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Your Chamber At Work - May 15, 2017


The conversation about what to do with Kansas City International Airport took a new turn last week, as KCMO Mayor James and Burns & McDonnell CEO Ray Kowalik announced a proposed memorandum of understanding under which Burns & McDonnell would finance, design, and build a new single terminal at KCI Airport. The MOU is expected to be introduced at the City Council later this week for consideration.

As you know, the KC Chamber Board has endorsed the concept of a single terminal, and we’ve begun an educational campaign to share the business and economic development case for a “Better KCI.” We’re working in partnership with the Civic Council, Kansas City Area Development Council, the Northland Regional Chamber, the Platte County Economic Development Corporation, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri and VisitKC.

You’re invited to join in the conversation and learn about our educational campaign about KCI. We’ve scheduled three education sessions for our members, all to be held in the Chamber Board Room at Union Station: There’s no cost to attend. Please join us to learn more about a “Better KCI.”


Centurions is a two-year program of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce that helps to build community awareness through volunteerism, study of community issues, and leadership opportunities. The rigorous selection process includes an online application with letters of reference, and face to face interviews with active and alumni Centurions. The program is celebrating 40 years of training leaders in 2017. You can take a look back at the Chamber’s blog for perspective from past participants. You can learn more information about the application process (and start it) here at If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact the Chamber’s Centurions Program Manager, Kasey Anderson, at or (816) 374-5472. Thank you to this year’s Centurions sponsors, Burns and McDonnell, H&R Block, and Hallmark.


Get new insights and make fantastic connections within the region’s procurement pipeline at the KC Chamber’s next Procurement Event, Friday June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Board Room at Union Station, next door to Pierpont’s. Suppliers will have the opportunity to meet face to face with KC’s leading purchasing officers, from companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Burns and McDonnell, DST Systems, and more. In addition, a panel of experts from the Women’s Business Center will share best practices in certifying your business. Also, you’ll hear from small businesses that navigated the certification process and secured corporate contracts as a result. The event is free for KC Chamber members, and just $10 for non-members. Please register online in advance, as space is limited. If you have questions about this event, please contact Greg Valdovino, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, at (816) 374-5494 or email

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and Supporting Sponsors Burns and McDonnell and DST Systems.


Did you know there is event space available at Lifted Spirits distillery in the Crossroads? At Business After Hours on June 14, you can tour that and more, with the company’s founders as your guide. Invite your company’s event planners to check out the space for future happy hours and corporate events. The KC Chamber is bringing together businesses of all sizes and industries, from throughout the metro area, for networking and socializing. This event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Lifted Spirits, 1734 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO.

The admission price of $5 per Chamber member and $25 per non-member includes one drink ticket and appetizers. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. On-street parking is available. Please register online. Business After Hours is sponsored by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, HCA Midwest Health, HNTB, and the Kansas City Star. Food provided by Brancato's Catering. The KC Chamber’s 2017 Networking Sponsors are Mazuma, Sprint, and University Health.


There is so much to talk about with the economy, we hope we can squeeze it all into an hour and a half! Join us for an informative and enlightening discussion on June 29, at the Mid-Year Economic Forecast. Find out how politics and the current administration are having an effect on economic indicators, here and abroad. Waddell & Reed is presenting the event, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Board Room at Union Station, 30 W Pershing Road. Expert presenters include Phil Sanders, CEO and CIO of Waddell & Reed Financial, Derek Hamilton, SVP and Global Economist for Ivy Investment Company and Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company, and Frank Lenk, Director of Research Services for Mid-America Regional Council. This event is for Chamber members and guests only; the price is $10 per person. You can register online here.