RESOLUTION NO. 100028
City Council joins with civic groups in Kansas City to support a common
economic development agenda during the Missouri General Assembly’s 2010
WHEREAS, meetings have been occurring over the past two months among
civic groups including the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the
Downtown Council, the Economic Development Corporation, and representatives of
the City; and
WHEREAS, these organizations and others have agreed to support common
economic development goals for the City and region; and
WHEREAS, this consensus agenda to promote economic development states, “The
continued economic competitiveness and vitality of the Kansas City region are
dependent on the State of Missouri having an economic development strategy that
focuses on high-growth industries of the 21st Century; fosters the creation,
attraction, and retention of high-quality jobs; and establishes a business
environment where companies – and employees – want to be located;” NOW,
BE IT RESOLVED
BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
That the City joins the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the
Downtown Council, the Economic Development Corporation and other civic
organizations in supporting the following proposals to promote regional
Retaining existing state economic development incentives and
programs – including MODESA, state TIFs, tax credits, and other programs – that
benefit Kansas City area projects.
Developing new economic development tools that help level the
playing field with competing states and give Missouri – and the Kansas City
region – a competitive edge in growing, attracting and retaining development
that provides jobs and contributes to a high quality of life now and in the
Reducing the eligibility threshold in Missouri’s Quality Jobs Act
for job retention projects.
Developing innovative tools to grow and support science and
technology industries, such as the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment
Act and the Missouri Jobs for the Future Act.
Improving access and lowering the cost of child care for
Passing the Port Authority Act to allow for environmental
remediation at Port Authority sites throughout Missouri.
Adopting new mechanisms to promote development of the Vine Street
District and similar distressed districts throughout Missouri.
Fully funding the First Quartile Kansas City projects listed in
the Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight report: $5
million for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority; $10 million for East Village infrastructure; $6.75 million for Oxford on the Blue; and $2.8 million for the Metropolitan Community College’s Homeland Security Regional Training Institute.