South KC News / Member News

  • 26 Jun 2017 1:47 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Several prominent members of Kansas City’s contractor community are joining with South KC Chamber member, Burns & McDonnell as part of an all-star team of contractors united to build a new single-terminal KCI. Teaming with Burns & McDonnell are:

    • JE Dunn Construction
    • McCownGordon Construction

    “We are thrilled to announce that JE Dunn and McCownGordon are joining our KCI team,” says Burns & McDonnell chairman and CEO Ray Kowalik. “We have committed to build our hometown airport with the world-class construction and building trades talent right here in Kansas City and this team definitely measures up. This is the right team to build an airport that Kansas Citians will point to with pride for many years to come.”

    Some of the most recognized Kansas City firms in architectural design for airport terminals and aviation facilities have also joined Burns & McDonnell in its proposal for a new single-terminal KCI. The new firms teaming with the Burns & McDonnell architecture practice are:

    • HOK
    • Populous
    • BNIM
    • Wellner-Architects
    • Garcia Architecture

    “This is the next step in building a world class team of design talent that will deliver an airport all Kansas Citians will be proud of,” says Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Ray Kowalik. “When you look at their resumes, you see they have all been involved in designing amazing projects both here in Kansas City and around the world. Airports really create an identity for a whole community and we are excited to design a new KCI that will reflect everything we love about our hometown.”

    The design team will submit concepts for the new terminal when Burns & McDonnell delivers a formal proposal to the Kansas City Council as part of the City’s Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFQ/P). The City is expected to select a winning team by August 14, 2017.

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  • 15 Jun 2017 12:52 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    On Thursday, June 1st, Fishtech officially opened their doors in Martin City and Founder Gary Fish toasted all those who helped bring this project to life. Several Missouri dignitaries were present to celebrate the official opening and Sixth District Councilman Scott Taylor thanked Fishtech for all they’ve brought to South Kansas City.

    “There is so much growth in South Kansas City and Martin City and it’s an exciting time to be part of this evolution,” said Taylor. “Fishtech has made a tremendous investment in the district and we appreciate their commitment and vision for South Kansas City,” he said.

    We appreciate the many South Kansas City dignitaries, Chamber members, and Martin City businesses who came out to support Fishtech’s vision for our neighborhood, and to meet “Team Fishtech,” who has been busy at work behind the scenes creating technologies that will someday change the world.

    Read more and view photos of the event at

  • 06 Jun 2017 5:38 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    St. Joseph Medical Center officially opens the Sister Margaret’s Senior Clinic in Kansas City, led by a dedicated team of experts with specialized training and expertise in geriatric services. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled on June 27, 2017, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 1010 Carondelet Drive, Suite 120, Kansas City, MO 64114.  

    From senior relevant educational classes to a specialized Emergency Room and disease management services geared toward the special needs of seniors, the Senior Clinic at St. Joseph Medical Center brings renowned comprehensive healthcare services to the entire senior community.

    We are committed to bringing the best healthcare to seniors, to help ease the burden of illness on patients and their family,” said Kirk Sloan, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “The new inpatient and outpatient senior program will offer patients coordinated medical services, all in one convenient setting.”    

    Every detail of the Senior Clinic has been considered from the patient’s perspective to support the delivery of care in a setting that is safe, private and calming for seniors. Planning included extensive workflow design in partnership with members of the local community, and a multidisciplinary team of physicians and staff.  Special touches include more privacy, warmer environment, senior parking, assisted hearing and vision devices.

    “St. Joseph’s comprehensive senior care destination brings together physicians, therapists, home care agencies, geriatric specialists and post-acute care facilities to work side-by-side, allowing teams to share their expertise and information rapidly,” adds Dr. Sloan. “Access to specialty care in your local community extends our commitment to provide advanced treatment close to home.”   

    To schedule an appointment or take a tour of the Senior Clinic, please call 816-943-5755. To learn more, visit  Patients may also ask their doctor about St. Joseph’s. 

  • 15 May 2017 12:55 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Martin City Community Improvement District (MCCID) has hired Marla Duck to be the new Executive Director of the district. Duck replaces Missy Wilson who recently accepted a position as the City of Raytown’s Economic Development Administrator after four years of service to the CID.

    The Martin City CID is a 300 + acre business district in South Kansas with over 80 businesses located within its boundaries. Duck’s role will be to serve as a liaison on behalf of CID members to the City of KCMO and Jackson County on all Martin City infrastructure design and construction needs. She will also facilitate monthly board meetings and all district event plans.

    Duck was most recently the Donor Development Administrator at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy where she provided event coordination and logistics for events as large as 800 guests. Her focus was on fundraising, budgeting, expense tracking, and donor recognition.

    She has also assisted with fundraising and event planning efforts for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Kansas City Chorale, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Medical Missions Foundation, and AT&T. She was named Woman of the Year for the KC Autism Center in 2011 for achievement in fundraising and was recognized as a top fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Heart of America Chapter for five years in a row.

    Duck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Speech Pathology/Audiology from the University of Missouri and was specially trained in Information Systems Technology from MIT, Cambridge, MA while working with AT&T’s IT staff. She has also been extensively educated in Corporate management, sales, marketing, and negotiation from her days at AT&T and IBM.

    Duck has two children: a son, Brentton, an avid KU Jayhawk fan, and a dog-child, Zoe, the German Shepherd.

    “At one time, we had two REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets) greyhounds as part of our family along with an African Grey parrot,” said Duck. “As you might guess, I have a soft heart for dog-children and animals, to the extent of volunteering for REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) and MOGS (Missouri German Shepherd Rescue)!”

    Duck says she plans to continue focusing on current CID initiatives, especially on efforts to complete construction along 135th Street to Hwy. 150. She will also be aggressively recruiting prospective new businesses and developers to invest in Martin City.

    “My goal is to continue improvements to livability, beautification, publicity and tourism to this incredible neighborhood,” said Duck. “I look forward to working with and receiving input from the businesses and community that are part of Martin City.”

    We are excited to welcome Marla and look forward to working with her to continue the growth in Martin City. If you would like to get to know her better, please visit her LinkedIn profile.

  • 08 May 2017 12:28 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Representatives from Cerner, Burns & McDonnell, Red Bridge Shopping Center, Three Trails Industrial Park and Legacy Development discussed economic development at the South Kansas City Alliance Economic Development Summit exactly one year ago today.

    “It’s easy access,” said Ron Coker, a senior vice president at Burns & McDonnell, who recently completed an expansion at 9450 Ward Parkway that will house 1,400 engineers, architects and construction specialists.

    “If your business requires mobility, it’s a great, central location," Coker added, noting that much of the Burns & McDonnell workforce is spread across the city. Coker said South Kansas City has an opportunity to become a technology gateway.

    “We would love for all of those young engineers to live and play right around our offices in South Kansas City,” he says. “One of the challenges that the city has is, we have to get attractions that make it (South Kansas City) a viable, attractive opportunity.”

    Dave Claflin of Legacy Development says bringing more services and amenities to South Kansas City is a bit of a “chicken and egg” situation.

    “The millennials and younger workers don’t want to come in until the stores, the coffee shops, the restaurants are here, yet those kind of stores and restaurants are unlikely to be here unless they see demographic evidence that those customers exist,” Claflin said.

    Legacy Development manages the Ward Parkway Shopping Center and just completed a renovation of Truman’s Marketplace in nearby Grandview.

    “I think one of the most critical functions is tax revenue,” Claflin said. “If you don’t have the shopping inside your taxing boundaries, those tax dollars are going to other municipalities.”

    Claflin said one benefit of South Kansas City is its particularly active neighborhood association.

    Sixth District At-Large Councilman Scott Taylor said South Kansas City still offers affordable housing and neighborhood schools through the Center School District.

    “The number – thousands – of new jobs that have been created in South Kansas City is great because that creates a level of certainty and investment, potentially more people moving into our neighborhoods that have been on the market for a little bit,” Taylor said.

    Taylor added that Center has kept class sizes small at a time when many schools just across the state line in Johnson County, Kansas, have faced funding cuts.

    *This article is reposted from KCUR

  • 13 Mar 2017 1:26 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Mike Nill, chief operating officer for Cerner Corp., recently talked about the company's future, employees, and growth with the media during a recent tour inside Innovations at 8779 Hillcrest Road in Kansas City. Two towers are completed that are part of a 16-phase development project that is calculated to be completed in 2025.

    The sprawling property, stretching from 87th to 95th streets immediately east of Interstate 435, emphasizes that nexus in brick and mortar. The 290-acre campus is being laced with visual references to Cerner’s role in software development for the digitization and sharing of health records.

    Its existing and planned roads are named after historic health and science leaders. Windows in the first two office towers are designed to evoke the DNA helix turned on its side. The buildings bear on-campus addresses numbered in the power of two, a nod to binary code used in computer science and math. The interiors reflect cutting-edge office planning.

    About 3,000 software engineers and support staff are assigned to the new Innovations Campus, most of them relocated from Cerner’s nearby Realization Campus, which grew from the former Marion Laboratories complex and will continue to be remodeled to suit Cerner’s needs.

    Read more and view photos on KC Star's website

  • 01 Mar 2017 3:40 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Annual awards program honoring the top funeral directors in the country includes a local Kansas City funeral home owner.

    Steve Pierce, Kansas City, has been selected as a 2016 Funeral Director of the Year Runner-Up by American Funeral Director magazine. The annual nationwide award program selects the top funeral directors in the country based on the following criteria:

    • Community involvement
    • Role model for funeral service
    • Innovative approach to funeral service
    • Displays outstanding business acumen in sales/marketing/customer service
    • Demonstrates a compassionate approach to working with customer families

    Steve Pierce, the owner of Muehlebach Funeral Care and Skradski Funeral Home, was commended for his commitment to memorable customer service. As Steve stated, “Each funeral is an opportunity to paint a picture of a life and a way to capture the essence of someone you love.” Community involvement is also very important to Steve and his staff.

    Steve has worked in the funeral industry since he was a teenager and was honored to receive this recognition. Families can learn more about Steve and his staff by calling 816-444-2060 or reviewing the websites and

  • 23 Feb 2017 1:52 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Kansas City accounting and consulting firm MarksNelson LLC, is named one of the top accounting firms in the Midwest for the third consecutive year and also one of the fastest-growing firms in the U.S. by Accounting Today, the magazine for senior public accounting and tax professionals. The two distinctions illustrate the firm’s commitment to its mission, vision and values.

    In selecting the top regional accounting firms, the publication ranks firms by revenue in 10 sub-regions of the United States and then bases its selections on measuring each individual firm on several factors including performance and growth. The Midwest region includes seven states: Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. This is the third consecutive year for MarksNelson to make the prestigious national list and once again the only firm from the Kansas City area. Currently, MarksNelson is ranked as the 14th largest accounting firm in the Midwest.

    For the second time, Accounting Today also ranked MarksNelson as one of the Top 20 fastest-growing accounting firm in the United States. In the last year, MarksNelson’s strategic hires allowed the firm to bring national expertise and expand the Accounting Services and State and Local Tax departments as well as the Enterprise Resource Solution niche.

    The two Accounting Today distinctions validate firm-wide strategic initiatives, including leadership development and education, are key to firm growth and demonstrate what MarksNelson professionals can accomplish by staying true to the core values: commitment, curiosity, excellence and vigilance.

  • 05 Feb 2017 9:50 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Missouri’s 12 community colleges established the Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network today to address a longstanding challenge facing Missouri businesses—the availability of a skilled workforce.

    The new network will tackle what groups like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other economic developers have said for years, namely that the state’s workforce system needs to change in order for Missouri to compete with other states for job creation projects.

    “Economic development, more than anything, depends on a talented workforce,” Missouri Chamber of Commerce President Dan Mehan said. “No other issue is of more concern for businesses today. This network is the type of innovative solution Missouri needs to address workforce challenges. We are proud to stand with leaders of the state’s community colleges to help expand our workforce for employers and opportunities for workers no matter where they are located in Missouri.

    The most significant change resulting from the creation of the network will be that through their local community college, businesses will have access to resources at every college in the state.

    “This will align our workforce development system directly with our economic development efforts,” Missouri Community College Chairman and East Central College President Dr. Jon Bauer said. “Our goal is to improve customer service for businesses and help Missouri compete for job creation projects that too often go to other states.”

    Currently, procedural and geographic barriers prevent colleges from working outside of their mandated service areas. This means that if a business approaches a college with a specific training need, but that college doesn’t have expertise in that field, then the business may not be able to get the workforce training its employees need.

    “By breaking down these barriers and drawing upon our collective resources, each college is going to be able to play to its strengths,” Rob Dixon, Missouri Community College Association President said. “We will be able to serve businesses in every square inch of the state.”

    Making the most of resources is going to be incredibly important given the cuts that have been proposed for community colleges and workforce development. The FY18 budget being drafted by the legislature would cut workforce training by roughly 16 percent and community colleges by more than 9 percent.

    “We understand the difficult budget situation facing the state, and with this partnership, we hope to help grow the state’s economy in two ways,” Dixon said. “First, we want to help Missourians learn the skills they need to earn higher pay, and second, we hope to connect Missouri businesses with the workforce they need to grow and create jobs.”

  • 25 Jan 2017 12:41 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    During a recent Chamber breakfast event, KCMO 6th District City Councilman Scott Taylor surprised South KC Chamber President, Vickie Wolgast, with a proclamation from the City of Kansas City, Missouri recognizing the impact she has made over the past ten years in the South Kansas City region.

    In October 2006, the Chamber’s then President, Barbara Engel, retired and the Chamber hired Wolgast as the new Executive Director. Since then, Councilman Taylor says South Kansas City has only seen positive growth and is now leading the City of Kansas City, Missouri in job growth.

    “Hundreds of millions of dollars of investment are going into the South KC region,” said Councilman Taylor. He went on to say, “That doesn’t just happen by accident. It happens through leadership and Vickie has been a wonderful partner to both the City and the South Kansas City business community in moving things forward and making things happen.” So much so, Councilman Taylor said the Red Bridge Shopping Center is a topic of conversation at the White House!

    Read more and watch the video of Wolgast's recognition on the Martin City CID website. 

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