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HonestChieffan 07:32 AM 10-01-2021
https://www.kmbc.com/article/officia...t-kci/37797330

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
A billion-dollar deal lasting 15 years is up against a deadline and the city council is nowhere close to a decision. Elected officials walked out of the committee meeting over concessions at the newly redesigned Kansas City International airport.

Second District Councilmember Teresa Loar says they don’t yet have enough information to agree to such a large commitment.

"Why would we vote on a 15-year billion-dollar contract and we haven't even looked at the proposals?” Loar said.

The councilwoman says the bids are kept in a locked room and most city council members haven't seen them. A fellow second district councilmember, Dan Fowler, doesn’t agree.

"I think it was open, anybody who wanted to could go look at it,” Fowler said.

Councilman Fowler is the only elected official on the selection committee.

The committee selected a proposal from Vantage Airport Group.

“They had a better minimum annual guarantee than the others,” Fowler said.

He likes their financial promise to the city and says their model is good for companies.

“His payment is $24,000 a month, every month. All year long,” Loar said.

The councilwoman says the four other proposals are better because they license local products and give small businesses the income.

“A lot of businesses don't like the idea of just licensing their product because they lose control over it,” Fowler said.

The other issue at the meeting was determining which brands best represent Kansas City.

"One of the proposals had the Kansas City Chiefs in it, which was an exclusive,” Loar said.

It's not Vantage's proposal.

"I want the place to scream Kansas City,”

Some councilmembers likely wanted to scream as the meeting lost quorum and ended early this evening. While everyone appears to have the same goals, there's no consensus yet on what that looks like.

The full city council is set to vote on the contract next Thursday.


Chik-fil-A has beeen put on the list of the banned .......This will scream Kansas City to everyone who comes through for sure....everybody hates CFA and will love KC for being so exclusive.

lots of palms get greased in a deal like this, it takes time.
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Discuss Thrower 12:16 PM 10-01-2021
Originally Posted by F150:
Safe assumption: Every franchisee will be a minority. In a City controlled space that has federal funding. No white males need even consider it.
racist incel typing detected
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alpha_omega 12:18 PM 10-01-2021
Originally Posted by F150:
Safe assumption: Every franchisee will be a minority. In a City controlled space that has federal funding. No white males need even consider it.
Originally Posted by Bowser:
Fact check: true
Yep....

Originally Posted by :
The Vantage proposal states 80% of the businesses at the terminal will be local, providing opportunities for small, women-owned and minority businesses.
https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news...essions-at-kci
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Just Passin' By 12:20 PM 10-01-2021
Originally Posted by alpha_omega:
Yep....



https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news...essions-at-kci

Any white-owned company that gets blocked is going to have an automatic win in their pocket when they file their racial discrimination case.
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alpha_omega 12:28 PM 10-01-2021
More info....


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As construction on KCI's new terminal continues, the next hurdle the city council faces is who will fill the terminal with shops and restaurants for passengers to enjoy.

The main dispute is making sure the concession workers currently at terminals B and C will have a contract with Unite Here Local 74 to work at the new terminal when it opens in 2023.

The 65-million-dollar bid from Vantage Airport Group felt good with most council members.

"I think from a cash standpoint they are the ones guaranteeing us the most money which is obviously important," said KCMO Councilman Kevin O'Neill.

Small businesses in the Kansas City area who will expand their footprint at the new KCI terminal under this bid were also excited.

"It’s a huge opportunity, they’ve kind of taken me under their wing and really mentored me," LaRonda Lanear, owner of We Got It Covered Food Service said.

Another business owner also agrees.

"I think that they’ve done a really good job of digging deep into the history of our city and pulling out the parts that began this place," Nikole Ammer, owner of City Market Coffee said.

80% of the businesses are local in this 15-year contract, estimated to generate $1.5 billion dollars.

But at last week’s council committee meeting, one concern brought up was that Vantage Airport Group didn’t have a labor agreement representing the concession workers at the current terminal.

Councilman O’Neill believes it will work out.

"I’ve had great discussions with all the leaders in vantage about union contracts I think they are going to be fine there," he said.

The other four bids were kept secret, but it's a process O'Neill said the city uses to protect the companies who want to do business with the city.

"We have a process that we’ve used for years and it seems to work and you don’t change the process during an RFP it’s just bad business," he said.

Unite Here Local 74 tells KSHB 41 News they are working on a labor agreement with Vantage Airport Group.

The Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. If they approve it, the bid heads to the full city council as early as next Thursday.

https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news...nesday-morning
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SuperBowl4 12:28 PM 10-01-2021
The Original ABC KC terminals worked just fine. Just another HUGE waste of money.
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Discuss Thrower 12:32 PM 10-01-2021
Originally Posted by SuperBowl4:
The Original ABC KC terminals worked just fine. Just another HUGE waste of money.
Beyond the whole non functioning utilities, sure.
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Bowser 02:01 PM 10-01-2021
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:
Any white-owned company that gets blocked is going to have an automatic win in their pocket when they file their racial discrimination case.
It is, by the very definition, racist. But it's WOKE racism, so therefore it's good racism.
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IowaHawkeyeChief 02:11 PM 10-01-2021
Originally Posted by cosmo20002:
Seems kind of stupid to even consider ChikFilA for an airport location if they are closed on Sundays.
Sundays are the deadest day in most airports and almost every many airports have a chick fil et. They pay the amount, despite only being open 6 days. Chick fil et is also very easy to eat in an airport or taking it on a plane with their packaging.
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alpha_omega 02:57 PM 10-13-2021
Sort of a separate story, but then the last line relates it back to this topic....check the bold.

First lady visits hidden gem in Kansas City that many locals don’t even know exists

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — First lady Jill Biden spent several hours in Kansas City Tuesday afternoon. She visited El Centro Academy to hear about concerns and other issues Hispanic Americans face.

After the meeting, Biden and her entourage headed to lunch at a popular restaurant, but it wasn’t a barbecue spot politicians normally chose while in KC. Other leaders have grabbed a bite of barbecue at hotspots like Gates, Aurthur Bryant’s, or Joe’s KC.

Tuesday, the first lady decided to visit Poio Mexican Barbecue at 800 S. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. The chef-owner of the original Poio location on Southwest Boulevard closed, but reopened nearby in May. The new location includes an updated menu and a drive-thru.

Poio Mexican Barbecue is an Asian Mexican fusion place known for its grilled chicken, which can be ordered either whole or half. Wings, a chicken box, jackfruit, fried rice, tortillas, pickles, and even chicken nachos are also on the menu. Employees said customers can’t get enough of the restaurant’s adobo pork ribs that come as whole or half slabs, either.

Polo offers single orders as well as sharable options and family meals for $25- $30, but you can also create your own combo.

You may not need to travel to Kansas City, Kan. to try Poio in the future. The restaurant is on Vantage Airport Group’s list of restaurants that may be coming to the new KCI terminal when it opens in 2023.

https://fox4kc.com/business/first-la...n-know-exists/
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