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Your Chamber At Work - October 16, 2017



FROM THE KC CHAMBER'S PRESIDENT AND CEO

If you’ve gone to the website betterkci.org lately, you’ll notice it’s changed. 

Last spring, Kansas City Area Development Council, Civic Council, and the KC Chamber combined forces to promote the business case for a new, single terminal. We conducted our own polls and focus groups following a year of joint research into the need for a new terminal. We developed our own marketing materials, videos, a website, solicited support from local businesses, and developed a tag line for our education campaign:  “A Better KCI.”

We’ve used those materials in the 100+ presentations we’ve made to businesses and organizations throughout the region. Now the political campaign is underway, led by the Dover Group, which successfully steered last April’s KCMO general obligation bond issue. The campaign apparently liked what we came up with, and asked for permission to use “A Better KCI” as their campaign theme. Our organization quickly agreed.

So now when you go betterkci.org, you’ll find the website for the political campaign. You can still find the site we created, but with a new address:  http://business.betterkci.org

Meanwhile, we’re still scheduling presentations and plan to continue up to the November 7 election, making the business case for “A Better KCI” – a case made Sunday in this Kansas City Star editorial.



SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS AT SCHMOOZE

For just one day (unless you decide to make it your thing), you can be a part of the local climbing community in Kansas City. RoKC is hosting a fun Morning Schmooze for networking on October 20 in their impressive facility. More than 15,000 sq ft of custom climbing walls are featured, with a large and comfortable community space. The historic building has kept its industrial feel and you will love its vibe and amenities. Plus, RoKC was recently named a Healthy KC Certified Silver workplace, so you can congratulate their team on that achievement and find out how they earned it. Join us for Schmooze from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at RoKC, 1501 Howell St. in North Kansas City. This is free networking for Chamber members, and only $15 for non-members. You can register online here. Morning Schmooze is sponsored by Ruckus Creative Group, and the KC Chamber’s networking sponsors, Mazuma, Sprint, and University Health.



MOVING TOWARDS RACIAL EQUITY

Glenn Harris, president of the racial justice nonprofit organization Race Forward, is coming to Kansas City on October 24 to discuss the reality of race and its historical, cultural and institutional impact. He’ll also talk about the need to reimagine the roles and practices of community and government in addressing inequity. Glenn takes an institutional and structural approach to racism and provides policy solutions that cross multiple institutions. He calls himself a “recovering bureaucrat” since prior to his nonprofit work, he spent about 15 years working for the City of Seattle, managing the city’s race and social justice initiative. Here is some additional background information about Harris.
 
Join us from 9 am to 10:30 a.m. in the KC Chamber’s Board Room at Union Station, 30 W Pershing Road, next door to Pierpont’s. There is no cost to attend but please RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough seats available. Breakfast will be provided. RSVP to Sidney Peterson, peterson@growyourgiving.org or (816) 627-3414. This event is co-hosted by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the KC Chamber.



YOGA IN THE CITY

Yoga in the City is a free session hosted at a number of different venues throughout Greater Kansas City. 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. On October 24, we’ll travel to Shawnee Mission Health for yoga. Fresh off the announcement of their Healthy KC Platinum workplace wellness certification, Shawnee Mission Health will highlight several of their initiatives from 5:30-6:30 p.m. while you pose and learn. The yoga session will take place on the large grassy area south of the Shawnee Mission Cancer Center parking lot, on the campus of Shawnee Mission Medical Center (weather permitting). This is free for all KC Chamber members and non-members - register online here. Meet us at 9100 W. 74th St. in Shawnee Mission, KS. This event is sponsored by Lead Bank and Pro Athlete.



TOP NOTCH NETWORKING AT TOPGOLF

Invite your staff and business partners along to enjoy Topgolf fun and new business connections. At Business After Hours on November 6, you can enjoy appetizers while you perfect your swing or incite a little friendly competition.  Register for door prizes from local businesses. This event is fun for golfers and non-golfers alike. From 5-7 pm at Topgolf, 10611 Nall in Overland Park, we’ll be celebrating Business After Hours. A cash bar will be available. Cost to attend is $5 for KC Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Online registration is available. The KC Chamber’s 2017 networking sponsors are MazumaSprint, and University Health. Business After Hours is sponsored by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, HCA Midwest Health, HNTB, and the Kansas City Star. Contact Tayler Hammersmith if you have questions, hammersmith@kcchamber.com.