A NOTE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
DALE BROUK, FIVESTAR LIFESTYLES
Last week at the Board meeting we provided the 2018 Annual Report which sums up a remarkable year of accomplishments under the leadership of Past Chair Aaron Schmidt.
As I look forward to my role as the 2019 Chairman it comes with cautious optimism. The economy is strong today but headwinds from China, Brexit, and an ever changing political environment can be cause for reflection. These global headwinds coupled with state and local hurdles challenge us every day and it is how we work through them that make our companies better, stronger and more profitable. I have always lived by the motto “change is good, you must embrace it and make it work for you!”
The Platte County Economic Development Council (PCEDC) has its own set of challenges in 2019. We again are faced will a zero based budget, which in simple terms means our revenues equal our expenses. As with our own businesses we should not be satisfied with breaking even. I am asking you to please keep in the forefront what PCEDC has done for your business and Platte County.
I look forward to serving as Chairman and working with my team, Mike Duffy, Co-Chair, Mike Reik, Treasurer and the Past Chair, Aaron Schmidt. And as we all know, none of this happens without Alicia Stephens, Stephanie Deppen and Molly Ramirez. A special thanks to Stephanie Neppl for all her help in 2018 and we wish her the best of success in her new endeavors in Iowa.
Let 2019 bring success to ongoing projects such as KCI Airport and the Northland Youth Sports Complex. Read on to find ways you can involved. We can't do our work without your support.
PLATTE COUNTY EDC 1ST QUARTER LUNCHEON
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Opportunities for Involvement
Strategic Plan Update
The mission of PCEDC is to promote, enhance and grow economic development in Platte County, MO. In so doing, we strive to improve the business environment, our communities and the quality of life in all of Platte County. In late 2017, consultant Janet Ady conducted interviews with key stakeholders and a year ago she provided her report. Based on her findings, we got to work on the new plan. 2018 was the year of refinement and the new plan is a result of that effort. All strategies are mapped out in detail in our strategic plan.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP
JOIN A COMMITTEE / TASKFORCE
PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs: Mike Kellam and Tim Kelley
Advocate for development of public regulatory agencies and advise on positions the PCEDC should take on ballot and legislative issues.
KCI AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs: Darren Hennen and Duane Soper
Develop real estate opportunities in the Kansas City International Airport business district, Twin Creeks and along the I-29 corridor. The efforts of two NEW taskforces will be under this committee.
I-29 CORRIDOR TASKFORCE: This taskforce will consider opportunities for greenfield development as well as identifying areas needing redevelopment/ reinvestment / repurposing.
KCI AREA LAND DEVELOPMENT TASKFORCE: This taskforce will be tasked with looking at the potential for development of the thousands of acres on the west side of the airport as well as land in the KCI Area Plan.
ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE
This committee oversees the operation of the PCEDC. Its tasks includes a quarterly meeting to review financial reports and make recommendations to the executive committee.The efforts of two NEW taskforces will be under this committee.
BYLAWS AND BOARD STRUCTURE TASKFORCE: This taskforce will study the PCEDC bylaws and make revision recommendations to the Board. The taskforce falls under the key strategy, as noted in the strategic plan, "Strengthen the Organization." Co-Chairs: TBD
MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE TASKFORCE: Participants of this taskforce will study the historic data to determine trends as they relate to the work plan for each particular year. Co-Chairs: TBD
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Location: Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO
During inclement weather, PCEDC will cancel meetings if the Park Hill School District closes.
KCI Area Development Committee, 7:30 AM on Thursday, February 7
KCI & Platte Purchase Advisory Committees, 8:00 AM on Wednesday, February 20
Public Policy Committee 7:30 AM on Thursday, February 21
Board of Directors, 7:30 AM on Friday, February 22
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News & Updates
KCMO Pre-K Sales Tax Ballot Issue
As recommended by the Public Policy Committee, the PCEDC Board of Directors took a position regarding the proposed KCMO Pre-K sales tax ballot issue. John Elliott made the motion that although the PCEDC believes in the need for Pre-K education for ALL children, it does not support the proposed sales tax as a funding mechanism. Dale Brouk seconded the motion. Cathleen Flournoy and Nathan BeVelle abstained. The remaining Board members voted in favor and the motion passed. The PCEDC feels strongly that this discussion needs to occur with our leaders at the State.
Buck O'Neil (Broadway) Bridge
Read the latest news on the KCI New Terminal project from Edgemoor. READ MORE
Congratulations to Garver for celebrating its 100th year in business. READ MORE
Zona Rosa wants your input! Provide your feedback by taking a BRIEF SURVEY.
Kansas City Aviation Department reports that 11,850,825 passengers traveled through KCI Airport in 2018, up 3.0% from 2017. December totals were up 3.6% from 2017 figures, with 947,120 passengers arriving and departing through KCI's gates during the month, which marked the busiest December on record.
North Kansas City Hospital offers health classes, events and complimentary wellness screenings. See full details for classes on their WEBSITE.
Platte Valley Bank offers a monthly "Eat & Educate Events for Small Business" series in partnership with MidContinent Public Library. REGISTER HERE
Transportation Infrastructure Update
Construction on Skyview Ave from Ambassador Drive to Tiffany Springs Road is scheduled to begin early spring
NW 72nd Street Improvements
The 72nd Street project from I-29 to N. Polk is out to bid. Construction will start early spring with a 18-24 month completion time frame.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TOP INVESTORS
PLATINUM PLUS INVESTORS
Park Hill School District
Platte County R-3 School District
Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, PC
Trammell Crow Company
Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa
City of Weston
EDC of Kansas City
KCI Auto Auction
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