This is just sad.
Instead of representing the voters and taxpayers of Kansas City. Mayor Q is pushing a company line and serving to promote blatant propaganda.
A real leader would be busy finding companies to use empty office space, focus on new biz and even promote job placement and retraining for workers soon to be getting the ax.
Instead, an increasingly worthless elected official is denying the reality and reputation of one of the most ruthless tech players in the industry.
A quote for edification . . .
After speaking with executives at Cerner Corp. on Monday, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said he’s bullish on the company’s future in Kansas City following its acquisition by global software firm Oracle.
The mayor spoke with Cerner CEO David Feinberg and Bill Zollars, chairman of the Cerner board, hours after the merger was announced.
“I have optimism,” he said after the call. “I leave today with excitement, rather than grave concern.”
Oracle on Monday announced it would acquire Cerner in an all-cash deal valued at $28.3 billion. In Kansas City, the news raised questions about the future of Cerner. Three founders began the firm in 1979, and it’s since grown into a global health care IT firm and the largest private employer in the Kansas City area.
While mergers often result in job cuts as companies look to realize cost savings, Lucas said the merger may bring new job growth to Kansas City. He said Cerner’s talent in Kansas City will play a central role as Oracle looks to build out a larger health care division within its business.
“Anytime you see change there are reasons to ask questions,” the mayor said. “At least thus far, I am excited about what I’ve heard from Oracle. I am excited about my conversation with Mr Feinberg.”
The mayor said he’s hopeful that the news could portend “a new day, a shining day for Kansas City’s future.”
Oracle hasn’t said what it plans for Cerner’s global workforce of some 28,000. In its news release, the firm said it “intends to maintain and grow Cerner’s community presence, including in the Kansas City area.” Cerner currently employs about 13,000 people locally.
Lucas said he will push Oracle to grow its workforce in Kansas City. He noted that the tech giant recently moved from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas, which he noted is a much more expensive city than Kansas City.
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After speaking with executives at Cerner Corp. on Monday, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said he's bullish on the company's future in Kansas City following its acquisition by global software firm Oracle. The mayor spoke with Cerner CEO David Feinberg and Bill Zollars, chairman of the Cerner board, hours after the merger was announced.
A better resources . . .
Kansas City's largest private employer already had several properties facing uncertain futures amid its transition to a hybrid workforce. And that was before news broke Thursday evening that Cerner Corp. was in talks to become Oracle Corp.'s largest acquisition to date.
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