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Your Chamber At Work - July 10, 2017


In 2005, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation issued its “Time to Get It Right” report, focusing on how best to improve higher education in the region. Among its recommendations – support and enhance one of the area’s educational centers of excellence – the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri –Kansas City.
That was one of the factors behind the Chamber’s decision to make a new downtown conservatory/arts campus one of our “Big 5” goals for Kansas City. Already renowned, the Conservatory then – and now – occupied three different and dilapidated buildings on UMKC’s Volker campus.
The State of Missouri has a “matching” plan for capital projects – pledging to match whatever private dollars are raised for a project. Jump-started by a $20 million grant from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City raised a total of $48 million for the new downtown arts campus.
Chamber Board member Warren Erdman led the effort in the Missouri legislature to secure the state’s half of the project funding. The Missouri Senate and House overwhelmingly approved the measure. And then Governor Greitens vetoed it, dismissing it as a project for “art students and dancers.” We believe, quite to the contrary, that the Conservatory contributes greatly to the cultural and economic vitality of Kansas City.
The Missouri Board of Curators says it will announce a new funding plan in September.
We are surprised and disappointed by the governor’s veto, and we’re not alone. Here’s what others are saying:

On August 8, from 7:30 to 9:00 am, network and enjoy a light breakfast with a panel discussion on the Workplace Wellness topic of Design Build Environment, which is the most recently added Healthy KC pillar of health. (If you haven’t filled out an application for Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Certification, you’ll find new questions about design build environment in it here.) Our host is HOK, located at 300 W 22nd St, where guests will be treated to tours of their office following the panel discussion and Q&A.
Parking will be validated in the parking garage directly across from the HOK building. If you are able to attend please RSVP.  For any questions or additional information, contact Madison Rich at Healthy KC Sponsors include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Foundation Supporters Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and REACH Healthcare Foundation; Corporate Champion Sponsors Mosaic Life Care and Shawnee Mission Health; Advocate Sponsors DST and Saint Luke’s Health System; Media Sponsors the Kansas City Star and KMBC-TV. Supporter Sponsors include Burns & McDonnell, CBIZ/MHMCommunityAmerica Credit Union, Garmin, HCA Midwest Health, JE Dunn, Staples Business Advantage, the University of Kansas, and Waddell & Reed.
At the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, Chiefs Kickoff Luncheon guests will have the opportunity to hear from Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, and Head Coach Andy Reid on the exciting outlook for the upcoming season, meet current Chiefs players and cheerleaders, and talk football and business over lunch with the player at your table. Don't miss out on this fantastic event, purchase tickets and reserve your table here! Tickets are only $100, which guarantees a player or coach at your table, or $75 without. Fill a table with your company’s MVPs if you like. Contact Morgan Moravec at (816) 374-5489 or email with any questions.
Many thanks to our Kickoff sponsors Lockton Companies and Missouri Gas Energy; and our Touchdown sponsors, American Century InvestmentsArvest BankECCO SelectGrant ThorntonHoneywell, and UMB. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.
Taking place in the Kansas City Chamber's Board Room in Union Station on September 12 from 8 to 9:30 am, Know Your Chamber is a high-level conversation between members and the KC Chamber’s President and CEO, Joe Reardon. Enjoy networking with KC Chamber members and leadership. This event is ideal for new members of the Chamber and also companies that want to revitalize their membership and get engaged.

For any questions, please contact Vicky Kulikov at (816) 374-5458 or at This event is only available to Chamber members. Register online by logging in here.
Join the KC Chamber on Friday, August 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the Kansas Legislative Wrap Up & Move Forward Luncheon. Taking place at Hereford House in Leawood, located at 5001 Town Center Drive, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman, and House Minority Leader Jim Ward will share their perspectives on the 2017 session, as well as their thoughts on what may lie ahead in 2018.
Cost of attendance is $40 for members and $55 for non members. Guests must register by August 10. Members of the Chamber’s Public Policy Council will receive a limited number of complimentary seats upon registration. For more information, contact Shavon Brown at (816) 374-5406 or email