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Heavies have reached a 5 year agreement with its unions
It was down to the wire but after months of negotiations the Heavies Negotiating Committee have settled with all its signatory unions.
Thanks to Paul Ideker committee chair, Patrick O’Donnell, Barclay Hornung, Gavin Barmby, David Kissick, and Bob Fry for all of your hard work.
Facebook Parent Company to Invest $800 Million for Data Center in the Northland
Facebook (Meta) announced that it plans to build a 1 million square-foot data center near KCI. Facebook officials, city leaders and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made the announcement at Union Station on Thursday, March 25.
The data center will occupy a portion of the Golden Plains Technology Park, an 882-acre site to be developed by Diode Ventures, a subsidiary of Black & Veatch. Meta plans to employ up to 100 permanent employees. The company said peak construction jobs could top 1,300 before the data center opens in 2024.
Meta joins a growing number of tech firms locating in Kansas City to develop datacenters, more are planned for the site at Golden Plains and others are expected in other parts of the Kansas City area.
Tech firms like Apple, Google and Facebook are building data center locations at an escalating pace as more and more devices become connected to the internet. Those firms generally look for locations with cheap energy to power the behemoth buildings and those at relatively low risk of natural disasters.
Governor Mike Parson said, “The Show-Me State stands out as a rising technology hub due to our strategic location, skilled workforce, and prime business climate, this unprecedented investment signals Missouri is open for business, and that our state is a prime destination for high-tech leaders and innovators alike.”
Heavies Director Bridgette Williams Visits Washington For National League of Cities Conference
The Heavies Director, Bridgette Williams, along with local leaders from the Kansas City Metro traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 14 to attend the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference where President Joe Biden addressed the conference. The President spoke about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the appropriations bill that was recently approved to send money to the Department of Transportation to begin sending out to state DOTs and cities. Biden also discussed the American Rescue Plan, the economic recovery and the role of local leaders during the pandemic and economic recovery.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Susan Rice, director of the U.S. Domestic Policy Council and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also spoke at the event.
Heavies Host Suicide Prevention Seminar in Kansas Ctiy
Thank you to all of our members and construction partners who attended the mental health and suicide prevention seminar on February 24. The uncertainty of COVID-19 created major stress, anxiety, and worries among workers and their families. Nationally in the construction industry, more workers die annually by suicide than by all occupational injuries combined. It is a sobering statistic that construction industry ranks 2nd in the number of suicides among workforce sectors.
The seminar presented by Cal Beyer of Holmes Murphy, “The Visible Crisis” highlighted the importance of creating a culture of care in preventing suicides among the construction industry and how and when to talk to workers about prevention. The seminar demonstrated the need for employers to communicate to their workforce about available resources from Employee Assistance Programs, how to identify the warning signs of emotional pain and suicide, and, using the LEARN ® Saves Lives model for safety conversations.
More information is available at www.preventconstructionsuicide.com please see the links below for Hotlines that can help an employee in crisis.
Pedestrian Bridge and Further Streetcar Extension Planned for Riverfront
The city council passed an ordinance to enter into an agreement with KCATA to fund construction of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge and expansion of the northbound streetcar line closer to the planned KC Current soccer stadium.
Right now, pedestrians trying to get from the City Market to the Riverfront have two options: the Town of Kansas Bridge or the Grand Boulevard viaduct, which was designed for cars only.
A new pedestrian bridge over Grand Boulevard would make parks, businesses and apartments along the Missouri River more accessible to the City Market.
The $4 million project, expected to take three years, would be among the latest additions to the riverfront, where more apartments, a new concert venue and a new stadium for the Kansas City Current, the NWSL women's pro-soccer team, are expected within the next couple years.
The KCATA said they might be able to use federal funds, matched locally, to cover this project, which is still in design stage.
In September 2020, Kansas City was awarded $14.2 million in federal funds to extend the streetcar line north from the City Market to the riverfront. The half-mile addition will bring the streetcar across Grand Boulevard viaduct and to a stop at the riverfront near Union Berkley Riverfront apartments.
The city is looking to contribute an additional $6 million toward the expansion to bring the streetcar closer to the new stadium, bringing the total to $20.2 million.
Merriam to Receive Funding for Flood Control
The city of Merriam will receive about a $500 million to fund the Upper Turkey Creek Flood Risk Management project. The funding was part of a federal spending bill that was approved and signed into law this month. Third District Representative Sharice Davids announced the project was part of $15.7 million coming to the Third District. The project is expected to help alleviate flooding along the downtown district in Merriam.
Turkey Creek is part of a larger system that stretches into Kansas City, Kansas and flows into the Kansas River.
The Upper Turkey Creek Flood Risk Management project includes recommendations to build levees and floodwalls to protect downtown Merriam. The plan outlines goals to build roughly 3,380 feet of levee.
Infrastructure projects totaling $15.7 million for the Third District also include:
Proposed Bistate Corridor to Connect Independence to Legends
A plan for a bistate transit corridor was announced on February 21st by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri.
The proposed bistate corridor would travel from Independence, Missouri, to the Legends Outlets area of Kansas City, Kansas. It would be an electric bus route. Funding for the project would come from the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill.
According to a news release from Rep. Cleaver’s website, the Bi-State Sustainable Reinvestment Corridor will provide investments to sustainability, mobility and economic development.
The bistate corridor would include State Avenue, Independence Avenue and Truman Road.
According to the news release, the bistate corridor would target federal funding to support:
The Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the annual Missouri Concrete Conference April 27 and 27 at the Havener Center on the Rolla Campus
Presentations at the conference are divided into the following categories:
READY MIX OPERATIONS
2021 HCA EVENTS