Mayor Lucas Speaks to Northland at PCEDC’s Quarterly Luncheon

Molly Ramirez News

The Platte County Economic Development Council held its third Quarterly Member Luncheon on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott. Sponsored by North Kansas City Hospital, the luncheon featured Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas who spoke about building the Kansas City of the future.

PCEDC Chairman, Dale Brouk of FiveStar Lifestyles emceed the event and kicked off the luncheon by introducing Matt Tapp who will replace Alicia Stephens as the Executive Director of the Platte County EDC later this month.  Recognition was given to the many elected officials, high-level PCEDC investors, board members, and partners in attendance. New investors were recognized, including 3F30 Architects, A.L. Huber, David Park, and Kissick Construction Company.

Mayor Lucas shared his vision of how to build a stronger Kansas City, complimenting the success of Northland communities who work together in achieving goals for the Northland region. Here’s a quick highlight of the Mayor’s key points:

Growth and Development in the Northland – In the last six months, Mayor Lucas has toured the Northland with our leaders to gain a better understanding of area’s development. Our school districts show impressive growth reflecting the rising population. Development isn’t the only topic in the Northland. There are plenty of areas in need of redevelopment that can offer a diverse range of opportunities.

Infrastructure – Mayor Lucas encourages proactive planning for infrastructure projects, from left turn lanes to sidewalks and transit. He noted that walkable development is an important factor in infrastructure improvements. It’s what links the workforce to transit and jobs.

Doing Business – The Mayor knows it can take time to get things permitted through the city. He wants to see city departments working together during inspections to keep things moving forward. He also wants to see innovation to make things easier during the permitting processes.

Public Safety – Mayor Lucas continues his strong commitment to make Kansas City a safer place, saying that regardless the zip code, Kansas City needs to be about making the city a better place for children. He encouraged those who live in the Northland to share the diverse stories of those who live here. He thanked Councilwoman Teresa Loar for her efforts advocating to fund services to support the homeless and those in need.