Government Affairs

2022 KCMO Consensus Agenda on Economic Development

MISSOURI PRIORITIES

Transportation + Infrastructure Funding  

Support both traditional and innovative ways to fund transportation and infrastructure throughout Missouri and the KC region. This includes support of expanded broadband access. We support a significant portion of American Rescue Plan dollars to be used to fund infrastructure.  

Enabling “Sidelined Workers” 

As a means of supporting companies and also sidelined workers’ ability to enter/re-enter the workforce to help grow the economy, we support measures such as training, re-skilling, implementing Medicaid expansion, second chance hiring initiatives, public transportation, and addressing the affordability of both childcare and early childhood education.

Funding Entrepreneurship 

We support additional funding and regulatory reforms for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, specifically for under-emphasized areas and populations. This includes retaining ongoing appropriations for LaunchKC, increasing funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation, and supporting the Keystone Innovation District and other entities that enable local entrepreneurs. 

Opposing Discriminatory Legislation  

We oppose discriminatory legislation, which would detrimentally impact economic development and Missouri’s ability to attract sporting events and conventions. We support legislation like the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act to create a more equitable Missouri.

Support for Housing 

Support state action and funding to assist with the development of affordable housing and transitional housing for individuals and families in need. Retaining and growing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is vital to this endeavor.

Taxes & Economic Development Tools 

Support local decision making for both incentive programs and taxes levied at the local level, as well as continued state funding for assets in Kansas City which provide economic benefit to the state of Missouri. We support the creation or modification of economic development tools which help Missouri’s competitiveness. This includes retaining Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and also revising the state’s Historic Tax Credit scoring formula, which currently disadvantages Kansas City.

Missouri Works Wage Thresholds 

We support re-evaluating wage thresholds for state incentives to be more conducive to growing entry level employment and jobs with a self-sustaining wage. We support coupling thresholds with NAICS codes to enable competitiveness in growing a more diverse industry base.

Support for K-12 Public Schools & Higher Education 

We support accountable public school education systems, and area school boards and their right to local control. We oppose efforts to divert state or federal funds meant for public schools. We recognize the strong link between quality public education and a diverse and world class workforce.

Opposing Video Lottery Terminals 

To protect jobs and local revenue, we oppose the passage of any legislation that permits the placement of Video Lottery Terminals outside of casinos. 

FEDERAL PRIORITIES

Transportation + Infrastructure Funding  

Support both traditional and innovative ways to fund transportation, infrastructure, and flood control throughout Missouri and the KC region. This includes support of expanded broadband access.

Federal Jobs in KC

Recognizing Kansas City as an ideal location for government operations, we support the addition of federal jobs in Kansas City. 

Support for Housing 

Support state action and funding to assist with the development of affordable housing and transitional housing for individuals and families in need. Retaining and growing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is vital to this endeavor.

2022 Consensus Agenda PARTNERS

  • City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
  • Platte County Economic Development Council
  • Kansas City Industrial Council
  • Visit KC
  • Downtown Council
  • Evergy
  • Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
  • Full Employment Council
  • PortKC
  • South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • Clay County EDC
  • Dodson Industrial Association
  • Blue Valley Industrial Association
  • Northeast Industrial Association
  • Historic West Bottoms
  • Spire
  • Swope Industrial Association

Legislative Committee

EDC Representatives

  • Bridgette Williams – EDC Board Chair + Heavy Constructors Association
  • Dr. Makini King – EDC Board Legislative Chair + UMKC
  • Heather Brown – EDC President & CEO
  • Jim Erickson – EDC Government Affairs Officer

Partner Organizations

  • Tammy Henderson –EDC Board or Directors
  • McClain Bryant-Macklin – EDC Board of Directors
  • AJ Herrmann – KCMO - Office of the Mayor (Director of Policy)
  • Lee Barnes – KCMO City Council (NPD Committee Chair + EDC Board)
  • Kevin McManus – KCMO City Council (Chair of City Council Legal Review Committee)
  • Salvatore Panettiere – City’s State Lobbyist
  • Matt Roney –City’s Federal Lobbyist
  • Doug Stone – Lewis Rice & MEDFA
  • Teresa Martinez – VisitKC
  • Theresa Garza – Spire Energy
  • Zac Sweets – Evergy
  • Vickie Wolgast – South KC Chamber
  • John Jenks - KC Chamber of Commerce
  • Pat Contreras - KC Chamber’s KCMO Committee Chair & McCown Gordon
  • Mark Coulter - PortKC
  • Bill Deitrich - Downtown Council
  • Terri Barr – KCATA
  • DJ Pierre – Spencer Fane & CCED
  • Dr. Melissa Hazley – UMKC & CCED
  • Clyde McQueen – Full Employment Council
  • Troy Lillebo – UMKC
  • Jenny Johnston – Northland Chamber
  • Tashayla Person – KC Civic Council
  • David Slater – Clay County EDC
  • Abbey Brightwell-Gray – Platte County EDC
  • Brian Bear – Spencer Fane

Upcoming Events

Tue 24

LCRA Board meeting

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kansas City MO 64105