Congratulations 2017 Cornerstone Award Winners!

In Cornerstone Awards by EDCKC Staff

We’re proud to announce our 2017 Cornerstone winners selected from 29 finalists announced earlier this year! The 2017 Cornerstone winners include people, projects, businesses, programs, initiatives and events in Kansas City, Missouri that most closely align with the mission of the EDC: To drive economic development and growth and to work toward creating an environment in which businesses and residents prosper in Kansas City, Missouri.

2017 Cornerstone Winners:

63rd Street Revitalization, Oak to Troost
Boulevard Brewing Company Tours & Recreation Center
Burns & McDonnell Headquarters Expansion
Corrigan Station
MMC Contractors
Oak Point Duplexes
Power & Light Apartments
Virgin Mobile USA

Innovation Winners:

PayIt, LLC
Pinsight Media
Startland News
The Grooming Project

“Made In Kansas City” Winners:

Kansas City Sausage Co.
Sandlot Goods
Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

Lifetime Achievement Winner

Barnett and Shirley Helzberg

People’s Choice Contest

There is a public vote for one People’s Choice Award from all of the above winning projects (excluding Lifetime achievement). Voting will close at 11:59 pm on Monday, May 8th and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the Cornerstone event on Tuesday, May 9th.

Cornerstone Awards Event Details

Award winners are formally recognized at the EDCKC Cornerstone Awards Reception, May 9, 2017, 4:00 pm-6:30 pm, at Union Station Kansas City. More than 400 guests are expected to attend and we invite you to come out and celebrate with us!

Keynote Speaker – Terry Bassham, CEO Great Plains Energy

Terry Bassham is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy, the holding company for Kansas City Power & Light and we are excited to welcome him as our keynote speaker at the 2017 Cornerstone awards reception. Bassham has extensive regulated public utility experience with over 25 years in the industry. He is considered a thought leader in strategy development, federal and state regulation and compliance, alignment of company cultures, finance and investment management, and community and political relations.

May 9th, 2017

4:00 PM – 6:30 PM • Union Station

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THANK YOU to our 2017 Cornerstone Partners and Sponsors!


Bank of Kansas City
Block Real Estate
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Boulevard Brewing Co
Bryan Cave
Commerce Bank
Downtown Council
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Gilmore & Bell
Hunt Midwest
Husch Blackwell
JE Dunn
Kansas City Aviation Dept.
Lewis Rice
McCownGordon Construction
Planned Industrial Expansion Authority
SB Friedman
Sunflower Development Group
Taliaferro & Browne
Tax Increment Financing Commission
TREKK Design Group


Industrial Development Authority
Kansas City Area Development Council
Kansas City Industrial Council


Hardwick Law Firm
HOMKOR Companies


Twelfth Street Heritage Development Corporation

*For more information on partnerships and sponsorships, please click here.

Helzberg Photo credit: UMKC Bloch School