Whilst Kansas City elected leaders pretend to care about social justice or the historic homicide count, the REAL debate in Kansas City concerns an EPIC contract worth a vast fortune.
Here's the fun part and possibly a sign of progress . . .
DEBATE OVER THE CONTROVERSIAL NEW KCI PAVING CONTRACT FEATURES TWO POWERFUL WOMEN ENGAGED IN A BATTLE ROYALE OVER 80 MILLION BUCKS!!!
The background . . .
FIRST ON TKC . . . The public portion of this conversation started on Sunday with an EPIC FIRST STRIKE from The Heavies along with union and urban leaders.
And then . . .
Concern over bid-rigging risk and council involvement moved the fight forward.
Follow-up reporting noted a press conference focused on minority hiring but didn't really scratch the surface of the debate.
Whilst TKC won't pretend to understand he intricacies of modern airport construction, what's clear is that two leaders have emerged from this argument . . .
Bridgette Williams the first African American & first woman executive director of Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City. She is also a ranking union leader and longtime local power player.
Again, her letter began started the public portion of this debate regarding a paving contract worth 80 MILLION bucks.
Among her many valuable connections in KC, Ms. Williams has a close relationship with council lady Katheryn Shields who is one of the strongest forces on the council.
On the other side of the equation, Lisa Garney is a newer local biz lady power player. However, one of her companies, G2, serves as the leading Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) contractor with ESCO - The winning side of the big money bid.
Behind the scenes, it makes sense that New KCI developer Edgemoor wants to avoid union beef and the negative press that comes with this public debate. The council is set to continue this conversation in closed session and, whilst unlikely, a rebid isn't out of the question along with the risk of sketchy intervention from city hall departments and/or a ruling from AVIATION that could make this hot mess even worse -- However, if that happens look for lawsuits to start flying more frequently than all of the planes that coronavirus grounded at the current airport.
In conclusion and because we're optimists at heart . . . We offer a bright side . . .
WOMEN LEADING THIS EPIC NEW KCI DEBATE SIGNALS KANSAS CITY PROGRESS EVEN IF FIGHTING OVER CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AND MONEY IS A LONGSTANDING LOCAL TRADITION!!!
At the very least, we offer our respect to both of these power player ladies engaged in a struggle over MILLIONS OF DOLLARS whilst the rest of this town and the nation are unemployed, in fear of worsening coronavirus and distracted by petty culture war election year politics playing out on
Developing . . .