South KC News / Member News

  • 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

  • 15 Jun 2017 12:52 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    On Thursday, June 1st, Fishtech officially opened their doors in Martin City and Founder Gary Fish toasted all those who helped bring this project to life. Several Missouri dignitaries were present to celebrate the official opening and Sixth District Councilman Scott Taylor thanked Fishtech for all they’ve brought to South Kansas City.

    “There is so much growth in South Kansas City and Martin City and it’s an exciting time to be part of this evolution,” said Taylor. “Fishtech has made a tremendous investment in the district and we appreciate their commitment and vision for South Kansas City,” he said.

    We appreciate the many South Kansas City dignitaries, Chamber members, and Martin City businesses who came out to support Fishtech’s vision for our neighborhood, and to meet “Team Fishtech,” who has been busy at work behind the scenes creating technologies that will someday change the world.

    Read more and view photos of the event at

  • 06 Jun 2017 5:38 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    St. Joseph Medical Center officially opens the Sister Margaret’s Senior Clinic in Kansas City, led by a dedicated team of experts with specialized training and expertise in geriatric services. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled on June 27, 2017, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 1010 Carondelet Drive, Suite 120, Kansas City, MO 64114.  

    From senior relevant educational classes to a specialized Emergency Room and disease management services geared toward the special needs of seniors, the Senior Clinic at St. Joseph Medical Center brings renowned comprehensive healthcare services to the entire senior community.

    We are committed to bringing the best healthcare to seniors, to help ease the burden of illness on patients and their family,” said Kirk Sloan, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “The new inpatient and outpatient senior program will offer patients coordinated medical services, all in one convenient setting.”    

    Every detail of the Senior Clinic has been considered from the patient’s perspective to support the delivery of care in a setting that is safe, private and calming for seniors. Planning included extensive workflow design in partnership with members of the local community, and a multidisciplinary team of physicians and staff.  Special touches include more privacy, warmer environment, senior parking, assisted hearing and vision devices.

    “St. Joseph’s comprehensive senior care destination brings together physicians, therapists, home care agencies, geriatric specialists and post-acute care facilities to work side-by-side, allowing teams to share their expertise and information rapidly,” adds Dr. Sloan. “Access to specialty care in your local community extends our commitment to provide advanced treatment close to home.”   

    To schedule an appointment or take a tour of the Senior Clinic, please call 816-943-5755. To learn more, visit  Patients may also ask their doctor about St. Joseph’s. 

  • 15 May 2017 12:55 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Martin City Community Improvement District (MCCID) has hired Marla Duck to be the new Executive Director of the district. Duck replaces Missy Wilson who recently accepted a position as the City of Raytown’s Economic Development Administrator after four years of service to the CID.

    The Martin City CID is a 300 + acre business district in South Kansas with over 80 businesses located within its boundaries. Duck’s role will be to serve as a liaison on behalf of CID members to the City of KCMO and Jackson County on all Martin City infrastructure design and construction needs. She will also facilitate monthly board meetings and all district event plans.

    Duck was most recently the Donor Development Administrator at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy where she provided event coordination and logistics for events as large as 800 guests. Her focus was on fundraising, budgeting, expense tracking, and donor recognition.

    She has also assisted with fundraising and event planning efforts for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Kansas City Chorale, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Medical Missions Foundation, and AT&T. She was named Woman of the Year for the KC Autism Center in 2011 for achievement in fundraising and was recognized as a top fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Heart of America Chapter for five years in a row.

    Duck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Speech Pathology/Audiology from the University of Missouri and was specially trained in Information Systems Technology from MIT, Cambridge, MA while working with AT&T’s IT staff. She has also been extensively educated in Corporate management, sales, marketing, and negotiation from her days at AT&T and IBM.

    Duck has two children: a son, Brentton, an avid KU Jayhawk fan, and a dog-child, Zoe, the German Shepherd.

    “At one time, we had two REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets) greyhounds as part of our family along with an African Grey parrot,” said Duck. “As you might guess, I have a soft heart for dog-children and animals, to the extent of volunteering for REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) and MOGS (Missouri German Shepherd Rescue)!”

    Duck says she plans to continue focusing on current CID initiatives, especially on efforts to complete construction along 135th Street to Hwy. 150. She will also be aggressively recruiting prospective new businesses and developers to invest in Martin City.

    “My goal is to continue improvements to livability, beautification, publicity and tourism to this incredible neighborhood,” said Duck. “I look forward to working with and receiving input from the businesses and community that are part of Martin City.”

    We are excited to welcome Marla and look forward to working with her to continue the growth in Martin City. If you would like to get to know her better, please visit her LinkedIn profile.

  • 08 May 2017 12:28 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Representatives from Cerner, Burns & McDonnell, Red Bridge Shopping Center, Three Trails Industrial Park and Legacy Development discussed economic development at the South Kansas City Alliance Economic Development Summit exactly one year ago today.

    “It’s easy access,” said Ron Coker, a senior vice president at Burns & McDonnell, who recently completed an expansion at 9450 Ward Parkway that will house 1,400 engineers, architects and construction specialists.

    “If your business requires mobility, it’s a great, central location," Coker added, noting that much of the Burns & McDonnell workforce is spread across the city. Coker said South Kansas City has an opportunity to become a technology gateway.

    “We would love for all of those young engineers to live and play right around our offices in South Kansas City,” he says. “One of the challenges that the city has is, we have to get attractions that make it (South Kansas City) a viable, attractive opportunity.”

    Dave Claflin of Legacy Development says bringing more services and amenities to South Kansas City is a bit of a “chicken and egg” situation.

    “The millennials and younger workers don’t want to come in until the stores, the coffee shops, the restaurants are here, yet those kind of stores and restaurants are unlikely to be here unless they see demographic evidence that those customers exist,” Claflin said.

    Legacy Development manages the Ward Parkway Shopping Center and just completed a renovation of Truman’s Marketplace in nearby Grandview.

    “I think one of the most critical functions is tax revenue,” Claflin said. “If you don’t have the shopping inside your taxing boundaries, those tax dollars are going to other municipalities.”

    Claflin said one benefit of South Kansas City is its particularly active neighborhood association.

    Sixth District At-Large Councilman Scott Taylor said South Kansas City still offers affordable housing and neighborhood schools through the Center School District.

    “The number – thousands – of new jobs that have been created in South Kansas City is great because that creates a level of certainty and investment, potentially more people moving into our neighborhoods that have been on the market for a little bit,” Taylor said.

    Taylor added that Center has kept class sizes small at a time when many schools just across the state line in Johnson County, Kansas, have faced funding cuts.

    *This article is reposted from KCUR

  • 13 Mar 2017 1:26 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Mike Nill, chief operating officer for Cerner Corp., recently talked about the company's future, employees, and growth with the media during a recent tour inside Innovations at 8779 Hillcrest Road in Kansas City. Two towers are completed that are part of a 16-phase development project that is calculated to be completed in 2025.

    The sprawling property, stretching from 87th to 95th streets immediately east of Interstate 435, emphasizes that nexus in brick and mortar. The 290-acre campus is being laced with visual references to Cerner’s role in software development for the digitization and sharing of health records.

    Its existing and planned roads are named after historic health and science leaders. Windows in the first two office towers are designed to evoke the DNA helix turned on its side. The buildings bear on-campus addresses numbered in the power of two, a nod to binary code used in computer science and math. The interiors reflect cutting-edge office planning.

    About 3,000 software engineers and support staff are assigned to the new Innovations Campus, most of them relocated from Cerner’s nearby Realization Campus, which grew from the former Marion Laboratories complex and will continue to be remodeled to suit Cerner’s needs.

    Read more and view photos on KC Star's website

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