University Health to host Downtown Council on Thursday

Downtown Council members, stakeholders and friends are invited to a special open house of University Health, the newest outpatient health care center in Downtown Kansas City, from 5 -7 p.m. Thursday. (See below to RSVP.)

University Health is located at 21st and Charlotte in Hospital Hill.

University Health, 2101 Charlotte on Hospital Hill, is the newest adult outpatient care center of Truman Medical Centers. It features services for adults in a total of 24 medical specialties.

University Health, the state of the art outpatient health care center of Truman Medical Centers, will hold an open house for Downtown Council members on Thursday.

“Located at 21st and Charlotte, University Health is just minutes away from the heart of Downtown,” said Rhonda Dolan, director of business engagement for University Health. “Parking is free onsite and just steps away from the 13 speciality clinics.”

Tour of the state of the art facility will begin at 5 p.m., along with appetizers, drinks and a specialty cocktail. The tours will break at 6 p.m. for a brief program featuring TMC President & CEO Charlie Shields, UH Operating Officer Todd Clayman, City Manager Troy Schulte, City Councilman Quinton Lucas and DTC President & CEO Bill Dietrich.

University Health extended a special invitation to attend the open house to those working in Human Resources and Benefits Administration for DTC-member businesses.

“We are designed to get your employees in and out and back to work with easy, so they return focused on their work, and not their frustrations,” Dolan said.

To RSVP for the open house, please email Julie Shippy, DTC Development Officer, at julie@downtownkc.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor proclaims Downtown KC is ‘back in the game’!

Mayor Sly James put the icing on the proverbial cake, as the Downtown Council celebrated the resurgence of Downtown Kansas City at its Annual Luncheon on Jan. 27 before an audience of 1,000 civic, business and community leaders and stakeholders.

Mayor James

“I look forward to this event each year because as a lifelong Kansas City resident, and as your Mayor, the evolution of our Downtown is something I never get tired of talking about,” Mayor James told the enthusiastic audience. “If there is one thing I believe wholeheartedly, it’s that what we see around us right now – is just the start of what’s to come.

“Downtown is a success story that we all can share in. And it’s a success story we want to see play out in all corners of KC,” he continued. “Thank you for your commitment to our city – to big ideas and bold vision. It’s because of this that I am so proud to say that Kansas City is back in the game! ”

In addition to the Mayor, the luncheon featured a series of awards, a keynote address by Christopher Leinberger, as well as with a series of speakers who extolled Downtown’s revitalization with new hotels, apartments, office spaces and entertainment venues.
The importance of the KC streetcar was touted frequently and proclaimed boldly with a new streetcar development map that tracks $1.2 billion in economic development – completed or under construction – along and adjacent to the streetcar line, PLUS another $955 million in planned development. (Copies of the map are available online or in print at the DTC office.) And, a special Downtown Council version of a rap video by Kemet the Phantom featuring the streetcar made its debut at the luncheon and won a rousing ovation.
DTC leaders also pointed to current urban priorities, including advocating for matching funds from the state to build the UMKC Downtown Campus for the Arts; supporting Kansas City’s $800 million bond package on the April ballot; and breaking ground this year on a new hotel to improve the city’s ability to compete for large conventions.

Diane Stafford, reporter for The Kansas City Star captured the essence of the luncheon, when she wrote “From economic ignominy a couple decades ago, Kansas City’s Downtown has re-emerged as an entertainment, cultural and residential hot spot with a new streetcar line that connects assets and builds walkable neighborhoods.”

Chris Leinberger

The Star focused much its coverage on remarks by Leinberger, the Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor of Urban Real Estate and Chair, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C.

“Leinberger gave Kansas City big thumbs-up for the catalytic development of the streetcar line connecting the River Market to Crown Center. But “it’s critical to build the second phase,” he said of the line’s proposed expansion south to the Country Club Plaza and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, according to The Star.

“Transportation, Leinberger emphasized, isn’t just a system to move people from place to place; it’s a system to spark economic development by providing public transportation, bike lanes and paths, and sidewalks that build vibrant neighborhoods.

“Increasingly, he said, sought-after neighborhoods — with premium price points for real estate — are in metropolitan cores, not suburbia. Even in suburban communities, he said, their downtowns and shopping centers are being redeveloped to reflect the new urbanism.”

For a complete rundown of luncheon highlights – including links to videos saluting the J. Philip Kirk Jr. Award winner Al Mauro and the five individuals honored as Urban Heroes, click here. Urban Hero recognition went to Deb Churchill, Andrew Bracker, Andrew Bracker, Julie Nelson Meers, Vince Bryant and Matt Staub.

To read the complete Annual Luncheon story in The Star, start here.

Downtown Council to celebrate accomplishments, opportunities

Christopher Leinberger will deliver the keynote address at the Downtown Council Annual Luncheon today in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center.

The Downtown Council will celebrate the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Kansas City before 1,000 stakeholders and guests today (Friday), while reminding its members and civic leadership that its renaissance is far from complete.

The occasion will be the Downtown Council’s Annual Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Friday, Jan. 27 in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. This year’s luncheon will carry the theme of Downtown KC: Back in the Game and celebrate the remarkable revitalization of Downtown over the last 15 years.

“This was a banner year for Downtown Kansas City,” said Bill Dietrich, President & CEO of the Downtown Council. “The KC Streetcar began operations and topped its first 1 million rides in just five months of operations; five new hotels have opened or are under construction; the first new construction, luxury, residential high-rise building opened, along with a second elementary school bringing 576 students and their families Downtown.”

The 2017 luncheon program will feature several highlights that will serve to celebrate accomplishments in Downtown, as well as to set the course for new and ongoing initiatives for the coming years. Highlights include:

  • Keynote address by Christopher Leinberger, The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Leinberger will address creating a vital Downtown by improving relationships with adjacent communities, discussing the impact of regional issues on Downtown and improving pedestrian mobility.
    • To learn more about Leinberger’s knowledge of KC, check out this 2012 KCPT story about the potential impact that the future streetcar (via transit-oriented development) would have on Downtown.
  • LaunchKC announcement by Rachel Merlo, KC Community Impact Manager for Google Fiber, and Chair, LaunchKC Steering Committee
  • Downtown accomplishments by Douglas Stockman, Principal, el dorado architects, and Cathy Smith, Vice President of Corporate Planning, Faultless Starch/Bon Ami, and Chairs of the DTC Board of Directors for 2016 and 2017, respectively
  • Five individuals will be recognized with Urban Hero Awards for their contributions toward making Downtown a better and more vibrant place to live, work and play, including:
    • Andrew Bracker, Brownfields Coordinator, City of Kansas City
    • Vince Bryant, 3D Development
    • Deb Churchill, City Market
    • Julie Nelson Meers, mobank
    • Matt Staub, Streetcar Advocate

The DTC’s highest honor, the  Philip Kirk, Jr. Award, in Recognition of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship to Albert P. Mauro. Mauro served as Chairman of the DTC Board of Directors from 1992-1998, a pivotal time in the turnaround of a declining urban core.

“We will tell the story of Downtown’s recent economic and social revitalization and reflect on the impact of these and other changes,” Dietrich explained. “We will also provide updates on the exciting new projects that are coming closer to fruition including moving the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance to Downtown; extending the streetcar south toward UMKC and the Plaza; and planning for a new Downtown KC high school.”

The Annual Luncheon event will begin at 11 a.m. Friday with a one-hour Spirit of Downtown KC Exhibit showing more than 40 Downtown businesses and organizations.

Click here to see a list of exhibitors: http://www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon/exhibit/. The exhibit will make way for the luncheon and program, beginning at noon.

For more information, go to http://www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon/.

Christopher Leinberger to speak at Downtown Council Annual Luncheon

Christopher Leinberger

Christopher Leinberger

The Downtown Council is pleased to announce Christopher Leinberger as the keynote speaker at the 2017 Annual Luncheon, Downtown KC: Back in the Game, on Friday, January 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center.

Leinberger is a nationally recognized expert in emerging experience-based economies.  His vision of Downtown’s place in a world of accelerating change will inspire us and frame the question how do we position ourselves to understand and realize the opportunities before us.  Leinberger is also a land use strategist, professor, developer, researcher and recently the author of the book, The Option of Urbanism.  He will inspire us to continue creating a vital Downtown Kansas City.

Luncheon Highlights:

  • Presentation of the Downtown Council’s highest honor, the J. Philip Kirk, Jr. Award in Recognition of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship to Albert P. Mauro.
  • Announcement of the 2016 Urban Hero Award recipients, honoring small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals who are improving the quality and diversity of life Downtown.
  • Introduction of the 2016 LaunchKC innovative technology-based start-up business grant recipients
  • Prior to the luncheon, guests will participate in the Spirit of Downtown KC Exhibit.  More than 50 booth spaces will highlight new developments, creative businesses and the arts of Downtown.

Reserve your seats today at http://www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon/. Individual tickets start at $100; sponsored tables of 10 start at $2,500. Contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, or Shannen Merrick, smerrick@evenergy.com, with any questions or for additional information.

 

 

 

Downtown Council to honor 6 urban champions in January

The Downtown Council will celebrate Downtown champions and milestones - including the 7-month-old KC Streetcar - at its Annual Luncheon in January.

The Downtown Council will celebrate Downtown champions and milestones – including the 7-month-old KC Streetcar – at its Annual Luncheon in January.

The Downtown Council will honor six champions at its annual meeting in January for their contributions to the renaissance of Downtown.

The awards will be presented at the DTC’s Annual Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 27 in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. This year’s luncheon will carry the theme of Downtown KC: Back in the Game and celebrate the remarkable revitalization of Downtown over the last 15 years.

The luncheon serves as a beacon to more than 1,000 guests each year to celebrate accomplishments in Downtown, as well as to set the course for new and ongoing initiatives for the coming years. The annual awards are one of the highlights of this showcase for urban accomplishments.

This year’s luncheon will honor six individuals for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of Downtown, including:

  • The DTC’s highest honor, the  Philip Kirk, Jr.Award, in Recognition of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship to Albert P. Mauro. Mauro served as chairman of the DTC Board of Directors from 1992-1998, a pivotal time in the turnaround of a declining urban core.
  • Five individuals will be recognized with Urban Hero Awards for their contributions toward making Downtown a better and more vibrant place to live, work and play, including:
    • Andy Bracker, Brownfields Coordinator, City of Kansas City, Missouri
    • Vince Bryant, 3D Development
    • Deb Churchill, City Market
    • Julie Nelson Meers, Missouri Bank
    • Matt Staub, Streetcar Advocate

“This was a banner year for Downtown Kansas City,” said Bill Dietrich, president & CEO of the Downtown Council. “The KC Streetcar began operations and topped its first one million rides in just five months of operations; five new hotels have opened or are under construction; the first new construction, luxury, residential high-rise building opened, along with a new elementary school bringing 576 students and their families Downtown.”

In addition to the awards, the Annual Luncheon will illuminate the recent accomplishments of Downtown, and set a course for the future of Kansas City’s urban heart.

“We will tell the story of Downtown’s recent economic and social revitalization and reflect on the impact of these and other changes,” Dietrich explained. “We will also provide updates on the exciting new projects that are coming closer to fruition including moving the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance to Downtown; extending the streetcar south toward UMKC and the Plaza; and planning for a new Downtown KC high school.”

The keynote speaker will be Christopher Leinberger, the nationally regarded land use strategist, teacher, professor, developer and author. Leinberger will speak to the Kansas City audience about creating a vital Downtown by improving relationships with adjacent communities, discussing the impact of regional issues on Downtown and improving pedestrian mobility.

Leinberger, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times, writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines. His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream.

 For more information or to purchase tickets to the Downtown Council luncheon, go to http://www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon/

 

 

 

Register Now for 2017 Downtown Council Annual Luncheon

 Kansas City Streetcar

Downtown KC: Back in the Game

The Downtown Council’s 2017 Annual Luncheon is set for Friday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center.  Sponsorship information and tickets are available at http://www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon/.

2016 was a banner year for Downtown Kansas City. The KC Streetcar began operations and  topped its first 1 million rides in its first five months of operations; five new hotels have opened or are under construction; the first new construction, luxury, residential high-rise building opened, along with a new elementary school bringing 576 students and their families Downtown!

At the luncheon, we will tell the story of Downtown’s recent economic and social revitalization and reflect on the impact of these and other changes. We will also provide updates on the exciting new projects that are coming closer to fruition including moving the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance to Downtown; extending the streetcar; and plans for a new downtown high school.

Luncheon Highlights

  • Our keynote speaker, Christopher Leinberger, land use strategist, professor, developer, researcher and most recently author of “The Option of Urbanism”, will inspire us to continue creating a vital Downtown by improving relationships with adjacent communities, discussing the impact of regional issues on Downtown and improving pedestrian mobility.
  • Presentation of the Downtown Council’s highest honor, the J. Philip Kirk, Jr. Award in Recognition of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship to Albert P. Mauro.
  • Announcement of the 2016 Urban Hero Award recipients, honoring small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals who are improving the quality and diversity of life Downtown.
  • Introduction of the 2016 LaunchKC innovative technology-based start-up business grant recipients
  • Prior to the luncheon, guests will participate in the Spirit of Downtown KC Exhibit. More than 50 booth spaces will highlight new developments, creative businesses and the arts of Downtown.

Leadership

For more information about the luncheon, please contact Shannon Merrick, smerrick@evenergy.com, (816) 213-6910, or Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, (816) 421-1539.

Nominations extended for Urban Hero & Kirk Awards

The Downtown Council honored its Urban Heroes for 2015 in a special reception on Wednesday at the Tom's Town Distillery. Honorees including (from left) Jay Tomlinson, Harry Murphy, Leonard Graham, Tysie McDowell-Ray and Dean Johnson. The award winners will be recognized today at the DTC's Annual Luncheon at the KC Convention Center.

The Downtown Council honored its Urban Heroes for 2015 at the Tom’s Town Distillery. Honorees including, from left, Jay Tomlinson, Helix Architecture + Design; Harry Murphy, Harry’s Country Club; Leonard Graham, Taliaferro & Browne; and Tysie McDowell-Ray and Dean Johnson, Crossroads Academy.

The Downtown Council has extended nominations for its two annual awards by two weeks to Friday, Sept. 2, but there is no better time than now to submit your nominee.

Nominations for the Urban Hero Award and the J. Philip Kirk Award are open until Friday, Sept. 2nd – and your input is essential in identifying the most qualified candidates for these honors, which will be presented at the next DTC Annual Luncheon in January 2017.

Urban Heroes Award

This award recognizes small businesses and individuals who are passionate about making Downtown Kansas City a more vibrant place to live, work and play. The award is given to those who have worked to improve the quality of life Downtown. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

J. Philip Kirk Jr. Award in Honor of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship

This award is presented annually to a leader whose vision, guidance and commitment have helped set Downtown on a clear path for revitalization. Henry Bloch was named the Kirk Award recipient at the 2016 Annual Luncheon. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

To nominate a Downtown leader for either award, prepare a brief statement describing your nominee, along with his/her name, business/community title and contact information.

To nominate an Urban Hero, please send your information to Julie Shippy, jules@downtownkc.org. To advance a nomination for the Kirk Award, send your information to Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org.

Thank you, and remember nominations are due by Friday, September 2, 2016!

Downtown Council publishes 2016/17 Resource Guide

The Downtown Council Resource Guide is available to download or to request a printed edition.

The Downtown Council Resource Guide is available to download or to request a printed edition.

A new Downtown Council Resource Guide for 2016/17 is hot off the press, and is available from the Downtown Council for you to download digitally or to request in print.

The Resource Guide represents our efforts to deconstruct the traditional Annual Report, and present it to you as a more useful and flexible resource – a collection of maps, resources and informational papers to cover the wide range of the DTC work plan. This approach is designed to be a cost-effective way of presenting members, stakeholders, developers and residents with the information they need.

It is designed around a flexible pocket folder and includes a center spread of Downtown KC resources and a map featuring the new KC Streetcar line, along with 11 fact sheets on topics that tell the story of Downtown in 2016, including:

  • Downtown development map and summary
  • Catalyst projects, including the planned Downtown Arts Campus and the Downtown YMCA
  • Downtown Council committees and affiliated organizations, including the CIDs
  • Traditional and breakout DTC initiatives, including LaunchKC and Art in the Loop

To request a printed  copy, contact Mike Hurd, director of marketing for the DTC, at mike@downtownkc.org. To download the document, contact Tommy Wilson at tommy@downtownkc.org, if you have any questions.

Today, more than ever, we value your membership and involvement in the Downtown Council,” said Bill Dietrich, president & CEO. “Much work remains to be done in order to build a vibrant, diverse and economically sustainable Downtown KC, and we are counting on your support to get the job done right.”                       

Nominations open for annual Urban Hero, Kirk Awards

The Downtown Council awarded Urban Hero awards to five community leaders at its Annual Luncheon in January, including (from left) Jay Tomlinson, Helix Architecture + Design; Harry Murphy, Harry's Country Club; Leonard Graham, Taliaferro & Browne Engineering; and Tysie McDowell-Ray and Dean Johnson, Crossroads Academy. Nominations for this year's awards are open now until Aug. 19.

The Downtown Council awarded Urban Hero awards to five community leaders at its Annual Luncheon in January, including (from left) Jay Tomlinson, Helix Architecture + Design; Harry Murphy, Harry’s Country Club; Leonard Graham, Taliaferro & Browne Engineers; and Tysie McDowell-Ray and Dean Johnson, Crossroads Academy. Nominations for this year’s awards are open now until Aug. 19.

The Downtown Council has opened nominations for its two annual awards, but you will need to act fast to add your nominees to the list.

Nominations for the Urban Hero Award and the J. Philip Kirk Award are open for just a few weeks – closing on Aug. 19 – and your input is essential in identifying the most qualified candidates for these honors, which will be presented at the next DTC Annual Luncheon in January 2017.

Urban Heroes Award

This award recognizes small businesses and individuals who are passionate about making Downtown Kansas City a more vibrant place to live, work and play. The award is given to those who have worked to improve the quality of life Downtown. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

J. Philip Kirk Jr. Award in Honor of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship

This award is presented annually to a leader whose vision, guidance and commitment have helped set Downtown on a clear path for revitalization. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

To nominate a Downtown leader for either award, prepare a brief statement describing your nominee, along with his/her name, business/community title and contact information.

To nominate an Urban Hero, please send your information to Julie Shippy, jules@downtownkc.org. To advance a nomination for the Kirk Award, send your information to Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org.

Thank you, and remember nominations are due by Friday, Aug. 19, 2016!

KCDC Open House Highlights Art in the Loop & Downtown Recycling

The Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) will host an open house on Thursday, May 12 from, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore. The event will showcase KCDC’s Art in the Loop Vision Study, Downtown Recycling System Vision Study and Connecting the Dottes Study.  KCDC architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning students will be on hand to discuss their project.  Brief remarks will be made by the project leaders and sponsors at 6 p.m.

The Art in the Loop Foundation partnered with the Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) and the Downtown Council to develop a vision and master plan for working with artists to activate public spaces in Downtown Kansas City.  One of the goals of the project was to consider how public art (temporary or permanent) can play a role in making the Downtown Loop (Central Business District) more walkable, authentic, safe and connected.

For more information about Art in the Loop contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org. For more information about the open house contact Sarah Kraly, sarahkraly@kcdesigncenter.org.

Provide Your Input on the Art in the Loop Vision Plan

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The Art in the Loop Foundation is partnering with the Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) and the Downtown Council to develop a vision and master plan for working with artists to activate public spaces in Downtown Kansas City.  KCDC architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning students are considering how public art (temporary or permanent) can play a role in making the Downtown Loop (Central Business District) more walkable, authentic, safe and connected. The studio is working under the guidance of director, Vladimir Krstic, professor Jason Brody, and the Art in the Loop Advisory Committee.

Please join us for a public meeting on Thursday, March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore, to learn more about the Art in the Loop Vision Study and the Downtown Recycling System Vision Study and give your input.

Contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org, with questions about Art in the Loop or Sarah Kraly, sarahkraly@kcdesigncenter.org, with questions about the Kansas City Design Center.

Henry Bloch to receive Kirk Award at DTC Annual Luncheon

Architect Steve McDowell points out construction details to benefactor Henry W. Bloch at a ceremony for the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Steve McDowell, honorary Annual Luncheon Chair, will present the Kirk Award to Mr. Bloch. Photo by Janet Rogers.

Architect Steve McDowell points out construction details to benefactor Henry W. Bloch at a ceremony for the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC. Steve McDowell, honorary Annual Luncheon Chair for the Downtown Council, will present the Kirk Award to Mr. Bloch on Jan. 8.

The Downtown Council is pleased announce that Henry W. Bloch will receive the 2016 J. Philip Kirk, Jr. Award in recognition of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship at its Annual Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 8.

This award is presented annually by the Downtown Council to leaders whose vision, guidance and commitment have helped set Downtown Kansas City on a clear path for revitalization. The award’s namesake, J. Philip Kirk Jr., epitomized these qualities.

Henry Bloch is the co-founder and honorary chairman of the board of H&R Block, Inc., which he and his brother, Richard, founded in 1955.  Mr. Bloch is being honored for his entrepreneurial spirit and leadership; the generous philanthropic support the H&R Block Foundation and the Bloch Family Foundation for improving the social fabric of Kansas City and Downtown; and the capital and human investment H&R Block, Inc. made by relocating its corporate headquarters to Downtown Kansas City in 2006. Almost 10-years later the company continues to attract a young, talented workforce to its headquarters and to Downtown.

The award will be presented during the DTC’s Annual Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, from in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center.

To learn more about the luncheon, commit to a sponsorship or purchase tickets before December 15, visit www.downtownkc.org/annual-luncheon.  Contact Ann Holliday, ann@downtownkc.org or Shannen Merrick, smerrick@evenergy.com with any questions.