Kansas City, Kansas lobbyist retiring

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Longtime Kansas City lobbyist Mike Taylor, a staunch advocate for the interests of local government, is retiring today.

Taylor had been with the Unified Government in Kansas City, Kansas, since about 2003.

He previously worked as the director of government relations for the city of Wichita from 1995 to about 2003.

Mike Taylor

Before joining the city of Wichita, Taylor worked for 15 years at KAKE-TV Channel 10 as a senior reporter covering government and politics.

He also worked for KWCH-TV Channel 12, KFH Radio and National Public Radio.

As the lobbyist for Kansas City, Taylor helped pass legislation allowing the Legends Premium Outlet Shopping Center to be built, cleared the way for redevelopment of Kaw Point and helped preserve sales tax revenue, or so-called STAR, bonds.

“Wyandotte County and KCK is a dynamic, always advancing community. I’ve been honored to serve the Unified Government and citizens,” Taylor said in a statement.

Taylor is starting Strategy Consultants, which will offer government relations, crisis management and media training services.