About

The KC Chamber Knows Kansas City Business

While all the area’s largest employers are members of the KC Chamber, approximately 90 percent of Chamber members are defined as small businesses with fewer than 250 full time employees.

Our Organization

  • We are a membership organization that represents more than 2,250 companies and 300,000 employees across the Greater Kansas City region.
  • Our geographical representation serves 15 counties in the bi-state area: the Missouri counties of Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray; and the Kansas counties of Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte.

Why the Chamber?

  • We focus on three key areas that benefit members: growing the region’s economy, advocating businesses’ interests in the public policy arena, and providing innovative programs and resources that help members grow their businesses.
  • The KC Chamber also helps grow businesses by expanding their connectivity and visibility in the business community.

Thinking Above the State Line

  • You can get engaged and be a part of the region’s growth. Getting involved in the KC metro area business community with KC Chamber events, programs, and leadership opportunities is the first place to start.

At the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, we are open and clear about our organizational values. We want our current and prospective members, the communities in which we live and serve, and the governing officials with whom we interact to know of these values and to judge our merit as an organization by the strength and consistency with which our deeds match our words.

MISSION

Leading the way to the best KC region.

VISION

Growing Together, we are nationally recognized for growth, prosperity, and inclusion.

Strategic Objectives

Our Strategic Objectives reflect our commitment to provide dynamic and inclusive leadership with focus on the critical elements of a vibrant community that works for all. Advocacy through Public Policy initiatives will continue to be the backbone of our efforts to improve the KC region.

Achieve Regional Vitality

Kansas City’s future growth is tied to a regional focus and alignment. Our challenges and opportunities expand far beyond any one jurisdiction or state. We will drive our competitiveness by developing and supporting regional strategies to insure a better place to live and work that will lift everyone.

Enhance Transportation Infrastructure

A robust transportation network has historically been critical to KC’s growth and vitality and this remains true today. We will advocate for and support initiatives that enhance regional surface transportation, rail and aviation efforts essential to sustaining a dynamic business climate. A more connected KC region will spur growth and prosperity.

Strengthen Our Workforce

Attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce is essential to KC’s growth and vitality. We will align area educational systems with the needs of business to build a well trained and dependable pipeline of talent. Continuing to promote inclusivity is essential to attracting and retaining the best and brightest workers and we will work to improve productivity of the workforce through Healthy KC.

Create Sustainable Jobs

Quality, sustainable jobs created through entrepreneurism fuels business growth and establishes legacy roots within the community for generations to come.

Serve Tomorrow’s Members

Business leaders ascend to senior positions faster than ever before. We will continue to drive organizational excellence while adapting our programming to accommodate the increasing velocity of change within the business community.

Big 5 Initiatives

First conceived in 2011 and now incorporated within our strategic objectives, the Big 5 are key community priorities identified by the Chamber and engaged by it and the region's leading organizations.

Our History

Over the years, the KC Chamber has been behind creation of a city water system, KC’s parks and boulevards system, construction of Union Station, Liberty Memorial, two airports, KCMO City Hall, and several convention centers.

Union Station

In December 2010, the KC Chamber moved its offices to historic Union Station. The move was certainly appropriate, given the fact that the KC Chamber supported both the original construction of the massive building, and led the renovation of the venerable structure in the 1990s.

Other Helpful Organizations

We are not typical of most local chambers in that we are not directly involved in either the economic development or convention/visitors functions. Those efforts are handled by two separate organizations:  Kansas City Area Development Council and Visit KC.