About Us

The Downtown Council serves as the primary advocacy organization for Downtown Kansas City.

Downtown Council of Kansas City

The Downtown Council of Kansas City is a private, nonprofit membership organization representing Kansas City’s best businesses, property owners, nonprofit organizations, and anyone invested in Downtown’s success.

Through our work and partnerships, we ensure Downtown Kansas City is the clean, safe, and vibrant place where you work, shop, live, and do business. These efforts are made possible through the work of the administrative and operations staff, Board of Directors, as well as many public and private partners.

Affiliated Organizations

Art in the Loop Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization to engage artists in Downtown with public art commissions. The organization’s strength stems from its partnership with the Kansas City Art Institute, the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission, and the Downtown Council. Common ground is found in a shared belief that the development of Downtown and enhancing the cultural life of our city are directly linked.

The 501c4 Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) were established to make the Central Business District and River Market cleaner, safer, and more attractive. The CIDs are designed, through our safety and maintenance ambassadors, to create an inviting environment for all who live, work, and visit the Center Business District and River Market.

Downtown Kansas City Civic Ventures is a 501c3 nonprofit organization created in 2009 to improve Downtown and the urban core through educational and services programs. The organization manages and implements the LaunchKC initiatives and the Beehive Health & Housing Collaborative at 8th & Paseo.

The Downtown Political Action Committee (PAC) educates state and local candidates about the importance of the challenges and opportunities in Downtown Kansas City and endorses candidates who support those issues. The Downtown Council provides management and administrative services to the PAC.

DTC I Inc. was created by the Downtown Council to facilitate the development of the First National Bank building at 10th & Baltimore. The DTC formed an LLC to purchase the building and renovate it into the Central Library for the Kansas City Public Library. The organization currently manages the Library District TIF.

DTC Community Development Inc. (DTCCD), a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of the Downtown Council established to undertake community development projects such as the South Loop Project, a 4+ acre destination park planned to cover I-670 between the Crossroads Arts District and Central Business District in Downtown Kansas City.  The South Loop Project is a public-private partnership led by the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Port KC, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

Power House Properties KC LLC was formed by the Downtown Council to facilitate the redevelopment of the historic Power House at Union Station into the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity for the Kansas City Ballet. The building was a 90-year old, environmentally contaminated, former powerhouse that had been abandoned for 35 years.

Downtown Council Board Officers & Staff

Dr. Kimberly Beatty


Gib Kerr


Jason Parson


Paul Neidlein


Christopher Briggs


Elizabeth Danforth


Resident Engagement Manager

President & CEO

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Director, Art in the Loop

Executive Administrative Assistant
Meeting Coordinator

Vice President
Executive Director, Community Improvement Districts

Director of Operations, Community Improvement Districts


Membership & Events Manager

Internal Communications Manager

Director of Business Recruitment & Research
Director, LaunchKC

Downtown Council of Kansas City
1000 Walnut, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64106

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