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Your Chamber At Work - October 30, 2017


Please…if you’re a Kansas City, Missouri resident, vote “Yes” on Question 1 for “A Better KCI.” A new single terminal is essential for jobs, our regional growth, and our economic future.
Recent polling has shown a slim majority of KCMO voters are in favor of a new terminal, so the election will depend on voter turnout. In other words, who shows up at the polls November 7 – the ayes or the nays.
Critics of the proposal like to point to the airlines’ refusal to guarantee new flights. My response to that:  well, they’ve said they won’t ramp up at KCI without a new terminal, so without it, improved air service is dead in the water. Meanwhile, we’re watching Southwest add new flights to St. Louis and international flights going to other cities.
Our businesses – large and small – need better air service, and we won’t get it without a new terminal.
There are other arguments for “A Better KCI.”  If you don’t use the airport, you don’t pay. Drop off/pickup will be more convenient, with different levels for each and designated lanes for buses, taxis, and the like. Security will be set back from the curb with space for TSA pre-check lanes and space to accommodate future security apparatus. And once you’re in the gate area, you won’t have to sit on the floor or stand in line for a restroom. (In case you missed it, the Kansas City Star published an informative article over the weekend comparing the convenience of KCI to three newer airports.) 
So if you’re a KCMO voter, mark your calendar for November 7 and then cast your ballot. If you don’t live in KCMO, convince your friends and co-workers who do to vote “Yes” on Question 1.


Learn how the pros handle workplace wellness in their organizations over your lunch hour on November 9, when reps from four Healthy KC Certified companies share their best practices. Amie Hankel of Global Prairie, Nancy Whitworth of McCownGordon Construction, Chris Hawkins of Pro Athlete, and Michelle Kruse of Center School District will give ideas from each of the pillars of health in the Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Application. This Healthy KC Networking Forum will take place at KCP&L, 1200 Main St, from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. on November 19. It is free for KC Chamber members, and $10 for non-members. Lunch is included for this event, provided by Presenting Sponsor Eat Fit Go. Please RSVP. Specific parking instructions are available online. Please contact Madison Rich at if you have questions. Healthy KC is presented by the KC Chamber in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, along with a broad coalition of business and community supporters.


For one gala evening, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the KC Chamber convenes nearly 2000 leaders from the business and civic community for networking and camaraderie at the Kansas City Convention Center. It’s an opportunity for Chamber leaders to share accomplishments and priorities for the region with our members. On this night, the KC Chamber will ceremoniously transition leadership from Karen Daniel of Black & Veatch, outgoing Board Chair, to Matt Condon of ARC Physical Therapy+/Bardavon, incoming Board Chair. And don’t forget the surprise announcement of the Kansas Citian of the Year, one of the highest honors of the civic and business community. The event begins with a networking reception at 5 p.m., prior to dinner and program. The 2017 Annual Dinner is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and Polsinelli; featuring premier sponsors Burns & McDonnell, Hallmark Cards, and UMB, along with dozens additional of the business community’s most prestigious companies in sponsorship roles. If you would like to participate in the KC Chamber’s Annual Dinner, please RSVP quickly, as the event sells out each year with a wait list. Tickets are $150 each and available for KC Chamber members and their guests only. Few tables remain. If you have questions about the dinner, please contact Taylor Hartley, (816) 374-5435 or email Follow along with the KC Chamber (@kcchamber) and post your own thoughts in the weeks leading up to Annual Dinner at #TogetherKC.    


Come for a high level conversation with the KC Chamber’s President and CEO, Joe Reardon, and 2018 Chair Elect, Michael Hagedorn of UMB, at the next Know Your Chamber, on December 7. Get a macro level overview of the Chamber’s 2018 priorities while you network with Chamber members and the leadership team. This event will take place in the Chamber Board Room at Union Station, 30 W Pershing, next door to Pierpont’s, from 8-9:30 a.m. It is free for Chamber members. Please RSVP online. Questions? Contact Tayler Hammersmith, (816) 374-5480. The Chamber’s 2017 networking sponsors are Mazuma, Sprint, and University Health.


Neil Newhouse, founder of Public Opinion Strategies, and leader of polling operations for candidates and ballot issues across the nation, heads to Kansas City on December 14 to talk politics with the KC Chamber. He’ll present polling data and analyze it for us, so that we can all have a greater understanding of what is driving the American voter. Prospects for the next state and federal elections are all part of his presentation. Join us at InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza, in the Rooftop Ballroom, 401 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri, from 7:30-9 a.m. The cost to attend this breakfast is $40 for Chamber members and $55 for non-members. Register online. KC Chamber Public Policy Council members receive up to two complimentary seats upon reservation by calling Shavon Brown at (816) 374-5406. All reservations must be paid in advance, and reservations cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice cannot be refunded. Thank you to Polsinelli for their sponsorship and leadership in this event series.