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Your Chamber At Work - February 21, 2017


Yes. Another Yes. And a third Yes.
When KCMO voters go to the polls April 4, they’ll be determining the fate of an $800-million bond issue to repair the city’s aging infrastructure. The KC Chamber and the Civic Council have jointly announced our support of the bond package.
Actually, voters will face three questions once they get to the polls. Here’s how it breaks down:
Question 1 – Roads, bridges, and sidewalks. This would provide $600 million over the next 20 years to help pay for street and bridge repairs throughout the city, and will create a city-funded sidewalk repair program. Homeowners would no longer be responsible for those costs.
Question 2 – Flood control. This would provide $150 million, again spread out over 20 years, to help pay for much-needed flood control projects. The city dollars would then be matched by federal funds, saving taxpayers money.
Question 3 – Public buildings and animal shelter. This measure provides $50 million in funding to help public buildings and city parks more accessible to those with disabilities, and would build a new animal shelter to replace the dilapidated structure now in use (private funds have also been pledged to help build the shelter).
Taken together, voter approval of these three questions will make a big dent in the city’s deferred maintenance backlog. It’s both thoughtful and appropriate – and we urge you to vote “yes” on all three measures.
You can find more information here.

Unwind after work and make some new connections on February 23 at the KC Chamber’s Business After Hours networking event with the NAIA. Join us from 5-7 p.m. downtown at the NAIA National Office, 1200 Grand Blvd., to hear about plans for the 80th annual NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship. It is a treasured Kansas City event and guests will have a chance to win tickets and event VIP passes. (The tournament takes place March 15-21 at Municipal Auditorium.) The cost to attend Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members, which includes two drink tickets and appetizers. Parking will be available in the Town Pavilion Parking Garage – please bring your parking ticket with you and it can be validated.
Register online for this event to expedite your check-in! Business After Hours is sponsored by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, HCA Midwest Health, HNTB, and the Kansas City Star. The KC Chamber’s 2016 Networking Sponsors are Mazuma, Sprint, and University Health.
Five-a-side soccer is an exciting, fast-paced game that is perfect for social players and seasoned pros. The smaller field and limited number of players on the field give you more time to dribble, pass, shoot, and score. Learn more about this style of game at The Soccer Lot, for the March 10 Morning Schmooze. From 8:30 to 10 a.m., at 2525 Jefferson in Kansas City, you can check out their two indoor fields at The Soccer Lot. Find out how to rent the fields, join a league, or participate in a pick-up game while you connect with new Chamber members and reconnect with colleagues and acquaintances. Please register online. Morning Schmooze is free member networking ($15 for non-members) sponsored by Ruckus Creative Group. The KC Chamber’s 2017 Networking Sponsors include MazumaSprint, and University Health.
Meet local companies that work globally on March 6, when the KC Chamber’s World Trade Center and entrepreneurship teams co-host a panel discussion on innovative companies working outside the U.S. market. Mary Rooney of MIQ Logistics will moderate a panel that includes Jeff Krum, President of Boulevard Brewing; Walt Lester, Owner of Spiceman Enterprises; and Ben Kittrell, Co-Founder of Doodlekit (the KC Chamber’s 2016 International Small Business of the Year). The conversation will run from 4-5:30 p.m., followed by a networking reception. There is no cost to attend, but please register here.
Thank you to the KC Chamber’s sponsors for entrepreneurial programming. They include Strategic Partner Benefactor Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, H&R Block, JE Dunn Construction, and Sprint. Strategic Partners include CBIZ, Shook Hardy & Bacon, and UMB. Strategic Supporters include Bank of Blue Valley, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Husch Blackwell, and the University of Kansas.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) negatively affect everyone in our community in one way or another. More unaddressed adversities mean more likelihood of poor health outcomes later in life. On February 28, you can learn more about the Resilient KC movement to help our community build resilience to toxic stresses. Join us for a light lunch at Mosaic Life Care to get strategies on how to focus on personal resilience and also build a more resilient workplace. Check-in, networking, and lunch run from 11:15 a.m. to noon, with the program from noon to 1 p.m. This event is free for KC Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Please register in advance so that we may plan for your lunch. Mosaic Life Care is located at 8880 NE 82nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64158.
Thank you to our Healthy KC sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Foundation Supporters include Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and REACH Healthcare Foundation. Corporate Champion Sponsors are Mosaic Life Care and Shawnee Mission Health. Advocate Sponsors include Saint Luke’s Health System and DST. Media Sponsors are filmMED, the Kansas City Star, and KMBC TV. Supporter Sponsors are Burns & McDonnell, CBIZ, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, HCA Midwest Health, Garmin, JE Dunn Construction, Staples, the University of Kansas, and Waddell & Reed.
Don’t forget to take the Resilient KC ACEs survey here if you have not yet, to learn how resilient you are to your own toxic stress. Please encourage others to take the survey as well, as this aggregate of (anonymous) data will aid in planning strategies to help our community become more resilient.