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 Individual tickets start at $100; sponsored tables of 10 start at $2,500. Contact Ann Holliday,, or Shannen Merrick,, with any questions or for additional information.