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  • 22 Oct 2017 10:38 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The public is invited to join Kingswood Senior Living for a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 14th, to celebrate their changes and additions. The festivities will be from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

    Kingswood Senior Living Community just celebrated its 35th anniversary this past July, and has recently completed a $34.7 million redesign and expansion.  New villas are being added to their expanded campus, apartments are being upgraded and nearly 50 units have been added to their assisted living, but their new focus is on education.

    Beginning in November, a quarterly education series will be offered to help people understand long-term care, what a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is and how they work.

    Please visit the Martin City Telegraph to read the full story and view photos of the property! 


  • 19 Oct 2017 8:00 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    For more than 70 years, the approximately 300-acre Bannister Federal Complex, located in South Kansas City, has been a major employer and served the nation in support of national security and business administrative services. The two federal owners at Bannister are the DOE and the General Services Administration (GSA). Employees at the DOE-owned Kansas City Plant relocated eight miles south to the Kansas City National Security Campus in 2014 and GSA employees relocated to downtown offices in early 2015.

    Federal law prohibits the transfer of environmentally contaminated federal property without meeting rigorous regulatory oversight requirements, including securing the governor’s approval.

    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced that Missouri Gov. Eric R. Greitens formally granted approval for the federal government to transfer excess federal property at the Bannister Federal Complex (Bannister) and NNSA finalized its Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement with Bannister Transformation and Redevelopment LLC (BT&D). 

    Both the Governor’s approval and the finalization of the Cooperative Agreement paves the way for NNSA to take the final step of transferring the property deed to the new property owner, currently scheduled in mid-November.

    BT&D has retained CenterPoint to serve as Project Manager for the demolition and remediation phase, which is expected to take up to six years. This approval allows for NNSA to transfer the title to BT&D, which will demolish obsolete facilities and environmentally restore the property in association with CenterPoint. 

    BT&D is independently owned and is wholly focused on the redevelopment of the property. BT&D notes that the property is ideally situated for future development of modern manufacturing and industrial buildings, but the final decision for use of the property will depend on customer requirements.

    View full press release from the National Nuclear Security Administration


  • 11 Oct 2017 7:21 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Kansas City Business Journal reports Oxford on the Blue - a property that sits between Prospect and I-435 in south KC - might be a potential Amazon site. The site offers more than 300 acres and is ready for construction.

    Whitney Kerr Sr., a senior vice president with Cushman & Wakefield’s Kansas City office, confirmed Oxford on the Blue is one of the choices being presented to Amazon.

    “It’s one of the best sites, if not the only site, that’s close in that can accommodate 8 million feet of space eventually with the ability to get 50,000 people in and out of there easily,” Kerr said.

    Amazon says the project would bring $50,000 jobs, and billions in investments.

    The rolling, wooded acreage is bracketed on the west by Interstate 49 and on the east by I-435, Kerr added. It’s also just a mile east of 85th Street and Prospect Ave., which is the end of the old Country Club trolley line right of way that has long been viewed as the best route for extending the city’s streetcar system south of the Country Club Plaza, he said.

    Oxford on the Blue is just one potential site. And it's already zoned for a project like this. Some of the infrastructure is already in place. Landing the Amazon project would transform this city's work force.

    "I think it will do a lot for the city, regardless of what site they might select if they come here," said Vickie Wolgast with the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. "Any city is going to have a challenge finding that many employees, but I know we've got the workforce here to make that happen."

    Full story from KMBC News



  • 22 Sep 2017 2:28 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, at a special outreach visit to Cornerstones of Care, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that the non-profit organization will be the next beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game. Hunt Family Foundation Vice President Lamar Hunt Jr., along with the Chiefs quarterbacks, were on hand to make the announcement.

    Recognized as the top philanthropic game of its type in the NFL, the Chiefs Charity Game continues a long-standing commitment of supporting the local community that was started by team founder Lamar Hunt more than three decades ago.

    In partnering with Cornerstones of Care, the Chiefs are reinforcing their dedication to uplifting children and families in crisis throughout the metro area by supporting safe healing environments that respect dignity and inclusion so children and families can experience more fulfilling and rewarding lives. Additionally, collaborations such as these strengthen the organization’s dedication to uniting the community by engaging its neighbors through charitable programming while putting an intense concentration on positively impacting youth.

    “On behalf of the entire Hunt family and the Chiefs organization, we are delighted to welcome Cornerstones of Care as the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game beginning next season,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Cornerstones of Care provides vital support and services to children and families who need it most in the Kansas City community. We hope our partnership will significantly enhance their efforts to promote safe and healthy families.”

    Cornerstones of Care, officially introduced in 1998, works with children, young adults and families to achieve safety and health through six key service areas: education, mental and behavioral health, foster care and adoption, youth support, family support and community trainings. The organization is dedicated to helping children and families wherever they are, whenever they need help. The trauma-informed Cornerstones of Care team provides services in homes and communities throughout the region. Last year alone, Cornerstones of Care partnered with 10,000 children and families in five states, including Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Illinois.

    “We are honored that the Kansas City Chiefs have selected Cornerstones of Care to be the beneficiary of the 2018 Chiefs Charity Game,” Cornerstones of Care President and CEO Denise Cross said. “Cornerstones of Care has a long legacy of partnering for safe and healthy communities and we look forward to our partnership with the Chiefs organization to amplify the needs of children and families in Kansas City.”

    Next summer marks the 34th edition of the annual Chiefs Charity Game. Since its inception in 1985, the Chiefs Charity Game has raised more than $13.3 million, with more than $6 million being raised in the last decade alone. The Children’s Place, the effort’s previous beneficiary, set a new Chiefs Charity Game record in each of its previous three years, raising $736,000 in 2015, $740,000 in 2016 and $845,000 in 2017 for a three-year total of more than $2.2 million.

    The Hunt Family Foundation, formerly the Chiefs Children’s Fund, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Hunt family in 1983 to support charitable agencies in the greater Kansas City community. Through philanthropy and community programs, the foundation provides vital assistance to more than 125 area charities each year and works to give back to a community that has given so much to the Kansas City Chiefs organization for more than five decades.


  • 23 Aug 2017 7:45 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    By Nilson Goes, Chief of Operations and GM, Infinite Energy Construction (IEC)

    For more than 20 years, IEC has been a part of the small-business fabric that makes our city strong, and we’ve helped build a variety of residential and commercial projects throughout the metro that have improved and strengthened the area for all of us.

    We witnessed a lot of hometown pride when Burns & McDonnell first threw their hat in the ring for this new airport, but they really solidified their commitment to Kansas City when they put together this team of hometown contractors just weeks before submitting their official proposal to the City Council.

    We share Burns & McDonnell’s passion for our hometown, as they expressed in their proposal:

    “When we finish the work week, we won’t be on a plane back home because Kansas City is our home—we work and live here. This is not just a job for us … We have been here since the beginning, will be here when it is done and remain in the years to follow, using the new single-terminal airport every day.”

    Yes, we’re glad to be part of the team that may win a massive project. But the team approach really boils down to a good business decision for the city.

    Read the full story at InfiniteEnergyConstruction.com

  • 11 Aug 2017 12:15 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Community Assistance Council, a social services agency serving south Kansas City, has named Damion Alexander as its new executive director, effective Aug. 14.

    Alexander comes to CAC from City Union Mission, where he served as corporate relations manager. He previously served as a life transformation coach/facilitator atConnections to Success and was an instructor in the communications department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He also served as the first board chair for the local nonprofit KC Mothers in Charge.

    Alexander holds two bachelor’s degrees in communication studies and Spanish and a Master of Public Administration degree, all from UMKC. He received the Heartland Alliance’s “Poverty Fighter” Award in 2014.

    Alexander replaces former CAC executive director Carol Bird Owsley, who has served as interim executive director since April of this year.

    Community Assistance Council provides a food pantry, clothing closet, rent and utility assistance, help with medical prescriptions and case management for individuals and families in south Kansas City who are facing the challenges of poverty. CAC also provides the Meals On Wheels program for south Kansas City and offers the only food pantry in the metro area for those with food allergies.


  • 21 Jul 2017 7:40 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Renowned for engineering and land surveying since 1950, Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW) recently announced the promotion of Brian Johanning to president of the firm’s infrastructure and development businesses.

    Johanning joined SKW in January 2015 as the director of strategic growth and was quickly identified as a candidate for executive leadership. Since 2016, Johanning has served as the vice president of the infrastructure and development businesses where he has overseen the day-to-day management of SKW’s second largest operating group with offices in mid-Missouri, Tulsa, and the Kansas City metro.

    “Brian’s vision and enthusiasm for SKW’s future is reflected in the way he approaches every project and opportunity here,” SKW CEO Ron Petering said. “We’re excited to see this leadership transition come to a close and I am confident that this area of our business will thrive under Brian’s leadership.”

    Full story from Shafer, Kline & Warren

  • 17 Jul 2017 9:46 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Like many Kansas City residents, the members of the South KC Chamber Board have lived in Kansas City for many years and we have enjoyed the unique design of Kansas City's airport. However, we recognize the air travel market has changed dramatically since the airport was built and the South KC Chamber fully supports plans to create a single terminal facility. We believe this is an excellent investment in Kansas City’s future.

    We polled our members and the overwhelming response was in support of the single terminal concept. Here are some of the reasons and concerns about the single terminal plan that were shared with us:

    We Want A Convenient Airport! One of the measurements that attracted people to the current design when it was built was "steps to the gate." In 1972, KCI rated very well in this regard. However, in today's travel environment, the convenience has been reduced to "steps to the ticket counter."

    Once you get done with the ticket counter you have to walk around the circle to get to security. Once inside security, you have to walk around the circle again to get to your gate. Once you arrive at the gate you are confronted with limited seating, limited restrooms, and limited amenities.

    Those of us who travel regularly (or who have employees or family members who travel regularly) don't consider the current design to be convenient at all. The key element of modern airport convenience is recognizing that the vast majority of time spent by a traveler is past the security checkpoints, not outside of them. Convenience should focus on getting through the security process efficiently and then provide a comfortable and efficient environment after security. The single terminal design does this.

    We don't want to be like O'Hare. This is a legitimate issue as nobody wants to have the crowds, lines, and chaos of the larger airports like O'Hare. However, the crowds, lines, and chaos come from the massive volume of travelers in Chicago, not from the design of the airport.

    Rather than comparing our situation to Chicago or Atlanta, we should look at similarly sized cities like Indianapolis and Albuquerque. The single terminal airports in those cities work very well and don't have the long lines and waits of O'Hare or Atlanta.

    We don't want the taxpayers of Kansas City to get stuck with the bill if there are cost overruns. Another legitimate question and we had the same concern. In the case of the airport, there are legal barriers between general operating funds available for the City Council and the funds from user fees that are used for the airport. Even if the politicians forget to keep their promises, the financial structure ensures that cost overruns will be funded from airport user fees, not general city taxes.

    Like everyone else in Kansas City, South KC residents and businesses eagerly await the results of the City Council's process to determine a specific financing and development package to put on the ballot for voters to consider. Regardless of the specifics, the South KC Chamber strongly believes the single terminal airport concept is the right plan for Kansas City.

    Rick Chambers, President, RDC Solutions,
    Chairman of the Board, South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce


  • 04 Jul 2017 1:41 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    On April 4, voters approved an $800 million comprehensive capital improvements program to use revenue created by issuing general obligation bonds each year for 20 years. The money will pay for infrastructure improvements across the city that has long been deferred.

    City Manager Troy Schulte has revealed the first wave of projects planned to start repairing the crumbling infrastructure that Kansas City, Missouri citizens have complained about for years.

    View project list here


  • 26 Jun 2017 1:47 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Several prominent members of Kansas City’s contractor community are joining with South KC Chamber member, Burns & McDonnell as part of an all-star team of contractors united to build a new single-terminal KCI. Teaming with Burns & McDonnell are:

    • JE Dunn Construction
    • McCownGordon Construction

    “We are thrilled to announce that JE Dunn and McCownGordon are joining our KCI team,” says Burns & McDonnell chairman and CEO Ray Kowalik. “We have committed to build our hometown airport with the world-class construction and building trades talent right here in Kansas City and this team definitely measures up. This is the right team to build an airport that Kansas Citians will point to with pride for many years to come.”

    Some of the most recognized Kansas City firms in architectural design for airport terminals and aviation facilities have also joined Burns & McDonnell in its proposal for a new single-terminal KCI. The new firms teaming with the Burns & McDonnell architecture practice are:

    • HOK
    • Populous
    • BNIM
    • Wellner-Architects
    • Garcia Architecture

    “This is the next step in building a world class team of design talent that will deliver an airport all Kansas Citians will be proud of,” says Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Ray Kowalik. “When you look at their resumes, you see they have all been involved in designing amazing projects both here in Kansas City and around the world. Airports really create an identity for a whole community and we are excited to design a new KCI that will reflect everything we love about our hometown.”

    The design team will submit concepts for the new terminal when Burns & McDonnell delivers a formal proposal to the Kansas City Council as part of the City’s Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFQ/P). The City is expected to select a winning team by August 14, 2017.

    Read more


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