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Your Chamber At Work - December 4, 2017



FROM THE KC CHAMBER'S PRESIDENT AND CEO

Transportation is the KC Chamber’s new Big 5. Outgoing Chamber Chair Karen Daniel made the announcement at our Annual Dinner meeting. “While parts of our community are well-connected to public transit,” she said, “an analysis by Brookings found that only 18 percent of all jobs in the region are reachable by transit. The solution to that challenge will be solved through innovation and emerging technology.”
 
The two priorities of the new Big 5 goal:  to develop an integrated transit system that results in improved job access, and to become a national leader in multimodal transportation innovation.
 
As Annual Dinner speaker Brian McClendon pointed out, transportation is changing in radical ways – think Uber, autonomous vehicles, even flying cars – and that change is happening at an incredibly fast rate.
 
As part of the new Big 5, the Chamber will partner with Google on a new Urban Mobility Platform. KC is one of a handful of global cities chosen by Google for the pilot project and it’s an amazing opportunity for our region to work with Google on workforce, urban mobility, and transportation insights. Google’s platform is still being developed and we expect more details in January.
 
Transportation has always been key to Kansas City’s economic wellbeing. Now we need to connect people with opportunity so that business can thrive. We need to think about short-term investment and long-term strategies. What will the future bring?



AND THE KANSAS CITIAN OF THE YEAR IS…
 
Last year’s Kansas Citian of the Year, Don Hall, Jr., explained Dr. Jensen’s selection. “Through his leadership and collaboration, Dr. Jensen has brought NCI (National Cancer Institute) designation to our town, and has changed cancer care and the quality of life for everyone in Kansas City.”
 
Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Jensen returned to the area to become Director of the Cancer Center. In the eight years that followed, he guided the Cancer Center to NCI designation, one of only 69 such centers in the U.S. Today’s most advanced cancer clinical trials are available only at NCI-designated Cancer Centers.
 
“Dr. Jensen is passionate in his fight against cancer,” says Chamber President/CEO Joe Reardon, “and his leadership has brought front-line cancer research and treatment to our region.”



HARNESSING A GLOBAL WORKFORCE

The KC Chamber, along with partners Agriculture Business Council of Kansas City, Gateways KC, KC Rising, and New American Economy, will host a roundtable event on December 6 to cover the DREAM Act and DACA. Get the facts about the economic impact of DACA on Kansas and Missouri. Learn the basics of DACA and the DREAM Act. Hear perspective from a panel of immigration experts. The Harnessing a Global Workforce event will be held in the KC Chamber’s Board Room at Union Station, 30 W Pershing Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event includes lunch (with your reservation). Please register here. If you’d like to see a letter that was sent to Kansas and Missouri congressional delegations by the KC Chamber regarding “dreamers”, you’ll find it here.



TRUMP EFFECTS
 
On December 14, at the next KC Chamber Polsinelli Public Policy Speaker Series event, pollster Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies will break down a variety of national polling data and provide an up-to-the minute analysis of what is driving the American voter at this point in time, including the Trump Effect. The event will be held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This will be an up-to-date, KC-centric look at the 2018 midterms, including projections and banter about the red state-blue state prospects for the next federal elections. Cost to attend is $40 for KC Chamber members, and $55 for non-members. Register here and let Shavon Brown know if you have questions, (816) 374-5406 or email brown@kcchamber.com. Thank you to Polsinelli for their support of this informative series!



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