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Your Chamber At Work - July 24, 2017


A good crowd at this past Friday’s Transportation Committee meeting, with updates on the Broadway/Buck O’Neil Bridge, the latest from both the Missouri (MoDOT) and Kansas Departments of Transportation (KDOT), and a Better KCI. 
  • Buck O’Neil Bridge:  the bridge has deteriorated faster than expected, and something needs to be done. It’s a state bridge, and MoDOT has proposed closing the bridge for two years to redeck the old bridge. That’s not acceptable – 44,000 vehicles use that bridge daily and it’s a critical connection to the growing Northland.

    So the KC Chamber and the Northland Chamber have convened an advisory group (just as we did to get the Bond Bridge built) to come up with an alternative solution. The issue, as usual, is funding. A replacement bridge would cost between $160 and $200 million. We’ll keep you posted on progress.
  • MoDOT – Transportation wasn’t on the agenda of the most-recent session of the Missouri Legislature, but a bipartisan task force has been formed and is expected to come up with a variety of solutions for consideration in the 2018 session. The next hearing for the task force is this Wednesday, July 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Chamber’s Union Station Board Room.
  • KDOT – Kansas legislators approved $400 million in bonding for the agency, to be used over the next several years for road preservation projects.
I closed out the session with my – count ‘em – 45th presentation on the need for a new single terminal at KCI, and it’s a presentation I’m happy to give to your company or organization. Just contact the Chamber’s Nancy Phelps, and she’ll be glad to get it scheduled.

Taking place at the Muehlebach Hotel at 12th and Wyandotte from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, the KC Chamber’s POWER of Diversity Breakfast is the region’s premier celebration of the metro area’s culturally diverse business community, recognizing diverse workforce members and corporations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion. This year’s POWER of Diversity Celebration will feature the results of the first Regional Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices Survey. The KC Chamber will also present ACE Awards to mid-to-senior level diverse managers who are leaving 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. The guest speaker at this event will be Chris Brassell, director of PwC US Office of Inclusion & Talent Management.
Cost of attendance is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. To register for this event, click here. For more information or questions regarding this breakfast, contact Greg Valdovino at (816) 374-5494 or email him at

Special thanks to presenting sponsors Hallmark Cards and KCP&L; to Cornerstone Sponsors DST SystemsREACH Healthcare Foundation , Saint Luke’s Health Systems, and UMB; to Pillar of Diversity Sponsors American Century InvestmentsBlack & VeatchKansas City University of Medicine & BiosciencesPolsinelli, and Sprint; to Community Supporter Sponsors Bank MidwestBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas CityBurns & McDonnellChildren's MercyEPIC Innovative EventsGarminHoneywellHusch BlackwellJE DunnKVC Health SystemsLathrop GageKOFAX (formerly Lexmark Enterprise Software)Shook, Hardy and Bacon, and State Street; as well as Annual Diversity & Inclusion Sponsors  HCA Midwest HealthHNTBStinson Leonard StreetThe University of KansasTruman Medical Centers, and MOSAIC Life Care. Without them this event would not be possible.


Schmooze:  to talk intimately and cozily, talk, converse, mingle, mix, hobnob, network.
It’s a perfect description of the KC Chamber’s Morning Schmooze sessions!
Mark your calendars:  the next Morning Schmooze will be Friday, August 18, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Alphapointe, 7501 Prospect, in KCMO. It’s free for KC Chamber members, $15 for non-members, and includes networking, a light breakfast, and door prizes.
Alphapointe is an amazing organization, providing employment and support for people who are visually impaired. In fact, Alphapointe is one of the largest employers of people with visual disabilities in the U.S.
Come learn about their important work, and schmooze with friends and business associates both new and old.

For more information and to register for the Morning Schmooze, follow this link. Any questions regarding this event can be directed towards Tayler Hammersmith who can be contacted at (816) 374-5480 or emailed at

This event is free for KC Chamber members, and $15 for non-members. Huge thanks to the KC Chamber's 2017 networking sponsors MazumaSprint, and University Health as well as Morning Schmooze sponsor, Ruckus Creative Group.


Healthy KC has aimed to create a regional workplace health and wellness certification program that recognizes area organizations for innovation and excellence in promoting a culture of health in the workplace. You can read more of their report to the Healthy KC Commission here.

Interested in certification? Many businesses in the Kansas City area have been certified, and this year several Gold level certified Healthy KC Companies have agreed to be Mentors. The Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Mentor Program is open to any and all companies in Kansas City. If you are interested in learning more or would like to sign up to be a mentee, please refer to the Healthy KC Mentor Guide, here. To become certified in Workplace Wellness, fill out the Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Certification Application here.


As a business owner, you know that most states (and many contracts) require you to provide coverage for your employees in case they’re injured on the job. However, good news for all KC Chamber members- you're eligible to receive up to 40% off Workers' Comp insurance through our Cost Saving Benefit from Mylo, a Lockton company.  

Already have Workers' Comp but want to use your KC Chamber discount? Due to the way Workers’ Comp is regulated, changing your coverage mid-term can cause complications and cost you money. Even if your expiration date isn’t close, Mylo can work up a quote for you so you can see what your potential savings would look like.

Plus, an opportunity for Kansas City small business owners: Get a $200 gift card for 90 minutes of your time helping our partner Mylo help you! Participate in Small Biz Focus Groups, August 1 at Lockton’s headquarters. Click here to sign up. To learn more, go to: