2024 Downtown Council

Annual Luncheon

Friday, April 12, 2024
Spirit of Downtown Exhibit – 11am-12pm
Annual Luncheon – 12pm-1:30pm
The Kay Barnes Grand Ballroom
1502 Wyandotte

The Evolution of Downtown

Celebrating Downtown Kansas City

The Downtown Council is pleased to announce city planner and best-selling author Jeff Speck as the keynote speaker for the Downtown Kansas City Annual Luncheon. Based on his experience in city planning, urban design, and the impact of walkability on downtowns, Jeff will share his knowledge about what makes downtowns unique and how cities can continue to make them vibrant and attractive destinations for all.

With the keyword from this year’s theme being “evolution”, we will pause to celebrate the incredible transformation of Downtown Kansas City over the last twenty plus years while highlighting what makes now one of the most exciting times to be involved with downtown. We will also discuss what’s next because we know there is more to be done and the evolution will continue.

Luncheon Highlights

  • Keynote Speaker: Jeff Speck
    City planner and best-selling author
  • Remarks from Mayor Quinton Lucas
    Mayor of KCMO
  • Presentation of the J. Philip Kirk Jr. Award
    Recognition of Downtown Stewardship & Community Vision
  • Announcement of the Urban Hero Awards
    Honoring individuals impacting Downtown at a grassroots level
  • Harvey Fried Award Presentation
    Recognition of a Downtown ambassador
  • Spirit of Downtown KC Exhibit
    Highlighting businesses, cultural and non-profit organizations

Luncheon Chairs

Paul Neidlein
Planning Chair of the Annual Luncheon
President – Midwest Region at JE Dunn Construction

Lynn Carlton
Chair of the Awards Committee
Practice Leader for Planning & Urban Design
Burns & McDonnell

Jennifer Wampler
Vice-Chair of the Awards Committee
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Kansas City Ballet

Registration & Sponsorship

Please follow the links below to register for the luncheon. There is a maximum of 8 individual tickets per order. If you would like a full table of 10, please select a sponsor level. Please click here for sponsor levels and benefits.

Annual luncheon sponsorships are available here. Please contact Ashley Broockerd (abroockerd@evenergy.com) or Jared Campbell (jared@downtownkc.org) with any questions.

Spirit of Downtown KC

The Spirit of Downtown KC Exhibit highlights more than 40 organizations, businesses, development projects, and cultural arts programs.

The exhibition will take place at the Kay Barnes Grand Ballroom during the Downtown KC Awards Reception on Thursday, April 11 from 5-7 pm and prior to the Annual Luncheon on Friday, April 12 from 11am-12pm.

Downtown Council of Kansas City
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Kansas City, MO 64106

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