Rep Davids highlights Kansas Third District in committee hearings on infrastructure, small business challenges

February 8, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03) brought a Kansas-focus to two separate committee hearings yesterday, sharing examples of local entrepreneurs, businesses, agencies, and infrastructure projects.

During the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing on “Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Can Not Wait,” Davids spoke to the panel on the need to invest in infrastructure and how the recent government shutdown impacted local workers like air traffic controllers. During a recent “Sharice’s Shift” at the Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center in Olathe, Davids spoke with controllers about their experience during the shutdown and the ARTCC’s ability to attract and retain a workforce.

In addition, Davids discussed the Highway Trust Fund and its importance to KS-03 and mentioned the importance of projects such as the US 69 Corridor expansion through Overland Park and the North Loop project in Wyandotte County.

Davids also participated in a Small Business subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access hearing exploring the challenges faced by minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned business and how business have overcome those challenges.

Acknowledging that “entrepreneurship is baked into the DNA of the community I live in,” Rep. Davids noted that the Third District and surrounding metro area has an economic ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs and recognized the important role that plays in fostering small businesses as they develop and grow.