Downtown Council April 2024 New Members


By Julie Shippy, Director of Membership, Events Manager and Office Summit at Downtown Council of Kansas City

The Downtown Council will recognize new members every quarter. This quarter we have two new members, Hoefer Welker, and Wickham James Strategies & Solutions.

Hoefer Welker

Hoefer Welker is an architecture and planning company that was founded in 1996, they are a full-service design firm offering architecture, interior design, MEP engineering, and medical equipment planning and technology consulting firm. They serve clients in healthcare, higher education, government, and commercial sectors across the U.S., bringing diversified expertise to every job.

Representative – Rob Welker, President & Partner
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Wickham & James Strategies & Solutions

Wickham & James Strategies & Solutions is a public relations and communications firm. Both Joni and Sly are a diverse team with decades of experience in delivering results through:

  • Public relations including crisis communications
  • Political strategy and advocacy
  • Government relations and public policy
  • Mediations
  • Public speaking and leadership development

Representatives – Joni Wickham, Co-Founder, Sly James, Co-Founder
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Membership in the 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, retailers, 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, the Board of Directors, as well as many public and private partners.

Are you interested in learning about Downtown Council membership opportunities?
Contact Julie Shippy at for more information.