South KC News / Member News

  • 01 Nov 2018 3:14 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The General Election on November 6th is quickly approaching and there are many important issues on the ballot!  The Chamber is encouraging everyone to be an informed voter and educate yourself before you go to the polls.  Below is a brief description of each issue.  You can view the Sample Ballot to see the ballot language and the candidates running for office.


    Constitutional Amendment No. 1

    If passed this would make changes to the state’s lobbying laws, campaign finance limits for state legislative candidates and the legislative redistricting process. Learn more

    Constitutional Amendment No. 2

    If passed this would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, tax marijuana sales at 4 percent and spend that tax revenue on healthcare services for veterans.  Learn more

    Constitutional Amendment No. 3

    If passed this would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, tax marijuana sales at 15 percent and spend that tax revenue on a Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute.  Learn more

    Constitutional Amendment No. 4

    If passed this would lower the time required that someone is a member of an organization to manage a bingo game for that organization from two years to six months and remove the constitutional ban on organizations advertising bingo games.  Learn more

    Proposition B

    If passed this would increase the state’s minimum wage each year until reaching $12 per hour in 2023 and then making increases or decreases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. Learn more

    Proposition C

    If passed this would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, tax marijuana sales at 2 percent and spend that tax revenue on veteran’s services, drug treatment, education and law enforcement.  Learn more

    Proposition D (VOTE YES)

    If passed this would increase the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon, (2.5 cents per year for 4 years) providing $288 annually to the state road fund and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance.  This would also exempt prizes for Special Olympics, Paralympics and Olympics from state taxes. Learn more


    Question #1

    If passed this would amend the county charter to provide term limits for members of the county legislature to two four-year terms.  The measure would also give pay raises to the legislators and eliminate the county executive’s power to veto an ordinance passed by the count legislature.  Learn more

    Question #2

    If passed this would amend the county charter to provide term limits for the county executive.  The county executive would be limited to two four-year terms. Learn more

    Question #3

    If passed this would amend the county charter to provide term limits for the county sheriff.  Learn more

    Question #4

    If passed this would amend the county charter to provide term limits for the county prosecuting attorney. Learn more

    Question #5

    If passed this would amend the county charter to grant the county legislature the power to remove the county counselor. Learn more

    Question #6

    If passed this would amend the county charter to modify the qualifications for appointment as judge of the County Municipal Court. Learn more

    Question #7

    If passed this would amend the county charter to bar a current office holder of any federal, state or municipal elective office from filing as a candidate for county elective office.  Learn more


    Library Question

    If passed this would authorize the city public library to levy a 8-cent property tax increase to fund the renovating and replacing of library facilities.  Learn more

  • 01 Oct 2018 2:59 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    We are excited to welcome Angela Alesi to the South KC Chamber team! Angela began her duties in August 2018 and is serving as the Administrative Assistant at the South KC Chamber.

    Angela comes to the Chamber from Unity Village where she previously supervised weddings and events for seven years.

    "We're so excited to have Angela join us," said South KC Chamber President, Vickie Wolgast. "She has already demonstrated great organizational skills and her experience in hospitality and event planning will be a great asset to the South KC Chamber."

    Angela and her family moved to the Kansas City area in 2004 from San Diego, California where she worked in the hospitality industry for eight years selling and planning conventions, meetings, events, and catering.

    She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 29 years and has three boys - 27, 24, and 13.

    Members can contact Angela at the South KC Chamber at 816-761-7660 or by emailing

    Welcome Angela!

  • 28 Sep 2018 2:42 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    (September 27, 2018) KANSAS CITY, MO – New York Times bestselling author and inventor, William Kamkwamba will deliver the 2018 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture on October 24, 2018, on the campus of Avila University. Kamkwamba will speak on his inspired autobiography “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” which tells the story of human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity.

    Born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled, and modern science was a mystery, Kamkwamba grew up in a land of drought and hunger where hope and opportunity were hard to find. Then Kamkwamba discovered a book about windmills. He dreamed big. Kamkwamba was going to build a windmill that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his family's life forever. Mocked him and called "crazy," by members of his village, Kamkwamba shows them, and all of us, what grit and ingenuity and hope could do. 

    Kamkwamba will speak in Avila University's Goppert Theatre on the Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage at 5:30 p.m. and the public is invited. Following the lecture, Kamkwamba will be available to sign copies of his book. Avila University is located at 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to the lecture, there will be a panel on environmental sustainability at 3:30 p.m.  and community reception. For event information and to RSVP for this free event, please visit the Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture page.

    In 1971, former President Harry S. Truman gave his stamp of approval for Avila University (then Avila College) to offer a lecture series in his name. Later that year, the first Truman lecture was delivered by David E. Bell, vice president of the Ford Foundation and Truman’s first administrative assistant. The 2017 Truman Lecture featured by Reyna Grande, author of “The Distance Between Us.”

  • 26 Sep 2018 2:44 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Missouri’s roads and bridges are the foundation of our economy. In fact, transportation infrastructure is a leading factor influencing business to relocate and expand. 

    In the Missouri Chamber’s Missouri 2030 study conducted by Gallup, business leaders and site selectors identified infrastructure—primarily transportation—as one of four top critical areas. Only 37 percent of them were satisfied with Missouri’s current infrastructure.

    Our state’s central position is a powerful asset that has driven industry growth.

    Missouri is within 500 miles of 41 percent of total U.S. buying power, 44 percent of U.S. wholesale trade, 44 percent of all U.S. manufacturing plants, and seven of the top 25 U.S.-located international cargo hubs. 

    This is unique to Missouri and our location. But we are not doing enough to take advantage of these strengths.

    We have been severely under-funding Missouri’s transportation infrastructure for years. Crumbling roads are hindering the growth of our economy and making it harder to attract new jobs to our state.

    “As a service industry, our entire business operates on the road, and with a fleet of vehicles, fuel expense is definitely an important part of our budget.” said Stella Crewse, CEO of Morgan Miller Plumber. 

    “At first glance, an increase in the gas tax will certainly affect our bottom line. Upon closer consideration, the state of the roads is so important to our business, that we cannot afford to continue to ignore their state of disrepair. I truly believe that, in the end, we would pay more in increased vehicle maintenance and tires due to poorly maintained roads than we would pay in additional gas taxes for our fleet. No one likes more taxes, but we cannot afford to continue to turn a blind eye to this issue.”

    Prop D provides a straightforward solution. Our state fuel tax is among the nation’s lowest and it hasn’t been increased since 1996. Raising it 2.5 cents annually for the next four years is a simple and reasonable measure that will generate an estimated $288 million annually — plus $122 million annually for local transportation construction projects.

    “Adequately funding Missouri’s transportation infrastructure is crucial to attracting new business to our area and keeping the ones we have,” said Vickie Wolgast, South KC Chamber President. Kansas City’s location in the center of the United States is a huge asset to future growth and development and the passage of Prop D is important to help maintain that asset.”

    We can’t afford to let Missouri’s advantage as a central state diminish any further due to poor funding. This November, Missouri voters need to take action to drive our state forward and we need your help to get the message out! 

    If you would be interested in more information about Prop D to share with employees, please contact the South KC Chamber at 816.761.7660.

  • 25 Sep 2018 3:00 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    On Thursday, November 8, 2018, Avila University located at 11901 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145, will host an Open House in the Goppert Theatre Lobby between 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    You are invited to attend to learn about Avila's adult bachelor's, master's and graduate certificate programs.  You will be able to meet with admission advisors, some current students, and financial aid experts.

    For more information and to RSVP, visit or call 816-501-3737.

  • 26 Mar 2018 3:11 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The South Kansas City Chamber Board of Directors has voted to support the renewal of the 1% capital improvements sales tax, which will be on the April 3, 2018 ballot. Question 1 will renew the existing 1% capital improvements sales tax to help us pay for the maintenance of Kansas City’s critical infrastructure components like streets, bridges, sidewalks, curbs, flood control, and more.

    This is not a new tax. We are simply renewing the existing tax at the same rate. Failing to renew it means that hundreds of millions of dollars in other taxes will have to be raised to prevent valuable projects from being cut, including neighborhood improvements, street repairs, and maintaining critical parts of Kansas City’s infrastructure.

    Here's what's included in this tax: 

    35% of the sales tax receipts are designated for neighborhood improvements and those funds are equally divided among city council districts at the recommendation of the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC) and city council.

    At least 25% of the sales tax receipts are for street repairs and construction. The remainder can be used for maintenance of other city assets and for other capital improvements, including the city’s share of the costs for the replacement of the Buck O’Neil Bridge.

    Why are we spending money on the Buck O'Neil Bridge?

    The Buck O’Neil Bridge, also known as the Broadway Bridge, is in disrepair and is frequently congested during busy traffic periods. Building a new bridge will give us a solution that will last 75 years, have more lanes, and will safely connect Highway 169 to I-35 without having to stop at a light in downtown. By using capital improvements tax money we can pay for the new bridge without having to create a new tax, place a toll on the bridge, or shut it down for two years while we work on it.

    Find more information about why we need to vote YES on Question 1 on April 3rd at

  • 14 Feb 2018 12:03 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    City leaders on Friday will highlight the final chapter of a three-phase roadway improvement project in South KC when they break ground on the 135th Street Improvements GO KC project. This project includes upgrades to 135th Street from Highway 150 to Wornall Road. Sixth District Council members Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus will join other City leaders in front of Eagles Gymnastics at 209 W. 135th Street at 10:30 a.m. for the groundbreaking.

    In April 2017, Kansas City voters approved $800 million in bonds to fund a capital improvements program for streets, sidewalks, flood control and other infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. The third phase of the 135th Street improvements is among the first-year GO KC projects approved by City Council in June.

    This stretch of 135th Street has no sidewalks but that's about to change -- much to the delight of pedestrians who walk this route. Crews will construct a sidewalk on the south side of the road and an 8 feet wide multi-use trail on the north side. Roadway improvements include new pavement and widening, new curbs and waterline and storm drainage improvements.

    The previous phases of the project included upgraded 135th Street from Holmes Road to Wornall Road. The second phase of 135th Street improvements received a Cornerstone Award from the Economic Development Corporation.

    “Targeted infrastructure improvements like this improve streets, sidewalks, and trails but also spur significant investments from the private sector and small businesses which help generate more tax revenue for basic City services for all neighborhoods,” Councilman Taylor said.

    The City has a website dedicated to citywide GO KC improvements. For media inquiries, contact the Public Works Public Information Officer, Beth Breitenstein, at 816-513-2612.

  • 21 Dec 2017 10:04 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    McDonald’s is modernizing its fast-food restaurant concept throughout the nation, and the location at 13301 State Line Rd. is celebrating a new look, a new ordering system and in the near future, new menu options. At the grand reopening on Dec. 19, the first 100 customers (beginning at 8 a.m.) for both drive-thru and kiosk orders will win a free extra-value meal each week for a year. Egg McMuffins, McRibs and Quarter Pounders are $1.99 through the end of December.

    Part of the big change is a self-service system involving two double-sided kiosks with touch screens. These allow inside customers to place their own orders without waiting in line, although the walk-up counter will remain open. Also new is a section of the parking lot with geofencing. The orders from customers who have prepaid by phone will pop up on the restaurant’s screen when their cars come within 100 yards of the lot. If the customer chooses curbside delivery, an employee will then bring the orders to the cars parked in designated spots. The restaurant also is partnering with Uber Eats, a food service that delivers to your front door.

    “We want to make things more convenient for our customers, especially millennials who are used to doing everything online,” says Ty Yano, owner-operator of 13 McDonald’s restaurants in the area.

    Read the full story from the Martin City Telegraph

  • 15 Nov 2017 8:00 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    For more than 70 years, the approximately 300-acre Bannister Federal Complex, located in South Kansas City, has been a major employer and served the nation in support of national security and business administrative services. The two federal owners at Bannister are the DOE and the General Services Administration (GSA). Employees at the DOE-owned Kansas City Plant relocated eight miles south to the Kansas City National Security Campus in 2014 and GSA employees relocated to downtown offices in early 2015.

    Federal law prohibits the transfer of environmentally contaminated federal property without meeting rigorous regulatory oversight requirements, including securing the governor’s approval.

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) recently announced that Missouri Gov. Eric R. Greitens formally granted approval for the federal government to transfer excess federal property at the Bannister Federal Complex (Bannister) and NNSA finalized its Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement with Bannister Transformation and Redevelopment LLC (BT&D). 

    Both the Governor’s approval and the finalization of the Cooperative Agreement paves the way for NNSA to take the final step of transferring the property deed to the new property owner, currently scheduled in mid-November.

    BT&D has retained CenterPoint to serve as Project Manager for the demolition and remediation phase, which is expected to take up to six years. This approval allows for NNSA to transfer the title to BT&D, which will demolish obsolete facilities and environmentally restore the property in association with CenterPoint. 

    BT&D is independently owned and is wholly focused on the redevelopment of the property. BT&D notes that the property is ideally situated for future development of modern manufacturing and industrial buildings, but the final decision for use of the property will depend on customer requirements.

    View full press release from the National Nuclear Security Administration

  • 01 Nov 2017 10:38 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The public is invited to join Kingswood Senior Living for a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 14th, to celebrate their changes and additions. The festivities will be from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Kingswood Senior Living Community just celebrated its 35th anniversary this past July, and has recently completed a $34.7 million redesign and expansion.  New villas are being added to their expanded campus, apartments are being upgraded and nearly 50 units have been added to their assisted living, but their new focus is on education.

    Beginning in November, a quarterly education series will be offered to help people understand long-term care, what a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is and how they work. Please visit the Martin City Telegraph to read the full story and view photos of the property! 

South KC Chamber of Commerce

406 E. Bannister Road, Suite F
Kansas City, MO 64131-3028

Phone: (816) 761-7660
Fax: (816) 761-7340





South Kansas City is one of the fastest growing areas in the KCMO metropolitan area. Millions of investment dollars are being spent in this region, which makes it a prime location for businesses to grow and prosper. 

The South KC Chamber is dedicated to working with KCMO's city leadership, our business members, and local community organizations to create a positive, growth-oriented business environment in South Kansas City. We would love to support your company's growth too! 


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