Topeka approves funding for downtown innovation campus

Funding was approved at Wednesday night's Joint Economic Development Organization meeting for a new innovation campus in downtown Topeka.

Funding has been set aside for a local innovation campus that is considered integral in advancing Topeka’s partnership with Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play.

At Wednesday night’s meeting of Topeka and Shawnee County’s Joint Economic Development Organization, board members voted to approve up to $5.871 million in funding to build a state-of-the-art innovation campus near downtown Topeka.

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“It’s a big ask, but it’s a phenomenal situation that we’re in,” said Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, who added approval of the funding is “historic.”

“Mark this day in your calendar, and 10 years from now, let’s take a look at what’s happening,” she said, “because I think this could be transformational. This is the type of investment that our community is worthy of.”