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Your Chamber At Work - October 2, 2017


“This will really be our airport.” That’s the rationale behind a group of young professionals who’ve come together to promote the need for a new single terminal at KCI Airport. They’re the ones, after all, who will be using the airport for the next several decades.
The “Better KCI Ambassadors” group is made up of millennials from the Chamber’s Centurions and genKC YP groups, the Northland Chamber, VisitKC, KCADC, and other organizations. They’re on social media (Twitter - @better_kci, and Facebook – betterkci) and have been organizing special “Flights of” events to encourage their peers to vote “yes” for a new terminal November 7.
Tuesday, October 3, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., YPs are invited to “Flights of Coffee” at the Roasterie, 1204 W. 27th Street, KCMO. (Thanks to Danny O’Neill for his generous hospitality.) The young folk can enjoy several varieties of coffee, network together, and learn more about why we need “A Better KCI.”
Please let your millennial colleagues know about this – and if you’re still in that demographic, come join us.


The KC Chamber’s Energy and Environment Forum on October 18 will include speakers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Following the forum, you can network with several energy officials and legislators from Missouri and Kansas.  The event is free for KC Chamber members and $15 for non-members. It will begin at 3:30 pm in the KC Chamber’s Board Room at Union Station, 30 W Pershing Road. Please register here. Presenting sponsor for this event is KCP&L, with additional support from Black & VeatchBrightergyBurns & McDonnellCVR EnergyHoneywellHusch BlackwellJE Dunn Construction GroupKansas City Board of Public Utilities, the Kansas City ChiefsMRIGlobalShook Hardy & Bacon, and Spencer Fane.


Conventional wisdom says it’s not what you know, but who you know. Make all the right contacts for your small business on October 12 at the KC Chamber’s next procurement event.   Matt Condon, incoming Chamber Chair and CEO of ARC Physical Therapy + and Bardavon Health Innovations, will share some of his experiences as he started and grew his companies. In addition, large businesses from a wide variety of industries will have purchasing officers on hand to meet and discuss their purchasing and supplier diversity programs. This event will take place in the KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station, next door to Pierpont’s, at 30 W Pershing Road, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is completely free for Chamber members with RSVP, and $10 for non-members. View the list of participating companies and register online here.

The KC Chamber can provide valuable experiences like this for our members because of the generous support of our sponsors. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is the presenting sponsor of this procurement event, and Burns & McDonnell and DST are event supporting sponsors. REACH Healthcare Foundation is our regional diversity sponsor in 2017. Supporting diversity sponsors include HNTBMosaic Life CareStinson Leonard StreetTruman Medical Centers, and the University of Kansas. If you have any questions, please contact the KC Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Director, Greg Valdovino. Email or call (816) 374-5494.


The KC Chamber and World Trade Center Kansas City are pleased to present industry experts in cyber security to address trends, innovations and the law.  This Cyber Security event will take place Thursday, October 26, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm in the KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station. It is free for KC Chamber members with RSVP. Speakers include Reinhold Umminger, CEBIT, Europe’s Conference for Innovation and Digitation; Michael Hoeflich, KU School of Law; Jim Duey, Intensive Systems Consulting; and Neil Anderson, Psicurity. For more information about this event, contact Christine Murray, (816) 374-5455 or email Thank you to the sponsors, including Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, H&R Block, JE Dunn Construction, and Sprint; CBIZ, Shook Hardy & Bacon and UMB; Bank of Blue Valley, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Husch Blackwell, and the University of Kansas.


Get expert opinions and vital information you need to make strategic decisions for the future of your business at the KC Chamber’s annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on October 26. The impact of recent natural disasters, the debt ceiling, tax overhaul, jobs, corrections in financial markets – we’ll cover as much as we possibly can in an hour and a half. Our speakers include: Jack Ablin, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for BMO Harris Bank; Broderick Johnson, a partner in Bryan Cave’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice; Jack Oliver, a Senior Policy advisor for Bryan Cave; and Frank Lenk, Director of Research for Mid-America Regional Council. Each attendee for this event will receive a copy of the printed Economic Forecast publication with their breakfast admission. The event will be held October 26, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, 200 W. 12th Street. The cost to attend is $50 per KC Chamber member or $60 per non-member, with a few tables of 10 still available. Please register online and contact Tiffany Friend if you have questions: (816) 374-5432 or email Presenting sponsors for this event include: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City, BMO Harris Bank, and Bryan Cave. Impact Sponsors are Black & Veatch, DST Systems, Grant Thornton, and UMB. Development Sponsors are Mobank/BOK Financial, Country Club Bank, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Deloitte, First National Bank, Hallmark, JE Dunn, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, McCownGordon Construction, and Shawnee Mission Health.