Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor David Toland are urging swift action to pass an economic development bill that could help Kansas land the biggest private sector investment in the state’s history. The project would bring 4,000 new jobs to Kansas and inject $4 billion in business investment into the Kansas economy. The legislation known as Attracting Powerful Economic Expansion Act (APEX), continues to receive wide range of bipartisan support by business and community leaders across the state.
Here’s what they’re saying:
Greg Kindle, President, Wyandotte Economic Development Council: “Passing the APEX bill will help Kansas land the biggest private sector investment in the State’s history. I support this bill because it could push us over the finish line, and position Kansas to be more competitive for these high-tech investments which will increase tax revenues, encourage our kids to enter into these careers, and keep Kansas talent her in our state. We need this passed now. We cannot miss out on this historic opportunity.”
Joann Knight, Economic Development Director, Dodge City: “As the Economic Development Director of Dodge City, I recognize the importance of being able to compete on mega-projects in the State of Kansas. Not only will this opportunity create thousands of new jobs for Kansans, but it will also make us an economic powerhouse that will draw in national attention and make Kansas a top-level workforce competitor. I support the movement to pass the APEX bill and bring Kansas to a level that we can compete.”
Steve Kelly, Vice President of Economic Development, the Chamber of Lawrence Kansas: “Passing the APEX bill could help Kansas land the largest private sector investment in the state’s history and generate thousands of jobs. I urge those involved to work together to get this legislation over the finish line because it positions Kansas to be nationally and even globally competitive.”
Blake Benson, President, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce: “The APEX bill could help Kansas land the largest private investment sector ever in our state’s economy. It would also help Kansas be more competitive with other states that are using similar measures to improve their state’s economy. We can’t pass up this historic opportunity. We should pass the APEX bill now.”
Debra Tuefel, President, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce: “The APEX bill could help Kansas land the largest private sector investment in our state’s history. We need this tool for Kansas to be competitive. We cannot miss out on this historic opportunity. I urge you to pass the APEX bill now, to send a message to young Kansans and the industry that Kansas is open for business for the future.”
Tim Cowden, President, Kansas City Area Development Council: “I implore the Kansas legislature to pass APEX mega-project incentives legislation. For Kansas and Kansas City to truly reach our potential we’ve got to have this. So, think about it, think about it hard. We appreciate your consideration in passage.”
David Toland, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce: “We are a finalist for what would be the largest private sector investment in our state’s history. This is a very big deal. Kansas must land this opportunity and let me tell you why. This company will invest $4 billion in Kansas. That’s $4 billion… billion with a ‘B’ injected back into our economy. This will create four thousand good paying Kansas jobs.”
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