Chief Economic Development Officer
Ellen Cutter joined Greater Fort Wayne Inc. in October 2016. As chief economic development officer, she manages business retention, business attraction, downtown development, and workforce development activities.
A Chicago-area native, Ellen is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, and she earned her Master of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech, with a focus on economic development and land use. She is an AICP-certified urban planner.
She previously served for three years as director of the Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne. During that time, she collaborated with GFW Inc. on the Northeast Indiana Target Industries report and as the project manager of the “Road to One Million Plan” for the IEDC Regional Cities program, which secured $42 million for quality of place projects. Prior to working locally, Ellen served as principal and director of research for Market Street Services, a community and economic development consulting firm based in Atlanta. Her eight-year tenure included strategic planning and technical assistance in more than 20 states and dozens of communities ranging from Des Moines, Iowa, to Austin, Texas, and the State of West Virginia.
Ellen serves on the board for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood Association, and American Planning Association. She and her husband, Weston, have three daughters.