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Your Chamber At Work - May 30, 2017


The City of KCMO announced today that it is opening up the bidding process for the design, building, and financing of a new single terminal at KCI Airport. The announcement was made at a news conference with Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte, and the Co-Chairs of the City Council’s Airport and Transportation & Infrastructure Joint Committee Jolie Justus and Jermaine Reed.
Burns & McDonnell previously submitted a proposed Memorandum of Understanding to replace the 45-year-old three-terminal configuration. Any new proposals must be received by June 20.
Today’s news doesn’t change the efforts of the KC Chamber and its partners in pushing for a “Better KCI.” While the City continues to drive the process to get us to the final “how” and the “what” of a new airport terminal, our organizations remain focused on the “why” – why a new terminal at KCI is desperately needed for a better Kansas City. Today’s announcement shows the high level of enthusiasm and interest in “A Better KCI,” further demonstrating the viability of a single terminal project.
We’ll continue making the business case for a new, single terminal. If you’d like to learn more, we invite you to attend the learning sessions on KCI scheduled this Friday, June 2 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.; Thursday, June 8 from noon to 1:00 p.m.; and June 8 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. All sessions are free and will be held in the Chamber Board Room at Union Station. I hope you can attend.

The Missouri House and Senate both approved $48 million in public bonds for UMKC’s Downtown Arts Campus – one of the KC Chamber’s Big 5 goals for Kansas City. The measure now sits on Governor Eric Greitens’ desk awaiting his signature.
Getting the funding through the General Assembly was no easy task, but was successful in large part thanks to UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton and Chamber Board member Warren Erdman, who led the effort in Jefferson City. Turning this Big 5 dream into reality is now up to the governor.
There were other wins in the 2017 session, including full funding of elementary and secondary education – a first. Tort reform and Real ID also passed.
Unfortunately, the Missouri Technology Corporation budget was slashed from $18 million to just $3.5 million, though originally the MTC budget was zeroed out (a partial victory?) The legislature also failed to pass a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, keeping Missouri’s status as the only state in the nation without one. And after much talk of ethics reform, nothing happened.
There’s always next year.

On June 2 and June 8, all Chamber members are invited to attend a session on why we need a Better KCI. These free events will be presented by Chamber President and CEO Joe Reardon, and he’ll walk you through the business case for maximum efficiency, increased capacity, expanded air service, and more. On June 2, we’ll be meeting at the Chamber Board Room in Union Station at 8 a.m. You can register for that session here. On June 8, also in the Board Room at Union Station, the session will begin at noon and feature a light lunch. Register here. If morning or noon don’t work with your schedule, consider the 4 p.m. session on June 8 in the Board Room at Union Station – register here.  
The KC Chamber’s POWER of Diversity Breakfast is set for Wednesday, July 26 at the Muehlebach Hotel at 12th and Wyandotte. At this breakfast, you can get the results of the Regional Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices Survey which is currently still live to take. You can take the survey here until June 1. You’ll also get to meet our Ace Award recipients and our new Supplier Diversity Ace. The KC Chamber will also present ACE Awards to mid-to-senior level diverse managers who are having a positive impact on their company’s profitability and increasing their diversity efforts in the workplace. New in 2017, a Supplier Diversity ACE Award will go to a mid-to-senior level diverse manager who is accomplishing dramatic growth in increasing supplier diversity. You can nominate your Aces until June 16. Nominate the Ace Award here, and nominate for the Supplier Diversity Ace Award here.
The POWER of Diversity event is one of the region’s largest celebrations of culturally diverse businesses, workforce members, and corporations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The cost to attend is $40 per Chamber member and $50 per non-member, with Tables of 10 available. Get your seats here. You can contact our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Greg Valdovino, with questions. His phone number is (816) 374-5494 and his email is
Presenting sponsors are Hallmark Cards and KCP&L.  Power of Diversity Breakfast Sponsors include: Cornerstone Sponsors DST SystemsREACH Healthcare FoundationSaint Luke’s Health Systems, and UMB.; Pillar of Diversity Sponsors include American Century InvestmentsBlack & VeatchKansas City University of Medicine & BiosciencesPolsinelli, and Sprint. Community Supporter Sponsors are Bank MidwestBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas CityBurns & McDonnell, Children’s Mercy, EPIC Innovative EventsGarminHoneywellHusch BlackwellJE Dunn, Lathrop & Gage, Lexmark Enterprise SoftwareShook, Hardy and Bacon, and State Street. Annual Diversity and Inclusion Sponsors include Supporting Sponsors HCA Midwest Health, HNTBStinson Leonard StreetThe University of KansasTruman Medical Centers, and MOSAIC Life Care.
The KC Chamber’s Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Certification process is “well” underway! Your company can be certified Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Honorable Mention when you fill out our application to see how your wellness efforts stack up. Even if you are just starting to grow your culture of health and wellness, it’s a good idea to go through the certification application to get some great ideas for how to proceed. Healthy KC is a partnership between the Chamber and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, along with dozens of other community and business partners. Workplace Wellness is one of the five areas of focus for Healthy KC. You can access the Healthy KC Workplace Wellness application here. Healthy KC is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and REACH Healthcare Foundation, Mosaic Life Care, Shawnee Mission Health, DST, Saint Luke’s Health System, the Kansas City Star, and KMBC-TV. Additional supporters include Burns & McDonnell, CBIZ/MHM, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Garmin, HCA Midwest Health, JE Dunn, Staples Business Advantage, The University of Kansas, and Waddell & Reed.