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Eight Months In, What Kansas City's Manager Has Learned

City Manager candidate Brian Platt interviews with the Kansas City city council.
Carlos Moreno
City Manager candidate Brian Platt during his job interview with the Kansas City city council in October 2020.

"The most challenging thing," according to City Manager Brian Platt, "has been relearning the pathways to success for every type of initiative."

Since starting as city manager in December 2020, Brian Platt has experienced a record breaking cold snap, a worse than typical heatwave, a continuing pandemic, and pressures to promote equity in several key departments of the city.

In that time Platt says he's been gaining knowledge about "who do I need to speak with and learn from to figure out the path forward."

Platt discusses projects underway to improve Kansas City’s infrastructure, the new ordinance giving him more means for providing housing for the homeless, the city's relationship with its police department and the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

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