A note from Chairman Aaron Schmidt


With the passing of our good friend and fearless leader, Ed Bradley, the board voted last week for me to take back the Chairman role for 2018. Given upcoming changes i.e. strategic plan, Ed's passing and budget work, I believe continuity will be beneficial.

So I step back into the Chairman seat and Patricia Jensen moves back into the Immediate Past Chair position. Dale Brouk is Vice Chairman, Mike Duffy is Treasurer and John Elliott will represent the County Commission.

The PCEDC executive committee will be looking for participation from our members as we embark on a new strategic plan.

We will meet in mid-March to layout the structure to develop the plan. We believe we'll need to review things like bylaws, committees and board structure, as well as our mission and key strategies and actions. I hope when we make the call for input, you will answer.

One immediate need is leadership for our Public Policy Committee. Jeff Elsea has chaired this committee for a couple of years. It is now someone else's turn. Do you have an interest in policy, legislation, ballot issues and ordinances? We could use your help. I have a Vice Chairman - board member Tim Kelley has stepped up. We need a chairman for that committee. If you want to learn more about commitment, agendas, timing, please call Alicia at 816-270-2109.

As was the case with the KCI Terminal issue, continuing the Platte County EDC's efforts and successes will require a grassroots effort from our members.

Harley-Davidson News


The recent headlines about Harley-Davidson's closure of the KCMO Platte County were devastating. Through years of business visits, I can honestly say we were caught by surprise.  We have a Harley representative on our board, they have been members since the very beginning and we consistently completed business visits. As has been reported - this was not a local decision; this is not about KCMO or Platte County - the company facilities do not meet Harley's market needs.

It was reported at our board meeting last Friday, that Harley does not yet have timing of layoffs, numbers of layoffs per phase or what they'll do with the facility. Those details are all works in progress.  
Bikes will continue to roll off the Kansas City line until July of 2019.

The silver lining is that my phone is ringing off the hook with H.R. Directors ready to hire folks right now. Maybe instead of building bikes, employees would like to build airplanes at ATS in the Overhaul Base.

We'll keep you posted on timing.

Upcoming Meeting and Events

First Quarter Luncheon

Join us as a panel of Platte County businesses share their experiences in the Platte County business community!
When: Friday March 2, 11:30am-1pm
WhereHilton KCI
Please RSVP here!
Registration closes Tuesday, 2/27/18.

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

  • KCI Area Development will meet at 7:30am on Thursday, March 1st with a discussion on the KCMO stormwater in the Twin Creeks area.
  • Public Policy Committee will next meet at 7:30am on Thursday, March 15th
  • KCI TIF Advisory Committee and Platte Purchase TIF Advisory Committee will jointly meet at 8am on Wednesday, March 21st.
  • Marketing/BRE Committee next meets at 3.30pm on Thursday, March 22nd.
  • The PCEDC Board of Directors meets at 7:30am on Friday, March 23rd.

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

Reminder: in the event of inclement weather, the Platte County EDC follows the Park Hill School District's closures.

Public Policy Items to Watch

KCMO April 3 Election - The Platte County EDC board voted to endorse KCMO's ballot issue to reauthorize the existing 1% sales tax for public infrastructure improvements which includes the City's share of the costs for the replacement of the Buck O'Neil Bridge.

Transportation funding - The Platte County EDC's legislative priorities include support of Representative Kevin Corlew's Transportation Taskforce recommendation. At this time, the transportation funding issue has been added onto a larger tax reform bill upon which the PCEDC has not take a position.

Prevailing wage changes - The Platte County EDC's legislative priorities include support of revising prevailing wage laws. Public sector projects, no matter what size, are required to pay prevailing wage. The PCEDC supports legislation that would keep project costs reasonable.

Video Lottery Terminals - Senate Bill 767 provides a mechanism to allow video lottery terminals in the State. Whereas Casinos are regulated by the Missouri Gaming Commission, VLT would fall under the State Lottery Commission. It is estimated that VLTs will cause extensive losses to our Casinos. t is also noted that this would be the largest single expansion of gaming since the voters authorized river boat gaming in the 90s. The PCEDC is expected to take a position yet this week.

Platte City Chamber recognizes PCEDC


Thank you Platte City Chamber of Commerce for recognizing us for 30 Years of Service! 

Here's our vice-chair Dale Brouk accepting the award from Platte City Chamber Board President Dr. Ann Riggs at the Chamber's Celebration of Business event, which as held February 17th.

We will hold a special luncheon to honor our 30th anniversary on 8th from 11.30am-1pm at the Marriott KCI. Please save the date!

Notice of Opportunity for a Public Scoping Meeting for the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 106 Review at KCI

The City of Kansas City, Missouri Aviation Department will host a Public Scoping Meeting to discuss the type and scope of information and analysis to be included in a Draft EA for the Proposed Replacement Terminal Project at Kansas City International Airport. This project will study the environmental impacts of the development of a replacement terminal and other associated actions.

This is an opportunity for the public to provide input on what issues and information should be addressed in the EA. Comment sheets and a chance to give oral comments will be available at the meeting. 

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Where: Ambassador Building located at 12200 N. Ambassador Dr., Kansas City, Missouri.

If you need assistance with language or accessibility, please contact J. Jade Liska, City of Kansas City, Missouri Aviation Department at (816) 243-3045.

Jobs resources

If your Platte County company is holding a hiring event, we can share the details on our website. We can also feature current job openings and link to your company's jobs page. Please contact Stephanie Gillespie for info or to include your company on our jobs page.

Investor News

Southwest Airlines announced new daily nonstop service from KCI to Raleigh/ Durham, North Carolina (RDU) beginning April 8th.  With the addition of this new service, Southwest will proudly serve 31 nonstop destinations from Kansas City.

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

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that 811,978 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport's gates in January, a 3.3 percent increase from January 2017. Passenger boardings were up 3.7 percent, with a total of 405,749 boarded. Read.

Platte Valley Bank offers a monthly "Eat & Educate Events for Small Business" series in partnership with MidContinent Public Library. Register online here.





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
EDC of Kansas City
Gardner Construction
Hunt Midwest
KCI Auto Auction
McCownGordon Construction
MD Management



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