KC Mayor Criticizes Industrial Development Board Over Economic Development Plan

Kansas City Mayor Sly James | Photo from kcmayor.org
Sly James | Photo from kcmayor.org

Mayor Sly James criticized the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority for not signing a resolution supporting his plan to overhaul how the city runs its economic development programs. Advance KC, introduced in March, calls for the city’s development agencies to consolidate staff under the aegis of the Economic Development Corp. and coordinate a single point of entry for incentive requests. The City Council and other city development agencies have signed off on it. Industrial authority board members told James they were uncomfortable with the agency moving from its current offices in the City Market to join the rest of the agencies at the Economic Development Corp. office.

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