Governor wants $1M for Project 17

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April 14, 2012 - 12:00 AM

The ante was upped for Project 17 when the state’s top commerce official announced Friday Gov. Sam Brownback’s plans to funnel another $500,000 of state funds to the 17-county revitalization effort. 

Already writing a one-year, $500,000 appropriation for the project into his proposed budget, Brownback now sees the need for a two-year investment, said Pat George, Kansas Secretary of Commerce.

The news came as state officials, city and community leaders and the Project 17’s 16 executive steering committee members gathered at St. John’s Parish Hall for the Southeast Kansas Project 17 Spring Summit. About 220 attended the meeting, a regional briefing on progress made by the committee since its conception at the Together We Succeed: Southeast Kansas Economic Summit last November.

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