CDB: Headline: Detroit city airport a contender for Toyota-backed air taxi maker’s new plant
State and local economic development officials are working to land a Toyota-backed aviation company at Detroit city airport for a project that could bring a $500 million investment and up to 2,000 jobs, Crain’s has learned. . . . Michigan is competing with several other states for the project, and a decision is expected by June, the sources said. Mayor Mike Duggan is among those leading the charge on the deal, which also has incentives support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the sources said. . . . Duggan has pushed for years to redevelop the airport, which has bled money and has lacked commercial airline service for more than two decades. The Federal Aviation Administration’s approval in October of a new layout plan that would decommission the Crosswinds Runway opened up 80 acres for “airport-related development,” the city said at the time. The city administration declined to comment for this report. “I don’t have any information on city airport,” John Roach, media relations director for the city, said in a text message. . . . “It would be premature to discuss any projects that may or may not go before any future (Michigan Strategic Fund) board meetings,” MEDC spokesman Otie McKinley said. . . . Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson, who also has pushed for the redevelopment of the airport in his district, said he would welcome the manufacturing plant or any project that generated jobs. “It sounds like the administration is doing what they said they’re going to do,” he said.