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Your Chamber At Work - June 26, 2017


Our educational campaign for a “Better KCI” continues. So far we’ve completed approximately 30 presentations, with another 37 scheduled or in the process of being scheduled. We’ve been well-received and I think we’ve opened some eyes.
We’ll continue our efforts for the next several months, as the KCMO City Council considers proposals to design, build, and finance a new single terminal. The Council is focusing on the “how” it will be financed and “what” the new terminal will look like. Our sessions look at the “why” – why a new single terminal is needed. If you’d like to schedule a presentation, contact the Chamber’s Nancy Phelps, and she’ll make the arrangements.
Business travelers make up 58 percent of the passengers using KCI, and our companies tell us they need better air service. The airlines, meanwhile, say they can’t expand without a new single terminal.
The KC Chamber, Kansas City Area Development Council, Civic Council, VisitKC, the Downtown Council and others have endorsed the single terminal concept. We’re asking for your support as well. If your business or organization would like to show your support for a “Better KCI,” let us know. Contact Melanie Mattes with your company name and logo and we’ll add you to the growing list.
Thank you.

Looking to add a little jazz to your Friday evening? Located in the heart of all things jazz, an upcoming KC Chamber networking partnership event will offer just that.
Taking place July 7, from 4 pm to 6 pm during one of Kansas City's most cultural and exciting traditions, First Fridays, is Summertime Jazz, presented by the KC Chamber and American Jazz Museum. Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in KCMO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Event attendees will be treated to a free, live performance by the Kansas City Jazz Academy, access to the Museum’s 20th anniversary exhibition: The Legacy Plays On, a drink ticket to be used at The Blue Room, free admission to Steppin’ on the Vine (a First Friday exclusive dance class featuring Chicago style steppin’) following the event, an exciting street fair featuring vendors, food, and live music, and finally, a celebration of the entire Crossroads community - East and West.
Cost is only $5 - to purchase your ticket, click here. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Kansas City Jazz Academy, a free, hands-on performance program where students from ages 3 to 12 learn the jazz language directly through work with top educators. For more detailed information, contact Tayler Hammersmith at (816) 374-5480 or email Special thanks to sponsors The American Jazz Museum, The Blue Room, Kansas City Jazz Academy, Lifted Spirits Distillery, and Kansas City Councilman Jermaine Reed for helping put on this event. KC Chamber networking sponsors include Mazuma, Sprint, and University Health.
Want to get in on some free morning networking in a place that motivates you to be well and lead a healthy lifestyle? Well, look no further than Hitch Fit.
On July 21, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, the KC Chamber is hosting their July Morning Schmooze at Hitch Fit, located at 7431 W 91st St in Overland Park, KS. Come network to your heart's content at the #1 gym of transformations. Hitch Fit goes beyond personal training - the goal is to aid clients in changing their mind, body and lives via proper nutrition, exercise, and positive mental attitude. For more information on Hitch Fit, click here. For more information and to register for the Morning Schmooze, follow this link. Any questions regarding this event can be directed to Tayler Hammersmith at (816) 374-5480 or email This event is free for KC Chamber members, and $15 for non-members. Huge thanks to KC Chamber's 2017 networking sponsors MazumaSprint, and University Health as well as Morning Schmooze sponsor, Ruckus Creative Group.

Discover your inner yogi and achieve your zen in the middle of bustling Kansas City this July as the KC Chamber hosts its monthly Yoga in the City event.
Taking place on the Crown Center Lawn (next to the Ice Terrace) at 2450 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, on July 25 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Yoga in the City is a popular event for locals. It is a free yoga series hosted at a number of scenic venues in the Greater Kansas City region. The goal of Yoga in the City is to encourage and engage community members to be active and healthy while also showcasing organizations that value health and wellness.
For more information, contact Madison Rich at (816) 374-5434 or email her at To register for this free event, click here. Thanks to sponsors Lead Bank and Pro Athlete as well as July sponsor BNIM.
Join the KC Chamber and our community partners as we celebrate all that diversity and inclusion entails and much more at the July 26 POWER of Diversity Breakfast.
Taking place at the Muehlebach Hotel at 12th and Wyandotte from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, the KC Chamber’s POWER of Diversity Breakfast is the region’s premier celebration of the metro area’s culturally diverse business community, recognizing diverse workforce members and businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion. This year’s POWER of Diversity Celebration will feature the results of the first Regional Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices Survey. The KC Chamber will also present ACE Awards to mid-to-senior level diverse managers who are leaving a positive impact on their company’s profitability and increasing their diversity efforts in the workplace. New in 2017, a Supplier Diversity ACE Award will go to a mid-to-senior level diverse manager who is accomplishing dramatic growth in increasing supplier diversity.
Cost of attendance is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. To register for this event, click here. For more information or questions regarding this breakfast, contact Greg Valdovino at (816) 374-5494 or email
Special thanks to presenting sponsors Hallmark Cards and KCP&L; to Cornerstone Sponsors DST SystemsREACH Healthcare Foundation , Saint Luke’s Health Systems, and UMB; to Pillar of Diversity Sponsors American Century InvestmentsBlack & VeatchKansas City University of Medicine & BiosciencesPolsinelli, and Sprint; to Community Supporter Sponsors Bank MidwestBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas CityBurns & McDonnellChildren's MercyEPIC Innovative EventsGarminHoneywellHusch BlackwellJE DunnKVC Health SystemsLathrop GageKOFAX (formerly Lexmark Enterprise Software)Shook, Hardy and Bacon, and State Street; as well as Annual Diversity & Inclusion Sponsors HCA Midwest HealthHNTBStinson Leonard StreetThe University of KansasTruman Medical Centers, and MOSAIC Life Care. Without them this event would not be possible.