Wichita City Council to tackle $10 million for Cessna and urge statewide transportation plan

It’s been months since city, county and business officials said the community would have to pony-up some cash to ensure Cessna builds its Columbus jet here in Wichita. Now the loan — or the city’s share of it, anyway — is on the table.

City Council members Tuesday are all but assured to approve their $5 million share of a $10 million city/county forgivable loan. The money will help the aircraft giant build new facilities to build the jet in. Cessna estimates the project will result in $800 million in capital investment and create 1,000 engineering, production and support jobs.

Also on tap Tuesday is a resolution urging the Kansas Legislature to add local projects to the transportation plan they debate in the 2009 session. On the list are:

I-235 interchanges at Kellogg and Central Kellogg construction NW Wichita (K-254) Bypass I-135 Interchange at 47th St. S. North Junction – K-96, I-254, I-135 Rail Corridor Master Plan/Construction I-235 Floodway Bridges Hoover/K-96 Interchange

For more, see the city council’s agenda in PDF format.