Our neighborhood is home to some of the best employers Missouri has to offer. From small businesses in Waldo, to the large employers like Burns and McDonnell, we need to cultivate a culture of respect and service at the state and city level to ensure that these employers continue to invest in our community. This means engaging in real job retention activities and actively listening to the needs and desires of business owners. In addition, we need to support job creation and retention tools that are BOTH responsible, and effective. Our Mayor has started to make some significant progress in this regard. As your state representative, I will work hard with Mayor James and his team to fight for what Kansas City employers, and their employees, need and deserve.