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PBS Commissioner Winstead Helps Open New IRS Campus in Kansas City

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Remarks by
David Winstead
Public Buildings Service Commissioner
U.S. General Services Administration
IRS Campus Building Dedication & Ribbon Cutting
Kansas City, MO
10/16/06


Thank you very much, Brad.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

I’m so very pleased to represent GSA Administrator Lurita Doan and to be here today with:

- Senator Bond;
- IRS Commissioner Everson;
- Congressman Cleaver;
- Tom Mcdonnell of the Pershing Road Development Company;
- and the many, many other federal, state and local friends and partners who have helped us reach this fantastic day.

This new campus gives us much to celebrate:
- first, 3,000 IRS employees and 5,000 seasonal workers will now have a state-of-the-art facility in which to perform their mission of service for the American people;
- second, the campus helps advance the IRS master plan to consolidate and modernize agency operations around the nation;
- third, this project helps on-going very important revitalization efforts in downtown Kansas City;
- and fourth, this project enabled GSA to build on an already strong relationship with one of our most important client agencies.

As I said, it took a lot of talent, persistence, cooperation and dedication on the part of many people and entities to get us to this day. Accordingly, I’d like to thank Senator Kit Bond and Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver for their strong and unwavering support in Congress.

I think it’s also fair to say that this project stands as a monument to the cooperation between public and private interests, and to the incredible support shown by the State of Missouri and the entire Kansas City Metropolitan Area. This level of cooperation exemplifies why Kansas City is known far and wide as such a great community.

Moving this project forward and keeping it on track also took some ingenuity.

You may know that seven years usually pass before we can move a new federal building from concept to reality. This one is up and running in just over three! Utilizing a build-to-suit lease option really opened the door for this project, affording us flexibility not typically available on most federal projects.

The build-to-suit lease option provided an outstanding opportunity for the developer, and, by the way, also turned out to be a great value for the taxpayers - especially when you factor in the heavy responsibility that comes with owning and maintaining a building of this magnitude.

As Commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service, I’d like to take just a moment to publicly acknowledge the outstanding work of GSA Heartland Regional Administrator Brad Scott, Assistant Regional Administrator Mary Ruwwe and their entire team.

Congratulations also to Commissioner Everson and the entire IRS project team, led by Frederick Hodge, and to the property developer, Thomas Mcdonnell, President of Pershing Road Development Company.

The Internal Revenue Service has been around in one form or another since President Lincoln created the position of Commissioner of Internal Revenue in 1862.

The workers of today’s IRS deserve a superior workplace; GSA was proud to provide it.

Again, thank you for inviting me to be part of this ceremony. On behalf of Administrator Doan, congratulations and best wishes in the future.


 


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