Support for M/WBE firms and workforce among key topics discussed
Edgemoor’s construction team, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson, hosted two outreach events last week for Kansas City-based construction subcontractors to kickstart discussions about the next exciting phase of the KCI New Terminal project.
More than 300 industry professionals joined our team to learn about the programs and services the Edgemoor Team is committed to offering as part of a robust Community Benefits Agreement. The events also provided the opportunity for important dialogue regarding the best way to leverage the skills and strength of local unions while maximizing meaningful opportunities for local minority- and women-owned firms. City officials also were in attendance, including Mayor Sly James, Mayor Pro Tem Scot Wagner, Council Members Scott Taylor, and Jermaine Reed, and Kansas City HRD Director Philip Yelder.
Financial and bonding assistance, a quick-pay program, an intensive MBA-style training and development program, and contracting set asides are among the programs the Edgemoor team discussed and will provide to build capacity and ensure Kansas City-based small businesses grow and thrive -- both on the KCI New Terminal Project and for decades to come. Additionally, the team relayed information about critical workforce support services, including daily transportation to the jobsite, an on-site medical clinic, and access to licensed child care, which are designed to maximize local jobs and create opportunities for Kansas Citians to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime project.
The meetings also fostered a productive conversation around the best way to leverage the skills and strengths of union labor while maximizing meaningful opportunities for Kansas City-based minority- and women-owned firms. Union representatives Joe Hudson of the St Louis-Kansas City Carpenters' Regional Council, and Alise Martini of the Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council, joined the team to provide details on the possibility of a single-project Community Workforce Agreement that would apply only to the KCI New Terminal Project.
Following a brief presentation, many attendees took the opportunity to voice their concerns and pose questions to the team and union leaders during an interactive question and answer session.
Clark | Weitz | Clarkson has been busy preparing for the start of construction on the KCI New Terminal and used the event to unveil a new project website: www.cwcjv.com. The site is a tool to communicate important project news and information regarding the procurement process and upcoming bid opportunities, as well as programs and services available to participating subcontractors.
Building a world-class terminal for Kansas City will require the entire community working together. We are committed to growing our team with local talent and remain focused on delivering a project that will transform not only the region, but our industry for decades to come.