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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

City, county leaders to hear update on Heartland Preparedness Center

BY RICK PLUMLEE
The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA — A joint meeting of the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission will be held this morning at City Hall so the two governing bodies can be updated on the Heartland Preparedness Center.

Ground-breaking for the center, which will be located on 45 acres at I-135 and K-96, is set for Nov. 16.

Heartland is a $101 million project that combines several military and law enforcement training centers. It draws on city, county, state and federal funding.

The city and county are scheduled to split evenly $33.4 million of the cost. Of that, $3.86 million was committed in May for infrastructure work in the area.

The federal part is supposed to be $68 million, although that funding is awaiting approval of the defense department's 2011 budget. The money is for the Kansas Army National Guard's part in the facility _ $42.8 for its training facility and $24.9 million for a maintenance shop.

Completion of the center is scheduled for 2015.

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