PCEDC Holds Quarterly Member Luncheon

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The Platte County Economic Development Council held its Quarterly Member Luncheon on September 7, 2018 at the KCI Hilton. The luncheon was sponsored by TranSystems, and featured a panel related to the theme of "All Things Transportation." Click here for a recap.

Upcoming Meeting and Events

Our 2018 Business Excellence Awards will be held on Friday, December 7th from 11.30am-1pm at the Embassy Suites.

Sponsorship information and an invite will be sent next month so keep an eye in your inbox!

Committee Meetings

Location: Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO 

  • KCI Area Development will meet at 7:30am on Thursday, October 4th, and hear an update from Kansas City Parks and Platte County Parks.

  • KCI TIF Advisory Committee and Platte Purchase TIF Advisory Committee will next meet at 8am on Wednesday, October 17th.

  • Public Policy Committee next meets at 7:30 am on Thursday, October 18th.

  • The Platte County EDC Board will meet at 7.30am on Friday, October 26th.

To view the PCEDC events calendar, click here.To view previous meeting minutes, click here (the password is pcedc2017).

Ed Bradley Sports Medicine Center Dedication and Tour

A dedication of the Ed Bradley Sports Medicine Center was held in honor of our former Board Chairman, who was a dedicated Northland civic leader and supporter of Park University Athletics.

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Work on Buck O'Neil Bridge will cause complete closure

The Missouri Department of Transportation has rescheduled the following closure of the Buck O'Neil (Broadway) Bridge. Crews will close all northbound lanes of the Buck O'Neil Bridge from 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 through 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 for median replacement operations. This will be a 24/7 closure and will require motorists to find an alternate route. Read more.

An environmental study is also underway and will build on the recently completed planning and environmental linkages (PEL) study to further evaluate options to improve or potentially replace the bridge. The study, which is scheduled to conclude in late 2019, will require significant public input in the coming months. Two formal public meeting will be scheduled in 2019. Learn more about the study here.

Zona Rosa under new management

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Zona Rosa is now under the management of Trademark Property Company, a full-service real estate firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. 
"Zona Rosa is a popular destination in north Kansas City and we are excited to help write the next chapter of its story and come up with ways to better serve its market," said Terry Montesi, CEO, Trademark Property Co. "We have a strong track record of uncovering the hidden potential in these types of complex properties, and we see a big opportunity at Zona Rosa." Read morehere

Missouri Air Travelers Have a Few More Months until Airport Security Checkpoint ID Requirements Change with REAL ID

The Kansas City Aviation Department wants to allay concerns travelers may have that they must use a U.S. passport to board their flights after October 10. For now, they have through January 21, 2019. Read more here: http://flykci.com/newsroom/news-releases/missouri-real-id-update-9-2018/

Platte County hiring events and job listings

The Full Employment Council is hosting a Hiring Fair in celebration of Manufacturing Day. This hiring fair is for workers that have recently been laid off as a result of the Harley Davidson plant closure and those who have recently completed training in warehouse, advanced manufacturing, and transportation (CDL). 

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Friday, October 5th 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 


Kansas City Airport Marriott

775 Brasilia Ave

Kansas City, MO 64153

All Platte County companies are welcome to send us information and flyers for any upcoming hiring events, which we will share on our website jobs page as well as on social media. If you have a hiring event to list, please contact Stephanie Deppen

Proposition D vote nears

The SaferMO.com website - www.SaferMO.com - is there to help Missourians learn about Proposition D, the statutory ballot measure for funding safe roads and bridges. Proposition D appears on Missouri's November 6, 2018, general election ballot. It was referred to state voters by the Legislature. Prop D phases in a 2.5 cents annual motor fuels tax increase over four years. 

The Platte County EDC Board of DIrectors supports Proposition D. If your company or organization is interested in receiving a presentation, please contact the office on 816-270-2109.

Housing Policy

At this months Public Policy Committee meeting, Councilmen Scott Wagner and Quinton Lucas provided information regarding Kansas City's proposed housing policy. Kansas City has not had an official housing policy for over a decade. Instead, it's been dictated by HUD's 5 year policy. 

Some of the concerns expressed were:

  • The proposed policy should be more defined, specifically consider the impact of the definition of affordable.

  • Affordable is not required if not incentivized and if not a significant public investment in infrastructure. What is a significant investment? 

  • Expedited permitting for affordable projects puts other projects at the bottom of an already long process.

  • Housing development costs could increase more. Profit margins for housing development have stayed the same for 20 years, but lot prices have increased by $20,000. 

Councilmen Wagner and Lucas indicated that the current proposed housing policy, is just a starting point of conversations. The intent is that the policy will not be a one size fits all. 

Platte County EDC welcomes new members

  • Synergy Services - Synergy Services strengthens the individual, family and community through crisis intervention, shelter, counseling, advocacy and education.

  • City Rent A Truck - City Rent A Truck offers a full line of vans and work trucks for rent and lease.

Board Member Highlight

At our August Board meeting, Board Chair Aaron Schmidt, shared the history of Hunt Midwest and their services offered. Hunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, full-service real estate development company with a focus on industrial, commercial, retail, mission critical, multi-family, senior housing and residential real estate. 

Platte County in the News

  • Lincoln Rackhouse, a division of Lincoln Property Co., has acquired a data center campus in Kansas City's AirWorld Center that covers nearly 260,000 square feet. Click here for more details.

  • k12itc: Former Mr. K Award winner expands beyond education market. Read here.

  • 'It's the real deal': Parkville mixes old and new for winning recipe. Watch the FOX4 news story here

Investor News

Park University announced it has partnered with SD Strong Distilling to develop the 7 Year Big Boom Bourbon that will celebrate Park's 150th Anniversary.  Read more here.

Equity Bank was #2 on the Kansas City Business Journal's list of Kansas City's Top 10 banks by loan growth at midyear. Read more here.

Click here to view the latest KCI New Terminal project news from Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate, including design progress, pre-construction activities, development agreement and financial updates, and community outreach.

Kansas City International Airport passenger traffic increased 3% in August. Year-to-date passenger boardings are 3,953,213, up 2.7%. Read more.

North KC Hospital offers health classes, events and complimentary wellness screenings. See full details for classes on their website or click here for the October schedule.

Platte Valley Bank offers a monthly "Eat & Educate Events for Small Business" series in partnership with MidContinent Public Library. Register online here. The next event is "Resilience, Peak Performance, and Stress Management and is held on October 17th.

Transportation Infrastructure update

  • Reminder that the southbound lanes of the Buck O'Neil Bridge are now closed for a 7-month period. Work is being done underneath the bridge. Follow the project here.

  • Follow construction on the new I-29 bridge near Tiffany Springs MarketCentre here

  • Skyview from Ambassador Drive to Tiffany Springs Road will go to bid soon and the intent is to start work in the early fall.  

  • Work on 64th Street & Prairie View Road has begun. Follow the project here. Project details are being finalized for the southern section of the NW Prairie View Road work.

  • The 72nd Street project is finalizing rights of way with MODOT and once it is approved next month, the project will move for bidding. Construction will start late fall/early spring with a 18-24 month completion time frame.






National Golf Club

Park Hill School District

Platte-Clay Electric

Platte County R-3 School District


Trammell Crow Co.



Wells Bank

White Goss

11500 Ambassador

Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa


City of Weston

EDC of Kansas City

Gardner Construction


Hunt Midwest

KCI Auto Auction

McCownGordon Construction

MD Management


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