2023 Annual Luncheon

Downtown Council’s Annual Luncheon – Friday, April 14, 2023
Spirit of Downtown Exhibit – 11am-12pm
Annual Luncheon – 12pm-1:30pm
Loews Kansas City Hotel
1515 Wyandotte

Place Matters

Celebrate Downtown Kansas City

The Downtown Council is pleased to announce New York Times best-selling author Dan Gardner as the keynote speaker for the Downtown Kansas City Annual Luncheon. Gardner will take the themes and lessons learned, outlined in his latest book, How Big Things Get Done, and apply them to the catalytic projects poised to determine Downtown Kansas City’s future. All attendees will be provided with a copy of the book.

With this year’s theme “Place Matters” we will highlight catalytic projects from the South Loop Link to the Greenline to the Ballpark District and provide insight from the key players, as well as transformative strategies ranging from making Downtown livable for all to nurturing a prosperous, innovative and creative economy.

Luncheon Highlights

  • Keynote Speaker: Dan Gardner
    New York Times 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

Kay Barnes
Honorary Chair of the Annual Luncheon
Senior Director for University Engagement at Park University
Kansas City Mayor, 1999 – 2007

Dr. Kimberly Beatty
Planning Chair of the Annual Luncheon
Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College

Mike Klamm
Planning Chair of the Annual Luncheon
Senior Vice President of CBRE

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 sold out. Please contact Ashley Broockerd (abroockerd@evenergy.com) or Ann Holliday (ann@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 Loews Kansas City during the Downtown KC Awards Reception on Thursday, April 13 from 5-7 pm and prior to the Annual Luncheon on Friday, April 14 from 11am-12pm. Click here for a list of exhibitors.  

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Kansas City, MO 64106

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