Kansas Responds to Missouri Legislation to End Business Incentives For Relocations Within Kansas City Area

With the clock ticking down on Missouri’s proposal to ban economic development incentives for cross border relocations in the Kansas City region, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has finally responded with a legislative proposal to do the same.

Kansas Statehouse

Kansas Statehouse (photo – Crazy Fred ET/wikimedia)

Back in 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill (SB 635) that aims to ban Missouri economic development incentives for “line jumpers” – businesses that relocate from certain counties in Kansas to certain counties in Missouri without creating any new jobs.

The law only comes into effect provided that the Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development certifies (before Aug 28, 2016) that Kansas has passed similar legislation or issued an executive order with a similar prohibition on incentives for businesses to relocate from such Missouri counties to such Kansas counties.

A Hall Family Foundation study had found that the two states had together handed out $212 million in economic development incentives simply to move jobs both ways across the state line. Kansas spent $140 million under the Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK) program, while Missouri spent $72 million under the Missouri Works program.

Kansas lawmakers, however, have been silent on this issue until now. But Gov. Brownback has now put forward a proposal that would ban Kansas economic development incentives under the PEAK program for companies relocating across the state line from Missouri without creating any net new jobs for the Kansas City region.

The proposal provides exemptions to enable the state to offer incentives for companies that do create net new jobs while moving, and make investments of at least $10 million. The Kansas proposal will still need to be taken up by the State Legislature, and it may also require more changes to Missouri’s law on this issue in order for both sets of laws to function effectively for the region as a whole.

But the reaction in Kansas City is already optimistic. Kansas City Mayor James Sly issued a statement in which he notes that “Moving jobs across state lines isn’t economic development. It’s score keeping, and we can do better than that. I’m glad Gov. Brownback has decided to be more strategic in his economic development policy.”

Mayor Sly adds that “A bi-state group of elected officials and staff have been working for a year and a half to find a way to truly add jobs to the region. Today we’re seeing a step in the right direction. I look forward to working with the Missouri General Assembly and Gov. Nixon to keep the conversation moving.”

Israeli Genomics Company NRGene Selects St. Louis, Missouri for US Headquarters

Ness Ziona, Israel-based genomic big data company NRGene has announced the selection of St. Louis, MO as the location of its U.S. headquarters.

NRGene St. Louis BioSTL

NRGene St. Louis BioSTL (photo – biostl.org)

The company’s plans are supported by Missouri economic development incentives facilitated by the Missouri Partnership, and St. Louis secured the project in large part because of GlobalSTL, an initiative of BioSTL focused on attracting high-growth international companies to St. Louis.

Gil Ronen, CEO of NRGene, said in a statement that “Our strong partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center brought us to St. Louis, and GlobalSTL convinced us to stay.” Ronen also noted that Missouri as the heartland of American agriculture is the natural U.S. home for NRGene.

The GlobalSTL team first met NRGene executives in Israel in April last year on a trip that brought together representatives from Monsanto, KWS, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. After that initial meeting, GlobalSTL followed up by hosting NRGene in St. Louis, introducing them to potential local corporate partners and customers, St. Louis’ innovation districts, and to state agencies to aid in relocation incentives.

Governor Jay Nixon then met personally with NRGene executives in Tel Aviv to reinforce the message of Missouri’s commitment to NRGene’s success. This was during a trade mission to Israel just two weeks before the company announced plans to establish its U.S. headquarters in St. Louis.

The Governor said in a statement that “I’m very pleased that our bipartisan trade delegation to Israel has already yielded concrete benefits for our state, and look forward to making more good news in the weeks and months to come.”

This is the fourth Israeli company recently recruited to St. Louis with the help of the Missouri Partnership and BioSTL’s Global STL initiative, following the prior recruitment of Kaiima Agro-Biotech, Evogene, and Forrest Innovations.

Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL, added that “With each successful recruitment, we are building a cluster of world-class agritech companies that bring with them technology and talent that enrich the St. Louis ecosystem.”

NRGene will establish its initial St. Louis location with six employees at CIC@CET in the Cortex Innovation Community. Cortex was founded as a collaborative project between several universities in the region in collaboration with BJC Healthcare and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Cortex District is now home to hundreds of software, consumer product and bioscience technology firms including corporate giants such as DuPont and Boeing, as well as high-growth startups such as CoFactor Genomics, Pushup Social, and now NRGene.

NGA Selects St. Louis, Missouri as Preferred Site For $1.75B Headquarters For 3,100 Employees

Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has called St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to announce the selection of St. Louis, MO as the agency’s preferred alternative (APA) for their new $1.75 NGA West regional headquarters.

NGA West headquarters St. Louis, MO

NGA West headquarters St. Louis, MO (photo -stlouis-mo.gov)

This is by far the most important St. Louis and Missouri economic development project currently in the works, brought to fruition by a partnership of state, local, regional and federal organizations, elected officials and other stakeholders.

Cardillo said in a statement announcing the decision that “The St. Louis City site provides NGA with the most technological, academic and professional environment for this agency to develop the capabilities and solutions necessary to solve the hardest intelligence and national security problems entrusted to us by the American people.”

The NGA site selection process began in 2012 when the agency announced plans to move from its current location in St. Louis at 3200 South 2nd Street and Arsenal Street. The process was narrowed down to four sites – three in Missouri and one in Illinois. It ultimately came down to the City of St. Louis site and the St. Clair, IL site adjacent to Scott AFB.

The City of St. Louis location that the NGA has chosen as its APA is a 99-acre urban site at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Cass Avenues, offered to the NGA at no cost. The NGA is expected to begin building a $1.75 billion facility in 2017 at this location to move its 3,100 employees. The proposed NGA site is located within a federally-designated Promise Zone and Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative.

Reactions to the NGA West site selection decision in favor of St. Louis:

Governor Jay Nixon – “The NGA’s decision is a testament to the city’s innovative workforce and infrastructure, and the tireless leadership of Mayor Slay, our entire congressional delegation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the many other business and civic leaders who were involved in this effort.  I also want to thank members of the Missouri General Assembly for passing legislation last year to support the development of the north St. Louis site and pave the way for this transformational investment in the region’s future.”

Mayor Francis Slay – “The NGA has called St. Louis home for the past 72 years, and I am thrilled that Director Cardillo has indicated that the Agency and its 3,100 employees very likely will continue to do so well into the future.”

U.S. Senator for Missouri Claire McCaskill – “This is great news for the skilled and dedicated workforce at NGA, and for the entire St. Louis region-where it’ll be a boon to a community that’s already making enormous economic strides with a number of urban revitalization programs.”

U.S. Senator for Missouri Roy Blunt – “I’m glad the NGA recognized North St. Louis as the best location for the new west headquarters, and I look forward to continuing to work with the agency as the project moves forward. The leadership of Mayor Slay, Senator McCaskill, Congressman Clay, and leaders in Jefferson City has been essential and united. Our continued support during the comment period will be important.”

The APA is part of the National Environmental Policy Act process, and is not the final decision. A comment period (April 1-16) will allow for additional public input before the signing of the final Record of Decision, expected to be complete by early June 2016.

After MO and IL Meetings, NGA West Headquarters Relocation Focus on Free Land, Transit Connections

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) is currently in the final stages of its site selection process for the relocation of its regional headquarters currently located in St. Louis, MO.

NGA West headquarters St. Louis, MO

NGA West headquarters St. Louis, MO (photo -stlouis-mo.gov)

A visit by NGA Director Robert Cardillo to meet with competing groups of state and local officials in Missouri and Illinois has resulted in a last minute change in the St. Louis, MO proposal to include free land for the new NGA West headquarters.

The meeting in Illinois was hosted as a private briefing for top NGA officials by U.S. Senator for Illinois Mark Kirk. One of the highlights of the Illinois proposal is the promise of a free 182-acre site for the NGA West headquarters.

The St. Clair, IL site adjacent to Scott AFB is currently owned by the county, which has already committed to make it available to the NGA immediately at no cost, and thrown in the promise of additional free land for future expansions.

During a private meeting in St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s office, NGA Director Robert Cardillo was told that St. Louis is also now offering the 99-acre site in their proposal to the NGA for free.

Gov. Nixon said in a statement that this announcement further strengthens the City’s proposal and makes the NGA’s choice even clearer. “St. Louis is where the NGA has made its home for more than 70 years, and St. Louis is far and away the best place for the NGA to build a brighter, more secure future,” said Gov. Nixon.

The project is of immense importance to both states, considering that it means a new $1.75 billion government agency headquarters, and the 3,100 high-value government jobs with it. Mayor Slay noted that “We know that a new NGA facility in North St. Louis will catalyze an entire community.”

Apart from free land, both states are offering a large package of incentives and the promise of infrastructure support for the headquarters construction and operations. Missouri economic development incentives on the table for the project include up to $95 million in Tax Incremental Financing and approximately $36 million in Brownfield Tax Credits, should the St. Louis Development Corporation be successful in its efforts to retain the NGA West headquarters.

St. Louis economic development incentives for the project now include up to a $1.5 million annually for up to 30 years. This covers the cost of site acquisition, site preparation, and utility relocation and improvements, as well as a full highway interchange and road enhancements, plus the newly added cost of providing the land to the NGA for free.

Additionally, the City of St. Louis said in a release that it is working with Metro to adjust its current and planned rail and bus networks to connect NGA to the transit system as strongly as possible. Illinois has likewise pitched the NGA up to $115 million for road and infrastructure improvements, and a $5 million grant for extending light rail all the way to the NGA site adjacent to Scott AFB.

The NGA was supposed to announce its final location decision for the new NGA headquarters this month, but the announcement date has now been pushed back to April 1.

St. Louis, MO Secures MMPEC Support For NGA West Headquarters Relocation

The City of St. Louis, MO is rounding up a lot of state and federal support for its bid to retain the western headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The latest to support St. Louis in this project is the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (MMPEC), which has unanimously passed a resolution supporting the City of St. Louis as the best location to meet the NGA’s mission.

NGA West headquarters St. Louis, MO

NGA West headquarters St. Louis, MO (photo -stlouis-mo.gov)

The NGA’s Western headquarters, known as NGA West, is currently located in St. Louis. The federal agency is currently in the final stages of a site selection process to relocate this headquarters, with four locations as finalists, including one in North St. Louis City, two in South St. Louis County, and one in southern Illinois, near Scott Air Force Base.

Whichever site secures this project will get the NGA West headquarters and its 3,100 employees. The average salary for these jobs at NGA is $75,000.

Direct jobs apart, the agency’s impact on St. Louis economic development is considerable. The NGA is planning a new $1.6 billion high-tech headquarters for its western operations and workforce. The development also is expected to create thousands of construction jobs in an area that has seen decades of private disinvestment.

The NGA already generates $2.4 million in revenue for the City of St. Louis through earnings tax, and its employees also pay nearly $8 million in state withholding taxes every year. The City and state will lose all this if NGA moves to Illinois.

In a statement announcing their support for the North St. Louis site, MMPEC Chair Mike Dunbar of Waynesville said that “The City of St. Louis location is superior in nearly every way. Most importantly, it is the best location to help the NGA with its military and national security mission, which is why we stand strongly in support of its selection as the Agency’s next western headquarters.”

MMPEC cited the following factors that led it to express support for keeping the NGA West headquarters in St. Louis:

– proximity to Lambert Airport and NGA’s Arnold, Missouri facilities;

– close proximity to national leading educational, technology, and healthcare institutions;

– best commute time for NGA’s existing workforce;

– ability to recruit and retain its future workforce; and

– ability for NGA to achieve its self-declared vision to leverage the benefits of the public domain and open source, leading-edge technology.

In addition to the MMPEC, the city of St. Louis has also received critical support for the project from the state. Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 514 last year to provide additional capacity in the State Supplemental Tax Increment Financing program that will now be able to provide incentives for the NGA headquarters project.  The Missouri Senate has also passed a resolution of support for North St. Louis City as the best location for the NGA.

Earlier this month, Mayor Francis Slay delivered the final briefing book detailing the City’s proposal in-person to federal and state leaders in personal meetings in Washington, D.C. and Jefferson City, MO.

The final edition briefing book includes a well-connected, 99-acre urban site at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Cass Avenues. The City is also making available a new video that highlights how St. Louis can help the NGA meet its mission.

Mayor Slay said in a statement that “The City has been the home of the NGA for over 70 years, and we are committed to keeping the 3,100 jobs here in St. Louis while creating thousands of new construction jobs and catalyzing development in North St. Louis in the process.”

The NGA is expected to complete the site selection process in late March and name its preferred site at that time.

Cortex Innovation Community Attracts AAI-CML Headquarters For St. Louis, MO

AAIPharma Services Corp. / Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc. (AAI/CML), has announced plans to relocate its St. Louis, MO headquarters and analytical testing facility to the Cortex Innovation Center.


AAI/CML (photo – aaipharma.com)

Supported by a package of Missouri economic development incentives and assistance from the Missouri Partnership and Cortex Innovation Community, the company plans to invest at least $10.7 million to move from its south St. Louis County location to the new Cortex building where it will occupy 37,500 square feet.

The expansion will enable the company to create 30 new jobs in the next five years. Their current St. Louis facility already employs about 80 full-time staff, so the total employment at the new Cortex site will be about 110.

Stephan Kutzer, CEO, president and chairman of AAI/CML, said in a statement that they are very excited to be working with Cortex and the Governor’s office to provide jobs for the greater St. Louis area.

AAIPharma Services Corp. joined with Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc. in 2013, and now has nearly 1,000 employees across seven locations in the U.S. and Europe as a leading provider of custom manufacturing and development services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Its analytical testing business is comprised of three centers of excellence in St. Louis, MO; Wilmington, NC; and Edison, NJ to serve its regional, national and global customers. Following the relocation and expansion of the company’s operations in St. Louis, the additional sites in Edison, NJ and Wilmington, NC will mainly serve as testing support if appropriate.

Cortex was founded in 2002 as a collaborative project between Washington University in St. Louis, BJC Healthcare, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. It is now home to more than 200 software, consumer product and bioscience technology firms. This includes mature enterprises such as DuPont and Boeing, among others, as also promising early-stage startups like Aisle411, CoFactor Genomics, and Pushup Social.

Cortex’s impact on St. Louis economic development includes $350 million in investment and the creation of 2,500 technology-related jobs.

Dennis Lower, president and CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community, said that they are excited to partner with AAIPharma / Cambridge Major Labs in the expansion of its pharmaceutical services business in the Midwest. “While our recent growth has come from software technology companies like Uber, Pandora and Square joining Cortex, adding a progressive leader in the bioscience space builds on another one of our core strengths,” added Lower.

Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, added that “As the Cortex Innovation Community grows, it continues to gain that much more gravity to attract further investment and job creation.”

Missouri Approves $600,000 Tax Credits For ECC Gala Center Renovation

The Missouri Development Finance Board has approved up to $600,000 in tax credits for East Central College to boost ECC’s fundraising related to the establishment of a Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Training.


MDFB (photo – eastcentral.edu)

This new Center, which will house several ECC career and technical programs, will be located in the former Gala Center, southeast of the main campus in Union, MO. Earlier this year in April, the ECC Foundation purchased the Gala Center for $1.2 million.

The newly approved Missouri economic development tax credits will be available to individuals, corporations and funders that contribute to the ECC Foundation campaign to raise another $1.2 million to renovate the Gala Center and convert it into a facility for technical education and workforce training.

Contributors will receive a 50 percent Infrastructure Development Fund Tax Credit based upon their contribution. So a $20,000 contribution to the ECC Foundation would result in a $10,000 tax credit which could be used by the contributor to offset income tax, franchise tax or financial institution tax in Missouri. The tax credits can be transferred to another taxpayer, or carried forward to offset future tax liabilities for up to five years.

“We thank the Missouri Development Finance Board for their support of this project,” said ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer in a release announcing the tax credit award. “This speaks volumes about the enormous benefits this project will have for our area.”

Shannon Grus, executive director of the ECC Foundation, likewise noted that the tax credits will allow the Foundation to engage the civic and business community to help support the continued growth of East Central College.

The educational benefits include the implementation of innovative new programs at ECC such as tooling and die casting, industrial maintenance, and stick and tungsten inert gas welding, along with two new apprenticeship programs in machining and industrial maintenance.

The Gala Center project has also received federal funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, which awarded $1.2 million grant in September to the Junior College District of East Central Missouri for the creation of the new Center at ECC.

According to grantee estimates provided to EDA, several local businesses could benefit from the project, which has the potential to create nearly 500 jobs in the region.

At that time, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said in an EDA release that as part of Commerce’s ‘Skills for Business’ initiative, the EDA grant will support expanded skills training to meet the needs of Missouri’s burgeoning advanced manufacturing industry.

St. Louis Talent Pool, Central Location Attracts KPMG Technology Team With 175 Jobs to Missouri

Big Four audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP plans to add 175 information technology jobs in the City of St. Louis, MO over the next three years.


KPMG (photo – ell brown/flickr)

In addition to state incentives and support from local officials, the project also received assistance from the St. Louis Regional Chamber and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

The expansion and new jobs will bring the number of KPMG jobs in St. Louis to 445. The company also has an office in Kansas City, MO.

Karen Vangyia, KPMG’s St. Louis managing partner, said in a release that from all aspects, St. Louis made the most sense for their firm. “Our firm recognized the strengths that St. Louis offers in terms of a strong talent pool, and city and state officials welcomed us with open arms,” added Vangyia.

Harry Moseley, KPMG’s chief information officer, likewise noted that St. Louis was an ideal location to expand their technology team and provides the geographic benefit of being in the central U.S. so that these new hires can support KPMG professionals across multiple time zones.

KPMG LLP is part of KPMG International, a global network of 162,000 professionals that includes 9,000 partners, operating in 155 countries. The company, whose global headquarters is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, generated $24.8 billion in revenue last year.

The Missouri Dept. of Economic Development has offered KPMG a strategic incentive package tied to the company’s job creation plans. Governor Jay Nixon said in the release that “Here in St. Louis, one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the nation, KPMG has access to a highly-educated workforce with the skills and knowledge they need to compete.”

St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay said in a release that “KPMG has been an important part of our local business community for over a century, and its decision to add tech jobs here reinforces our reputation as a technology hub.”

KPMG first opened its St. Louis office in 1911, and now provides audit, tax and advisory services to many of the largest and best-known organizations in the region. Local business development organizations including the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership assisted with the company’s expansion.

St. Louis Regional Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Reagan added that “KPMG sets the standard for innovation and we couldn’t be more proud and pleased to have played a role in their decision to expand here in St. Louis.”

Kansas City Considers Economic Development Package For Auto Parts Manufacturing Project

At its next meeting this week, the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee of the City Council of Kansas City will consider approving an industrial development plan for an automotive parts manufacturing project.

Challenge Mfg, Walker, MI

Challenge Mfg, Walker, MI (photo – challenge-mfg.com)

The manufacturer, referred to in City Council documents as “Project Walker,” is a leading Tier 1 automotive manufacturer of welded assemblies and engineered metal formed products that is headquartered in Walker, MI.

Supported by Kansas City economic development financing and tax abatements, the company plans to invest $53.9 million in machinery and equipment for establishing a 423,000-square-foot plant in an existing manufacturing facility that will be expanded.

Project Walker expects to create 375 new jobs at this location over the next 10 years with an average annual wage of approximately $44,850.

The company chose this location in Kansas City, Missouri in order to be able to support the General Motors Fairfax plant and other customers in the automotive industry across North America.

The exact same description of a “leading Tier 1 automotive manufacturer of welded assemblies and engineered metal formed products to the global automotive industry” headquartered in Walker, MI can be found on the Challenge Manufacturing Company’s website.

The package of Kansas City economic development incentives under consideration for Project Walker include:

– up to $56 million of industrial revenue bonds through Chapter 100 bond issuance, to be issued over a maximum bond term of 10 years. The bond funding will be used by the company for machinery and equipment ($54 million), other costs (including interest) ($977,000), and furniture and fixtures ($325,000);

– Project Walker is also seeking property and sales tax abatements. The City Council will consider a personal property tax abatement of 75 percent for the first ten years, totaling savings of approximately $4,984,978 for the company during the tax abatement period. The company will pay property taxes through a 25 percent PILOT agreement. Total sales tax abatement for the project is estimated at $4,597,608.

The KC City Council has previously established a policy for Chapter 100 bond issuance suggests payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOTs) at a level of no less than 50 percent of the amount the property would have paid if it had been fully taxed.

The recommendation of a significantly higher than suggested PILOT is being considered due to the competitive factors – Kansas City is competing with locations in Missouri and other states for this project.

The Industrial Development Plan includes clawback provisions in the event that the specified investment and operational standards committed to by Project Walker are not met.

Applebee’s Relocates HQ to Glendale, CA After Using Up Kansas City, Missouri Relocation Incentives

DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, is going ahead with a strategic plan to consolidate some of its core restaurant and franchisee support functions at its Glendale, CA headquarters operations.

Former Applebee's headquarters in Lenexa, KS

Former Applebee’s headquarters in Lenexa, KS (photo – Americasroof/wikipedia)

This means that the headquarters of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, which had been relocated from Lenexa, KS to Kansas City, MO in 2011, will now head back to California.

Julia A. Stewart, chairman and chief executive officer of DineEquity, said in a release that this move best positions the company to act as a nimble, effective, and efficient force for the future. “Consolidating most brand-centric, franchisee and consumer facing aspects of Applebee’s is an important step in that direction,” added Ms. Stewart.

Steven R. Layt, president of Applebee’s International, has chosen not to follow the company’s move back to California, and has resigned from his position, effective immediately.

DineEquity has more than 3,600 restaurants located in 18 countries under the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands, operated by 400 franchisees and approximately 200,000 team members.

The company’s consolidation of its Applebee’s headquarters operations is being seen as a proactive move ahead of the end of state tax incentives the company was getting from Missouri. Applebee’s International, Inc. and Centralized Supply Chain Services had together been approved to receive nearly $13 million in incentives for relocating across the state line from Lenexa, KS to Kansas City.

Applebee’s International, Inc. develops, franchises, and operates the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant chain, and was headquartered at 11201 Renner Road in Lenexa, KS until 2011. Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLS serves as Applebee’s exclusive purchasing agent for Applebee’s restaurants.

At that time, Applebee’s International, Inc. had 340 full-time equivalent employees with an average wage of approximately $85,350. CSCS had approximately 38 employees with an average wage of $108,700.

In 2011, both of them relocated to 100,000 square feet of office space located at 8140 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, MO. This relocation and the hundreds of high-wage jobs the two companies would shift from Kansas to Missouri were supported by a generous package of state and Kansas City economic development incentives.

This included sales and property tax abatement by Kansas City of approximately $147,000 on the personal property of $1.5 million. The State of Missouri likewise awarded $9.9 million in tax incentives through the Missouri Quality Jobs program for Applebee’s, along with $1.5 million in New Jobs Training funding. CSCS was also awarded approximately $ 1 million in incentives.

There are no clawback provisions in place for the tax abatement that Kansas City provided. The state income tax savings the company has already received will likewise not have to be paid back.

The Applebee’s relocation from Lenexa, KS to Kansas City, MO and now to Glendale, CA also highlights the budget resources wasted on the “border war” that both Kansas and Missouri have been trying to put a stop to. Lawmakers in both states are working to come to an agreement on amending economic development incentive programs to ban state assistance for companies that relocate across the state line without creating any new jobs for the Kansas City region.

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