A Successful Year


December 20, 2010

Chamber President and CEO James A. Heeter

They say change is inevitable (and healthy), and 2010 has certainly been a change-filled (and exciting) year for your Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce!

  • As the year closes, we’re settling into our new office space at the architectural treasure that is Union Station.  What an extraordinary space in which to hold our many events and meetings. 

We’re open for business and located on the third floor, southwest side.  Meanwhile on the east side of the Station, construction continues on The Board Room, with great care being taken of the historic elements of the old Harvey House space.  When it’s finished, it will be a marvelous blend of the old coupled with new, state-of-the-art technology.

Save this date on your new calendar:  January 27, 5:00 to 7:00, Business After Hours at Union Station.  We’ll be holding an open house and invite you to join us!

  • Our survey of regional voters for the 2010 Governors’ Summit showed they looked to the business community for leadership on critical issues.  Their number one concern was job creation and the economy; they were way ahead of their political leaders on the importance of regional cooperation; and were critical of elected leadership, especially that of Kansas City, Missouri.  More…
  • The Chamber successfully supported the progressive slate of candidates in April’s school board elections in the Kansas City, Missouri school district.  That effort was preceded by organizing a strong show of business and community support behind School Superintendent John Covington’s right-sizing plan.

There has been much more:

 Our work on retaining KCMO’s e-tax began with the Board’s decision last March.  We’re now in the middle of organizing a formal campaign effort geared to the April election.  The Chamber’s political action committee has been interviewing KCMO mayoral candidates with a decision to come soon as to whom BizPAC will support.  And we held more than 300 committee meetings, networking events, forums, and other events during the year.

I’d especially like to thank those of you who have been both welcoming and supportive as I’ve taken on my new role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Kansas City Chamber. It’s been an interesting and delightful journey so far.  I’m looking forward to what’s ahead. 

In the meantime, I wish you the happiest of holidays!



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