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Reardon discusses Google’s impact

May 5, 2011

Joe Reardon, mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., recently discussed how Google’s choice of Kansas City, Kan., as the first community for its new, ultra-high speed, online service will effect the local economy.

On Tuesday, April 26, Reardon made his annual remarks to Economic Club members, faculty, staff and members of the community at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He said Google Fiber in itself won’t bring a whole lot of jobs to Wyandotte County, but he expects businesses to follow.

“Installation of the fiber won’t create a lot of permanent jobs,” he said. “There won’t be a headquarters for the installment of the infrastructure itself. But it will be the businesses that are attracted to that infrastructure just like the Kansas Speedway was attracted to that infrastructure of I-70 and I-435.”

It is because of the need for technology that Kansas City Kansas Community College and its Technical Education Center will be expected to play a bigger and bigger role in providing the trained students that will be needed in the years ahead.

“As jobs become more connected to technology, education becomes more critical to our success, collectively as well as for you individually,” Reardon said.

As a community college, KCKCC will receive Google’s services without charge as will school districts and city governments.

About two-thirds of the fiber-optic cable for the ultra-fast network will be installed on utility poles, the other third will run through undergrounds conduits primarily in the western suburbs and Village West area.

Reardon said the cost of the installation is not known but has been estimated at anywhere from $60 to $120 million.

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