This week, we will be introducing candidates for the 3rd District seat on the Lee's Summit City Council. By means of introduction, your Link 2 Lee's Summit has asked each candidate a series of questions as it relates to the business and economic growth of the city. Today, we introduce the Phyllis Edson. Candidate Todd Haynes will be introduced on Wednesday and candidate James Lloyd will be introduced on Friday.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: How do you feel the business environment has changed since the opening of the Development Center two years at City Hall?
Ms. Edson: I think it’s a more positive environment for people wanting to open a business in Lee’s Summit. The Development Center demonstrates that Lee’s Summit wants new business and wants to encourage businesses in settling here, not discourage them.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: What role do you see the City Council playing in the community's economic development endeavors?
Ms. Edson: City Council is the legislative branch of city government. We set policy. It’s the role of the EDC to sell Lee’s Summit and “birddog” new businesses. The council then can approve incentives and other terms to help grow existing businesses and/or bring new businesses to town.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: What is economic development to you? How do you define it?
Ms. Edson: Economic Development to me is the plan to and the act of working to growing existing businesses and bringing in new businesses that pay wages which allow families to live and work within the Lee’s Summit area.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: As the Charter Review Commission looks at our City Charter, what, if any, changes to the Charter would you like to see made?
Ms. Edson: Either increase the number of districts by 1-2 or add 1-2 at-large seats.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: What is the most fulfilling volunteer, board, commission or committee task you've performed in Lee's Summit in the last year, and why?
Ms. Edson: I’m an active member of the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and have been for several years. I work hard on fundraising for this organization so that teachers and students have additional tools in the classroom that school budgets may not fund. It’s fulfilling to me because I get to raise the money, have a direct say in where it goes AND help out teachers and students all at the same time.
Link 2 Lee's Summit: If elected, which liaison assignments would you seek?
Ms. Edson: Livable Streets, Public Safety, Arts Council
Link 2 Lee's Summit: Day to day, what is the single most important quality of a city council member?
Ms. Edson: Integrity.