“The entrepreneurial spirit of Kansas Citians is alive and well,” declared Councilwoman Teresa Loar, Chair of the Small Business Committee.
She has long been an advocate for the needs of small businesses, especially those owned by minorities, women, and veterans. The large infrastructure projects on the immediate horizon call for full participation of Kansas City’s Unions, as well as MBE and WBE certified businesses to build the new airport and the Buck O’Neill Bridge. Additionally, there are multiple new roads, bridges and sidewalks being repaired or replaced from east to west, north to south, funded thanks to voter approval of $800 Million in GO Bonds.
Councilwoman Teresa Loar believes we can do even more to support start-ups and market our City as Open for Business. “The ability of Kansas City to attract technology and manufacturing companies will shape our future for generations.
We have so much to offer these companies: a low cost-of-living and affordable housing, and a highly-motivated and productive workforce.”

Safe Streets, More Police on the Beat

“The parents of my grandchildren are a policeman and an EMT,” said Councilwoman Teresa Loar, “Safe streets and more police on the beat are at the top of my list of Kansas City improvements.”
Funding for first-responders, improved response times in the northland thanks to new police and fire stations, and a community approach to solving crime in at-risk neighborhoods are practical, common-sense solutions.
Bridging the digital divide and supporting the local school systems are key to improving economic opportunities for the next generation. As a former North Kansas City School Board president, Teresa Loar is an advocate for teachers and administrators. “We need to listen to the people on the front line when it comes to solutions.”

Back to Basics

Affordable water and sewer rates are a top priority in
Councilwoman Teresa Loar’s second term. The City is under mandate from the EPA to separate its storm water and sewer pipes. This monumental task over 250 square miles of KCMO has created a real burden for working families and the elderly.
“Rates keep going up and up and up. People shouldn’t be asked to choose between clean water and food,” she said.
Councilwoman Teresa Loar wants to renegotiate the Consent Decree with the EPA, allowing more time for this project to be completed and more support granted for Green Solutions that reduce the size of the problem before it is fixed.

Support for Veterans

Now becoming a national model, the nonprofit Veterans Community Project is on a mission to eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions. The founders of VCP credit their very first meeting with Councilwoman Teresa Loar a few years ago as the turning point.
She became their number one advocate and originated the idea of tiny houses to allow veterans to keep their cats and dogs, an option that was not available to them in larger shelter settings.
Already the idea has begun to spread to other cities. Councilwoman Teresa Loar spoke to the National League of Cities about the success of VCP in partnership with Kansas City. More than 40 cities have reached out to them about starting their own villages. St. Louis and Denver are the first to follow in Kansas City’s footsteps.
“The goal is to end veteran homelessness in Kansas City, and I’m proud to say the Veterans Community Project with 50 tiny homes and support services will make that difference.”

Kansas City Animal Care Campus

For years Kansas City needed a no-kill shelter. The voters of Kansas City agreed, and the Raise the Woof campaign in 2017 was successful in helping pass the GO bonds needed for this and other essential infrastructure improvements.
With private investments and donations along with the commitment from the Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department to locate the Kansas City Animal Care Campus at Swope Park, the vision is becoming a reality.
From the KC Pet Project Website:
City Councilmember Teresa Loar noted that “this has been a Herculean effort for years by so many advocates in the community; it’s so exciting and rewarding to finally see it become real. The City owes a debt of gratitude to those who have worked tirelessly for both two and four-legged citizens of Kansas City.”