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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 16, 2005

Update on City initiatives now available online

The latest in a series of reports designed to inform citizens of progress with the City’s Capital Improvements Management Office has been issued and is now available online.

The report, which can be downloaded from CIMO’s Web page (www.kcmo.org/cimo), examines tactics and progress in delivering an unprecedented level of projects, discusses upcoming challenges and risks in building a sustainable organization to improve capital delivery, and provides an update of projects by City Council district.

CIMO was established in January 2004 to streamline the City’s capital project delivery system and to expedite a number of projects previously stalled due to various reasons. In the first six months of 2005, CIMO was able to execute more than $96 million in contracts, exceeding the $91 million in contracts issued for the entire year of 2004.

The dedication of CIMO to transparency also has been brought fully to light through its public access link at www.kcmo.org/cimo.nsf/web/public. The interactive database allows easy access to updated information on more than 300 CIMO projects through an interface that allows projects to be found by project number, address or on an informative map.

“The system for delivering capital projects in Kansas City has evolved substantially over the past year and a half,” said Michael McClure, director of CIMO. “Because of the direct impact on the community as we work to reduce the backlog and ultimately put more work out on the street, we remain committed to keeping the public fully informed of our efforts. Through the City’s Web site at www.kcmo.org, we have provided our citizens an opportunity to engage at all levels of the capital improvement process.”

    
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