Governors from both Kansas and Missouri, along with State and local elected officials from both sides of the State line, gathered at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas to celebrate the signing of a historic agreement to put a stop to the so called “border war” over economic development business attraction policies that have lured jobs back and forth along the Kansas and Missouri borders for the past decade.
These incentives, which are reported to have only generated 1,200 new jobs for the region over the past 10 years, has cost taxpayers in Kansas and Missouri over $300 million.
All incentive programs available to businesses in the region will not go away, with incentives still available for net new jobs brought to the region. Incentives offered by individual communities are not impacted by this agreement, but there was strong encouragement by both governors that cities not use local incentives to attract business from neighboring communities.
The tone set by the governors today was to work together to bring growth to our region, and invest in programs that help make our region more attractive for organic growth, as well as working together to retain the businesses that are already here.
Governor Parson of Missouri, joined on the stage in signing this agreement with Governor Kelly of Kansas, encouraged legislators across the nation to work across the aisles, Republicans and Democrats, to do what’s best for our states and our country.
Attending this historic event were Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn,
Leawood Ward 3 Councilman Chuck Sipple, and Leawood Chamber & Economic
Development Council President & CEO, Kevin Jeffries.