Downtown Council

Downtown Council: KC is back in the game

Downtown Council: KC is back in the game

On Friday, the Downtown Council will host its annual luncheon, where it will champion the progress and revitalization of downtown Kansas City. But the group wants local members and leaders to know that the renaissance is far from complete.

Perusing streetcar development opportunities

Perusing streetcar development opportunities

The Urban Land Institute herded roughly 60 real estate development professionals aboard the Kansas City streetcar Wednesday morning to investigate just how many development opportunities currently exist along the streetcar route.  The answer? A lot. 

Why companies are racing into downtowns across America

The Downtown Council’s annual luncheon.

The Downtown Council’s annual luncheon.

A diverse spectrum of different types of companies are descending upon downtowns across the country. For companies looking to strategically locate their business, why are downtown areas becoming a lucrative option?

In a recent research report by Cushman & Wakefield and Smart Growth America, a team studied 500 companies who recently made this move to find the motives behind their relocation efforts. A few themes arose.

The report says downtown setting allows companies to attract and retain talented workers, helps build brand identity and company culture, supports creative collaboration, centralizes business operations, and brings companies closer to their customers and business partners, among a host of other reasons.

Jason Tolliver, vice president of Americas research for Cushman & Wakefield, will discuss some these findings on Friday when the Downtown Council of Kansas City hosts its annual luncheon. The luncheon will also feature remarks by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, an award ceremony for DTC’s 2015 Urban Hero Award, and a Spirit of Downtown Kansas City exhibit.