Border war heats up for a big business

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City economic officials are pulling out the big guns to try to win a round in the border war.

It involves more than 1,000 jobs and has a secret code name.

Wednesday, a KCMO city council committee approved the first in a series of incentives that are intended to lure a huge company to cross the state line from Johnson county.

In public officials are calling this "Project Apple."

But sources tell 41 Action News that the company is Freightquote, which has headquarters in a business park in Lenexa, Kan.

The move would bring 960 jobs to KCMO at first, plus 200 more jobs later.

The company is looking at a site just south of Interstate 435 at State Line Road.

"This is an opportunity for us to compete. To compete and to put together an aggressive conversation with the corporate community regarding job creation in our city," said Pete Fullerton, of the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City.

Economic development officials say this would be the biggest catch, in terms of jobs, in memory.

Fullerton says it's bigger than the 600 jobs brought by Harley Davidson twelve years ago.

Council members want to win this round in the border war, but acknowledge that most of those workers will continue living in other cities rather than moving into KCMO.

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