Make plans now to attend the Downtown Council’s 2015 Annual Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center.

The 2015 luncheon marks a moment of clarity and opportunity for Downtown Kansas City. An already-booming Innovation District in the Crossroads is proving to be an economic game-changer… destined to create jobs, attract talent, unlock value and engage private investment… in Downtown KC. The Downtown Council is working to leverage the density of our Innovation District and cultivate an ecosystem that makes Downtown a more desirable place to attract entrepreneurs and millennials to live, work, start and grow businesses in the urban center of Kansas City. Downtowns nationwide are poised to reap even greater success as people look for more options for living, working, building startup businesses and playing in walkable, mixed-use communities that offer cultural amenities and transportation options. Learn more about the luncheon at www.downtownkc.org/2015luncheon.

The End of the Suburbs. The Rise of Downtowns.

Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher

Setting the stage for the 2015 luncheon is Leigh Gallagher, author of The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving. Gallagher, a managing editor of Fortune Magazine, will focus her keynote remarks on the rise of central cities and the changing values and dreams of young Americans.

Luncheon Highlights

  • Honor the memory of J. Philip Kirk, Jr., 1937-2014
  • Presentation of the Kirk Award in Recognition of Community Vision and Downtown Stewardship to Thomas H. Trabon.
  • Announcement of the 2014 Urban Hero Award recipients, honoring small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals who are improving the quality and diversity of life Downtown.
  • Participate in the Spirit of Downtown Exhibit. More than 50 booth spaces will highlight new developments, creative businesses and the arts in Downtown Kansas City.

Honorary Chairman: Jonathan Kemper, Commerce Bank
Planning Chairman: Jon Copaken, Copaken Brooks

Reserve your tickets and sponsorships by December 1:   www.downtownkc.org/2015luncheon

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