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City moves forward on projects, prepares for potential federal aid

Committee of expert practitioners named to create process efficiencies

City of Kansas City, Mo., City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen today outlined a strategy to move forward on City-funded infrastructure projects, while ensuring a list of projects is ready to take advantage of any federal stimulus package. Cauthen also created the Ad Hoc Committee for Federal Stimulus Package, which will work to streamline processes involved in starting work on approved and pending projects.

“The cities that are the most prepared and organized will have the best opportunity to receive the maximum amount of potential funds from a federal stimulus package,” Cauthen said. “At the same time, we must move forward on City-funded projects, which help keep our residents employed and businesses running. To accomplish this, we have to make it easier to get projects through the bid, selection and implementation process, which is what we are doing.”

As part of the dual-purpose strategy, the City will:

- Establish a working group of City staff and private sector organizations to streamline and recommend changes to the procurement process for City projects and contracts

- Implement sound fiscal tools and cash flow planning to expedite approved projects

- Ensure that the proposed list of federal stimulus package projects is achievable and sustainable within the designated time period.

The Ad Hoc Committee for Federal Stimulus Package is comprised of City staff and local labor and construction leaders who are familiar with the City’s construction processes and procedures. Their experience and knowledge will be invaluable in removing hurdles in the process. The committee includes:

- Ed DeSoignie, executive director, Heavy Constructors Association

- Bridgette Williams, president, Greater Kansas City AFL/CIO

- Don Greenwell, president, The Builders’ Association

- Ray Malone, chairman, Fairness in Construction Board

- Jeffrey Yates, chief financial officer, City of Kansas City, Mo.

- Galen Beaufort, city attorney, City of Kansas City, Mo.

- Ralph Davis, acting director, City of Kansas City, Mo., Capital Improvements Management Office

For more information, contact Greg Williams, City Manager’s Office, at (816) 513-1307.

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