Congresswoman Sharice Davids joined ElevateEdgerton! investors for a virtual chat on Dec. 8 8. More than a dozen members attended the private event, which was hosted by James Oltman, EE! president.
Davids touched on several topics including the ongoing pandemic and the need for more small business relief. She said her focus is currently on advancing another Paycheck Protection Program Act to help Kansans, adding that although she wants to see more in the current proposals, she would like to see aid for families passed by Congress in the very near future.
“The basis of any relief package must include providing resources for the expansion of widespread and rapid testing, increased access to personal protective equipment for our frontline workers, funding for our hospitals, help for small businesses, unemployment and housing assistance, accountability and transparency measures in the distribution of relief funds, and importantly, support for state and local governments who are fighting this virus head on,” said Davids in a recent press release.
While some of the conversation centered on the negative effects related to the ongoing pandemic there was also discussion about some of the potential positives. “There have been plenty of challenges associated with the COVID pandemic, but locally it also has created some opportunities” said Oltman. “Here at Logistics Park Kansas City, we have seen an increase in activity at many of our business partners leading to a surge in job openings.”
Davids also addressed the need for more workforce training, especially for workers in essential jobs, like many of those at Logistics Park Kansas City. She praised the essential workers that have not been able to work from home over the last eight months.
ElevateEdgerton! recently announced the lease of Inland Port VII to PepsiCo for a new Gatorade distribution center. The global food and beverage company signed a lease for a nearly 953,000 square-foot facility. Since the opening of LPKC in 2013, the City of Edgerton has helped facilitate the development of over 14 million square feet of industrial space and approximately $1.2 billion in private investment.