Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

EDC of Kansas City announces 2018 Cornerstone Award winners

The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, (EDCKC) announced winners of its 2018 Cornerstone Awards, which recognize the city's top construction, redevelopment, capital investments and job creation or expansion projects.

A total of 11 projects were showcased at the EDCKC’s annual event on Tues., May 15, 2018 at Kansas City’s Union Station. Winners achieved a variety of economic development criteria, including job creation, global economic growth, capital investment, innovation, P3, entrepreneurship, sustainability, neighborhood improvement, tourism, workforce and education, and adaptive reuse. 

“The Cornerstone Awards celebrate the people and organizations that are building the future of Kansas City, Missouri,” said Bob Langenkamp, EDCKC president and CEO. “The 2018 award recipients have played a vital role in creating a thriving economy in our city, and we enthusiastically congratulate them on their efforts."

Winners of the annual development awards included: AutoAlertCable Dahmer Headquarters & Collision, Cerner Innovation Campus, Hotel Indigo and Fairfax Lofts Apartments, Hunt Midwest SubTropolis Animal Health Corridor, KC Urban Youth Baseball, Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter Sr. Community Center, NBKC Bank, Spring Venture Group, Urban Cafe, and Westport Commons/Plexpod.

EDCKC also recognized several organizations for work on regional projects such as the Amazon HQ2 proposal and the successful campaign for A Better KCI. Amazon HQ2 honorees included Barkley, VML and Xact Technologies, and A Better KCI partners included Platte County EDC, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Area Development Council, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and The Dover Group.

KCP&L was applauded for its Clean Charge Network & KCP&L Connect initiatives. The Veterans Community Tiny House Project received EDCKC's People's Choice Award. 

The ceremony also honored UMKC Chancellor Emeritus Leo Morton for his tireless support of philanthropic, civic and economic progress in Kansas City. 



Reflecting on retiring Burns & McDonnell CEO Greg Graves

Reflecting on retiring Burns & McDonnell CEO Greg Graves

Greg Graves is heading into retirement, relinquishing his duties as CEO of Burns & McDonnell, a title he's held at the engineering company since 2004. During his tenure, he quadrupled the company's employee count, and taken sales from $387 million to a projected $2.8 billion in 2016.

KCK Chamber promotes regionalism, collaboration at 2016 Annual Meeting

The Kansas City, Kan. Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host its 2016 Annual Meeting, an event in which it hopes to showcase that the area is “a good place to be.”

The KCK Chamber hopes its largest gathering of the year will help to create a more vibrant region in the way of more meaningful partnerships and regional collaboration. KCK Chamber Executive Director Daniel Silva and Chamber Board Chair Valerie Mussett from Design Mechanical will share why KCK is ‘A Good Place to Be’ and discuss their 2016 goals for the Chamber.

“This year’s annual meeting will provide guests with a more in depth look at the significant role KCK plays in regionalism through our community involvement, business development, diversity and technology advancements,” Silva said.

The lunch will feature a regionalism and collaboration panel showcasing leading business experts from the technology, government, and nonprofit realms. Panelists include Dennis Kish, national vice president with Google Fiber; Mayor Mark Holland with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County; Joe Reardon, president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and CiCi Rojas, president and CEO of the Central Exchange. The discussion will be moderated by Kevin Collison of Burns & McDonnell.

The panel will discuss regional initiatives to deliver job growth and economic development, bi-state and organizational collaboration, and business diversity and engagement. The event is open to the public. For more information or to register to attend, click here.