DaveKCMO wrote:This committee should take their time and do it right. No one wants another Citadel or 18th & Vine Part 1. Between Prospect MAX and Smart City 2.0, there is already a lot of focus on that corridor in the near-term.
The Star piece pointing out they decided to focus on jobs seems like a good one as long as it's not a Kansas-style jobs program where the money is given before jobs are made or a Full Employment Council program where KS businesses get incentives for hiring MO residents.
An eco dev program where a company must have a net increase in wages compared to the year before and the office must be based out of he impact zone to receive help could be a good one.
I would especially love to see a focus on jobs for teenagers (15-19). In terms of impact this age is where they're highly likely to commit to a life of crime and it directly helps this age group build up a positive job history. I can imagine a program where if a teen gets a job at partner businesses and keeps it and works a minimum number of hours both the business and teenager gets something extra (part of the incentive must raise their wage, part covers business cost).
A program where 1000 teens get $1 extra per hour could do a lot of good.