It’s been a nuisance for Kansas City Council aides in recent days: fielding inquiries from Kansas Citians getting phone calls from a Jefferson City number saying that Edgemoor isn’t the right company to develop a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport.
They’re the type of calls normally associated with politics, but the process of choosing a municipal vendor was never supposed to be a political campaign.
Last year Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate was chosen from among a field of four vying for the $1 billion contract to finance and develop the terminal project.
AECOM was the runner-up bidder to Edgemoor. It has since announced it has teamed up with Burns & McDonnell, which was disqualified from the process.
Exactly who is behind these calls remains unclear. A call back to the number provided by one source goes straight to a recording that says phone calls coming from the number isn’t trying to sell anything, but is instead a political message.
A Burns & McDonnell spokeswoman said the firm was not involved in the calls. An AECOM spokesman did not return a message seeking comment.
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