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The announcement that a Save-A-Lot grocery store will proceed -- contrary to the claims of developers and city staff who rely on their information -- should provide a lesson that economic development in Wichita can and will happen without public assistance.
An award of $2.5 million by the City of Wichita to aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft to ward off a threatened move to Louisiana stands out as an example of corporate welfare given for its own sake, and not in response to any real threat.
The granting of a forgivable loan by the City of Wichita to The Golf Warehouse raises issues of both economics and politics.
In Sunday's Wichita Eagle, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer penned a piece that states his belief in the importance of downtown and prepares the people of Wichita for the start of a prescriptive planning process, with accompanying subsidy to politically-favored developers willing to fulfill the plan.
On Tuesday the Wichita City Council will consider an economic development incentive for a local business. The process the city is using to grant this incentive bypasses the scrutiny that accompanies the formation of TIF districts while providing essentially the same benefit.
At today's meeting of the Wichita City Council, discussion by council members and their vote may signal a change in the city's stance toward economic development incentives.
At a recent presentation by Wichita's downtown revitalization planning firm Goody Clancy, data was presented that is at odds with the city's plans.
At this week's meeting of the WichitaCity Council, underperforming companies that have received economic incentives was at issue.
Last week a Wichita company that's expanding made an application for industrial revenue bonds and accompanying property tax abatements. The company's application wasn't timely, and for that reason is not likely to receive the requested help. The discussion surrounding the item provides insight into city council members' ideas about the role of the city in economic development.
At yesterday's meeting of the the Wichita City Council, a matter was presented to the council that provided an illustration of basic economic principles that are foreign to the council.
Yesterday's meeting of the Wichita City Council provided a lesson in how frustrating it can be for citizens to interact with city government.
You might even have to endure a slight insult from our mayor.
Reporting in the Wichita Eagle by Brent Wistrom (City vows to better vet its partners, Sunday December 15, 2008) has revealed a city staff confused as to basic procedures for safeguarding citizens' taxes, not to mention their trust.
Recent reporting by the Wichita Eagle uncovered troubling facts from the past of a developer the city is considering partnering with.
Rhonda Holman's Wichita Eagle editorial today (Need vetting of City Hall partners) correctly states that city staff "missed the mark in vetting negotiator Grant Gaudreau." Or is the proper title "principal developer," as stated by Wichita’s director of urban development Allen Bell? (See Wichita’s Faulty Due Diligence for video.)
In the Wichita city council meeting on December 2, 2008, council member Jim Skelton questioned Allen Bell, Wichita's director of urban development, about developers the city is considering working with on a TIF district. Specifically, Skelton asked if there was anything in the backgound of the developers that the council should be concerned about. Bell referred specifically to Grant Gaudreau, naming him as the "principal developer." He said that the matters in Gaudreau's past had been "resolved," and had "no bearing" on this project.
Five years ago, the City of Wichita granted Big Dog Motorcycles industrial revenue bonds (IRB). The benefit of these bonds is that the company escapes…
The officials involved -- council members Jeff Longwell and Lavonta Williams, who negotiated the addition of the parking with county commissioners; Allen Bell, who is Wichita's director of urban development; and Mayor Carl Brewer -- need to answer to the citizens of Wichita as to why this important business was conducted in this haphazard manner that disrespects citizen involvement.
Urban renewal failed across the United States in the 20th century. The urban renewal efforts from the 20th century that are the foundation for the newly proposed redevelopment agency in Wichita rely upon these old Kansas laws that require an increase in local government’s powers. There are no clearly defined steps that will avoid repeating these past mistakes in the public hearing discussions so far.