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Kansas City Chamber CEO confident new KCI would stimulate economic growth

Bill Grady
November 02, 2017 - 6:50 am
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Kansas City, MO - As a crucial vote on a new, single terminal plan for the Kansas City International Airport approaches, opponents claim there is no guarantee of a positive economic impact.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce CEO Joe Reardon disagrees.

The construction process itself would create thousands of jobs, Reardon said, and more employment would follow.

"It can't be underestimated," Reardon said, citing major employers like Cerner, Burns & McDonnell and Black & Veach, "As those companies grow they need to have better access through air service."

Kansas City Councilmember Alicia Canaday expects to see more building projects like the Cerner campus on Bannister Road, but she says the need for trained professionals will increase. 

"There's a shortage of available, skilled workforce in Kansas City," Canaday said. "Part of the community benefit agreement we're negotiating is for them to make a significant in workforce training programs."

If Kansas City voters do not approve the single terminal, millions of dollars would be required to modernize an aging asset, and the new debt would outlive KCI's useful life, Reardon said.

The election is Tuesday, November 7.

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