Missouri State and Kansas City officials have paid a visit to American Airlines headquarters in Dallas to discuss the future of the airline’s overhaul base at Kansas City International Airport. Economic Development Director Joe Driskill was one of the state officials travelling to Dallas for the meeting. He says he came away optimistic that American is interested in working with Missouri and Kansas City officials over the future of the facility, but he realizes money will have to be pumped into the base to modernize it. Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes has put together a $200-Million bond proposal for American. Driskill won’t discuss how much money the state is willing to contribute. A decision on the future of the KCI facility and its 2,300 jobs is expected this Fall.
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