Downtown Kansas City and its evolving place in the global Smart City stratosphere will be the focus of the Downtown Council’s Annual Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center.

An estimated 1,000 DTC members and stakeholders, will gather for the 2018 Annual Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event serves as a celebration of the accomplishments and trajectory of Downtown Kansas City of the past year and decade. Click here to reserve your table or tickets.

TJ Costello, Cisco, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Smart City is the theme of the 2018 Downtown Council Annual LuncheonSmart Cities are about people… and tools… and data… and analysis… and leveraging them in order to improve the citizen experience and to predict future needs.

Kansas City’s Smart City Initiative began when the City of Kansas City leveraged a complex capital project – the introduction of the KC Streetcar – and added advanced technological capabilities. That transformed simple transportation into a multi-functional data collection and analysis platform, which is revolutionizing the way it manages operations.

The KC Smart City infrastructure features an extensive, coordinated suite of connective Wi-Fi technology and analytical platforms along the 51-block streetcar corridor on Main Street to improve delivery of city services.

Currently, Downtown’s 51 square blocks are “smart.” The City is working to expand these capabilities to all 325 square miles of Kansas City, Missouri. This is one of the most connected cities in the country with more than 5.5 million miles of fiber. KC is also a leader in digital inclusion, increasing the entire community’s computer literacy. The City’s digital capacity is also supporting numerous high-tech start-up companies.

The objective of the Smart Cities initiative is to enable Kansas City to be the smartest city in North America within five years and remain among the thought leaders for Smart City efforts around the world.

Keynote speaker, T.J. Costello, Director of Smart Cities and IoT – Americas at Cisco, will share how Downtown KC might just be the smartest place in the country, which creates a crystal clear competitive advantage for Kansas City regionally, nationally and globally.

Costello is responsible for Cisco’s Smart Cities go-to-market strategy for the Americas. His team focuses on building economic, social and environmental sustainability for cities through the use of technology.

2017 Downtown Council Annual Luncheon

Luncheon Highlights:

Our honorary co-chairs are Steve McDowell, Design Director, BNIM Architects and Irv Hockaday, retired President and CEO, Hallmark Cards Inc., past President and CEO, Kansas City Southern. Planning chairs are Nate Orr, Partner, Spencer Fane and Cathy Smith, Vice President of Corporate Planning, Faultless Starch/Bon Ami.

We hope you will join us at the luncheon. Click here to reserve your table or individual tickets. Contact Ann Holliday,, or Ashley Broockerd,, for more information.

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