Kansas Could Land Biggest Private Sector Investment in State History: What They Say

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Gov. David Toland are urging quick action to pass an economic development bill that could help Kansas land the biggest private sector investment in state history. The project would create 4,000 new jobs in Kansas and inject $4 billion in business investment into the Kansas economy. Legislation known as the Attracting Powerful Economic Expansion Act (APEX) continues to receive a wide range of bipartisan support from business and community leaders across the state.

Here is what they say:

Greg Kindle, Chairman, Wyandotte Economic Development Council: “Passing the APEX bill will help Kansas land the largest private sector investment in state history. I support this bill because it could get us across the finish line and position Kansas to be more competitive for these high-tech investments that will increase tax revenue, encourage our children to pursue these careers and will keep Kansas talent in our state. . We need this passed now. We cannot miss this historic opportunity.

Jeanne Chevalier, Director of Economic Development, Dodge City“As Dodge City’s Director of Economic Development, I recognize the importance of being able to compete on megaprojects in the state of Kansas. Not only will this opportunity create thousands of new jobs for Kansas, but it will also make us an economic powerhouse that will capture national attention and position Kansas as a top contender for labor. I support the movement to pass the APEX bill and bring Kansas to a level where we can compete.

[VIDEO] Steve Kelly, Vice President of Economic Development, House of Lawrence Kansas: “Passing the APEX bill could help Kansas land the biggest private sector investment in state history and generate thousands of jobs. I urge those involved to work together to push this legislation across the finish line as it positions Kansas to be competitive nationally and even globally.

[VIDEO] Blake Benson, President, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce: “The APEX bill could help Kansas land the largest sector of private investment ever seen in our state’s economy. It would also help Kansas be more competitive with other states that use similar measures to improve their state’s economy. We cannot miss this historic opportunity. We should pass the APEX bill now.

[VIDEO] Debra Tuefel, President, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce“The APEX bill could help Kansas land the biggest private sector investment in our state’s history. We need this tool for Kansas to be competitive. We cannot miss this historic opportunity. I urge you to pass the APEX bill now, to send a message to young Kansans and industry that Kansas is open for business for the future.

[VIDEO] Tim Cowden, Chair, Kansas City Area Development Council: “I implore the Kansas Legislature to pass APEX megaproject incentive legislation. For Kansas and Kansas City to truly reach our potential, we need to have this. So think about it, think about it seriously. We appreciate your consideration in passing.

[VIDEO] David Toland, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce: “We are finalists for what would be the largest private sector investment in our state’s history. It’s a very big deal. Kansas needs to get this opportunity and let me tell you why. This company is going to invest $4 billion in Kansas. That’s $4 billion…billion with a “B” pumped back into our economy. This will create four thousand well-paying jobs in Kansas.

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