chairman Andrew Thomas dismissed it, saying there’s no deal yet between the project and Ambassador, and called it “(putting) the cart way before the horse.”

An RTM Ventures attorney confirmed that Ambassador Enterprises is a lender for the project, but added that Eric Doden had no control or ownership stake in the company.

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