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Ignite Emporia seeking investment from Emporia City Commission Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The Emporia City Commission is considering a contribution to the Ignite Emporia program following discussions during their recent study session Tuesday morning.

According to Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce President Jeanine McKenna, in just the past 11 months since Ignite Emporia was announced, the program has gained an abundance of support from over 70 different contributors. Additionally, the program has raised $1.1 million of its $1.6 million goal and official meetings are expected to begin in January.

According to McKenna, a recent independent economic impact study revealed that once the program's strategies are implemented around $400 million will be brought back into the local community. She says because of this impact to both the city and Lyon County, it makes a lot of sense for the city and county to be involved with the program.

Emporia Mayor Jon Geitz made the suggestion Wednesday for the city to make a one-year contribution to the program. Over the span of that year, Geitz says they can evaluate the results of the program and then assess more long term involvement at that time.

Geitz says this is not due to a lack of faith in the program, but the city needs to have results when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars. Additionally, Geitz says the program's goals fit very well with the commission's own set of goals.


McKenna says the commission's approach is a very sensible one. 


A formal decision on a potential contribution from the city is expected to be made at a later date.

Several other discussions from Tuesday's session will possibly see approval during the commission's action session next week. This includes a contract with BG Consultants for a waterline project on 12th Ave. which will run from Grand Street to Constitution.

Additionally, members of the Emporia Friends of the Zoo discussed a bid entry for construction on the Zoo's entry and waterfowl pond exhibit. A review for an ordinance and update to the city's water conservation plan and the vacation of two county roads, Road K and Road 120, could also gain approval next week following discussions Tuesday.

The Emporia City Commission will meet next Wednesday at 1:30 pm inside the Municipal Courtroom at White Auditorium.

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