Tuesday, November 05, 2019
KANSAS CITY DOUBLE TAKE: LATEST COMPLAINT REVEALS CITY HALL HAS NEGLECTED NEW KCI CONSTRUCTION!!!
Complaints about hiring and equity have ensnared the construction of New KCI from the outset but one objection stands above the rest . . .
In a recent media blast from the KC Black Chamber, their testimony reveals a disturbing accusation . . .
CRITICS CLAIM CITY HALL HAS NEGLECTED TO ADEQUATELY MANAGE THE FIRST STAGE OF NEW KCI CONSTRUCTION!!!
Our blog community got a hold of the media guide that has way more information than most newsies shared in recent reports this week . . . Check the highlights:
- "Edgemoor (the developer) and the City, have engaged in conduct that is detrimental to local minority businesses and not in keeping with the promises both made to the community; explicitly relating to transformative jobs and contracting opportunities. Edgemoor’s conduct has been fueled and supported by; 1) the City Council’s misplaced priority in its “Developer Pledge,” 2) a misuse of the “construction material supplier” rules, and 3) inadequate oversight of the Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) budget plans and matters related thereto."
Here's the kicker and news that impacts the entire metro:
"Until five months ago, there had been zero oversight and accountability from City Hall, which allowed the proverbial fox to take up residence in the henhouse."
- "Edgemoor misrepresented its commitment to local M/WBE firms regarding the project participation. Based on the M/WBE budget documents approved by the City Council, M/WBE participation for the Airport Project is not 35% of $1.64 billion, but rather, 11%."
- "At the end of August, Edgemoor had expended more than $1 million on public relations and communications, yet was unable to connect with some of Kansas City’s most capable local MBE firms for engagement on the project. Instead, Edgemoor is focused on sending random, small business owners through its City‐funded training program."
Here's a financial break down that proves their point:
And so . . .
In addition to the complaints about inclusion, what we can garner from this media blast is that, just as we predicted, BUILDING NEW KCI HAS BEEN NEGLECTED and now confronts political push back from council members who won their elections and those special interests whom they represent.
Developing . . .