Excerpted for Startland News:
By Tommy Felts.
Published October 30. 2017
Plans for bringing Amazon’s HQ2 to Southwestern Johnson County were laid in the 1800s, Bill Sutton said.
“As soon as the (Santa Fe, Oregon, and California) trails divided here, all of this was in the cards,” said Sutton, a Kansas state representative whose district encompasses Gardner and Edgerton. “If the trails divided here, then guess where the railroads came? Then the highways were laid out and were roughly equivalent to the rail lines.”
The Gardner, Kansas, area — specifically New Century AirCenter — is among 17 Kansas City area sites submitted Oct. 19 to Amazon as part of the regional bid for the online retail giant’s second headquarters, Sutton said.
The state legislator was part of discussions about the project, he said, though not a member of the hands-on Kansas City Area Development Council team that compiled the bid. Direct participants are bound by a non-disclosure agreement that prevents them from discussing details of the proposal, according to the KCADC. Limited information, which did not include specific sites, was released by the group Oct. 19, following the bid’s submission.