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CONTACT: Jackie Burton, Aide to Councilman Skaggs, 816-513-6505

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2011

Councilman Skaggs comments on Plaza development

The following statement has been released by the Office of Kansas City, Mo., Councilman Bill Skaggs.

Over the past several weeks, media attention has been rightly focused on the use of taxpayer dollars to lure large employers out of Kansas City, Mo. Given the attractive incentives offered by other municipalities within the greater Kansas City region, the City of Kansas City, Mo., needs to make increased efforts to encourage and embrace private employers who are willing to use their own money to finance new projects and to create and maintain jobs within Kansas City, Mo. Proposals that promise to invest substantially in the City without expecting or requesting development incentives in return should be carefully and thoughtfully considered by the City of Kansas City, Mo. In short, Kansas City desperately needs to keep its options open in order to retain and attract employers without making taxpayers always foot the bill.

As a result, City Councilman Bill Skaggs urges Highwoods Properties to bring forward to the City Council immediately its proposed plans to construct an office building on the site of the current Neptune Apartments. This proposal does not request any taxpayer-financed development incentives, will create new construction jobs and help maintain existing jobs within the City, conforms to the 1989 Plaza Plan design guidelines, and will help truly “save the Plaza,” by bringing more people to work, shop and dine in the heart of the City of Kansas City, Mo.

Councilman Skaggs is planning on bringing this issue up to the Planning and Zoning Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Jackie Burton, aide to Councilman Skaggs, 816-513-6505.

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