“This advantage will dissipate should we fail to capitalize on our momentum,” the report notes.
The 31-member panel, chaired by Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, met for seven months. Among those on the task force are state lawmakers, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi, members of Gov. Mike Parson’s administration and representatives of business groups.
Travis Brown, a longtime associate of billionaire mega-donor Rex Sinquefield, also is on the panel, as is Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
The report puts the price tag on the test track at between $300 million and $500 million. The cost to build a track linking St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City is estimated at $10.4 billion.