meet the board of directors
Our Board of Directors, plus dedicated staff of talented and diverse individuals make up the EDCKC team. We also work collaboratively with our local partners to strengthen economic growth city-wide.
Bridgette Williams, Chair
Heavy Constructors Assoc. of KC
Councilman Lee Barnes
Chair, Neighborhood, Planning & Development Committee
McClain Bryant Macklin
Director, Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Health Forward Foundation
Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Exec. Dir., Comm. Relations & Govt Affairs, NKC School District
Makini L. King, Ph.D.
UMKC Director of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
City of Kansas City, Missouri
City of Kansas City, Missouri
Interim President & CEO
Executive Assistant (President & CEO)
Business Development Loan Officer
Government Affairs Officer
Grant Writing Coordinator
Coordinator of Entrepreneurship
& Industry Initiatives
Business Development Officer
Business Development Officer
Executive Director of LCRA/ EEZ
Administrative Assistant, LCRA
Sr. Development Services Specialist
Executive Director, Tax Increment Financing Commission & Industrial Development Authority/Managing Project Director
Administrative Coordinator, Tax Increment Financing Commission and Industrial Development Authority
EDCKC serves as the economic development agency for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. The most centrally located major city in the U.S., Kansas City, Missouri, is ranked among the Top 25 Future-Ready U.S. Cities by economists on factors including human capital, infrastructure and commerce, as reported February 2016 in Convene magazine, and has been the recent recipient of other kudos including top 20 large cities to start a business, #2 best city for jobs, top five city for good pay and housing and #4 most cultured city in the country.
Our partner in creating a vibrant, economically sustainable Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A private, nonprofit organization, the Downtown Council (DTC) advances initiatives that promote economic development and quality of life Downtown. The organization is co-founder with EDCKC of LaunchKC, a program that annually provides 10 $50,000 grants, mentorship and transitional workspace to tech entrepreneurs worldwide that locate in Kansas City, Missouri.
Our partner in marketing and business recruitment. Named the top 2014 Regional Economic Development Group in the nation, The Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) is a private, nonprofit organization promoting the economic development of the 18-county Greater Kansas City region.
Our partner in promoting business retention and expansion. Founded in 1988, the Kansas City Industrial Council (KCIC) is comprised of industry leaders committed to enhancing the city’s industrial climate by repairing aging infrastructure, modernizing for competitiveness, encouraging excellence in education and job training and reducing blight in industrial districts.
Our partner in marketing and business recruitment. An investor-owned utility, Evergy has provided safe, reliable and affordable energy for more than 100 years. Currently serving more than 800,000 customers throughout northwest Missouri and eastern Kansas, the company has long contributed time and treasure to the overall economic well-being of our city. Evergy is a trusted energy provider and a vital participant in assuring the vibrant economic future of Kansas City, Missouri.
Our partner in promoting Kansas City’s advantage in the animal health industry. The KC Animal Health Corridor is a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to attracting animal health and nutrition companies that look to leverage the city’s assets provided by the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world.
Our partner in promoting Kansas City, Missouri’s advantage in the transportation, distribution, advanced manufacturing and supply chain logistics sectors. KC SmartPort is a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to attracting freight-based companies such as those in manufacturing, distribution and warehousing that look to leverage the city’s location and infrastructure advantages for their businesses.
Our partner in the attraction, retention and growth of technology companies and the skilled talent that powers them. Named the #4 Hot Startup City by Entrepreneur magazine, Kansas City, Missouri’s tech industry is anchored by multinational corporations and inspired by innovative entrepreneurs. KC Tech Council works to ensure the sustained competitive environment in which these businesses and their workforce can thrive.
Our partner in workforce training and solutions. Metropolitan Community College (MCC) is a key contributor to developing critical workforce training opportunities and a talent pipeline for Kansas City employers through programs and services designed to provide short-term training opportunities for high demand industries.
Our partner in attracting and supporting business growth and the development of a highly skilled workforce. Missouri Department of Economic Development provides a full complement of resources including generous public investment to attract new business and support the organic growth of businesses already committed to the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
Our partner in providing direct support to companies investing in the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 2007, Missouri Partnership is a public-private economic development partnership that attracts news jobs and investment to Missouri generally and Kansas City specifically, raising its visibility as a globally competitive location.
Our partner in advancing Kansas City, Missouri’s transportation, trade, commerce and riverfront development. Established in 1977 by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Port KC has authority to issue bonds, enter into development contracts and engage in land reclamation in service to its mission to redevelop or develop facilities, grow inland and river port commercial cargo and freight, address blight and historic preservation, redevelop the downtown riverfront and advance multi-modal transportation.
Our partner in business recruitment and retention in Platte County, Missouri. Founded in 1988, the nonprofit Platte County EDC (PCEDC) assists prospective, new and existing businesses by providing economic development resources regarding sites and buildings, existing business inventory, job training programs, amenities and attractions, all in Platte County cities and towns.
Our partner in business recruitment and retention in Clay County, Missouri. Founded in 1967, the nonprofit Clay County EDC (CCEDC) improves the business sector, environment and quality of life through initiatives that attract new business, expand and retain business opportunities and enhance community development outreach, as well as services delivered by affiliate organizations including capital for small business through 504 debenture and revolving loan programs.
Our partner in business development in the Kansas City, Missouri, Northland. The Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce (NRCC) serves to enhance business opportunities and services for members, promote high-quality growth and development and lead the development of activity and partnership among business, government and education.
Our partner in business development in South Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1931, the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (SKCCC) is dedicated to creating and promoting a successful environment for businesses in South Kansas City by providing connections to customers, learning opportunities and serving as an ombudsman between business and local, state and federal government.
Our partner in talent recruitment. Through understanding the psychology, behaviors and values that connect today’s workforce and next generation talent, TeamKC helps promote the Kansas City region’s livability alongside company’s recruiting efforts.