South KC News / Member News

  • 18 Jun 2015 12:48 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    GENESYS Systems Integrator President, Matthew Perry, was announced as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 in the Central Midwest Region on April 27, 2015.  

    The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and person commitment to their business and communities.  Mr. Perry was selected by a panel of independent judges that visited GENESYS' facilities in early April.

    The Central Midwest program includes companies across Kansas and Missouri.  Together, this year's finalists generated $900 million in revenue and provided over 2,600  jobs by the end of 2014.  All regional award winners will then be considered for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year national program.  The overall regional winners will be announced at an awards gala on June 25th.

    Ernst & Young, LLP was named after prominent 19th century innovators, Arthur Young and Alwin C. Ernst, who's businesses made a big impact in the global marketplace.  The Entrepreneur of The Year awards program was created to celebrate and give recognition to today's successful entrepreneurs so they can share their stories and inspire others in the same ways Ernst & Young did in the late 1800's.  EY Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the most prestigious and unique business awards for entrepreneurs because of how it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential while recognizing the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

  • 10 Mar 2015 11:37 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    The Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Sharon Nibbelink as the next Superintendent of the Center School District.

    “After an extensive national search, meetings with staff, and input from patrons, the Board of Education found our next Superintendent right down the hall. We are excited to continue the journey of excellence for the Center School District with Dr. Nibblelink as the Superintendent. She has served for over 20 years in our school district working with students, parents and teachers, most recently as the Director of Assessment, Data and Evaluation. The real winners will be the students of the Center School District. The Board is excited to begin this time with Dr. Nibbelink at the helm and will work diligently with her to ensure the students in our schools continue their academic achievement,” said Board of Education President Joe Nastasi.

    “Dr. Nibbelink’s record of cooperative leadership with the staff was a critical factor the Board considered in our decision. We are looking forward to this next chapter for our community,” he said.

    Dr. Nibbelink succeeds David Leone, who is retiring after over 40 years in education.

    “It is an honor to serve Center School District. My selection is a vote of confidence from the Board of Education based on the amazing work our staff has done. My time at Center has been an incredible journey where I have grown and learned along with our students, my colleagues, our parents, and our community,” Dr. Nibbelink said.

    “I commit myself to our school district and our community. The message of academic performance rings throughout our schools and I’m dedicated to continuing that focus on excellence. It’s about collaboration and teamwork. We have work to do, and we have the team to do it,” she said.
  • 12 Nov 2014 1:30 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that CenterPoint Properties Trust has begun conducting an extensive site analysis and environmental review to facilitate the disposition of the Bannister Federal Complex.

    “This is a significant next step in fulfilling the disposition policy set forth in NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz’s recent report to Congress,” said Mark Holecek, NNSA Kansas City Field Office Manager. “The public-private partnership with CenterPoint is the most efficient and effective path forward as we work together to redevelop the Bannister Federal Complex in an environmentally responsible manner and return it to productive use for the citizens of Kansas City.”

    This work represents the next milestone in a multi-phase process that NNSA initiated in 2011. In 2012, NNSA selected CenterPoint Properties as the preferred planning partner following CenterPoint’s response to the DOE/NNSA Notice of Availability. This next phase, which will last about 18 months, includes performing a site assessment and developing a plan for demolishing obsolete facilities and environmentally restoring the property.

    CenterPoint has previously conducted a number of successful large-scale “brownfield” redevelopment projects, including the former Reynolds Aluminum Plant in McCook, Ill., the Joliet Army Arsenal in Elwood, Ill., and the Richards-Gebaur Air Base in Kansas City, Mo.

    For more than 70 years, the 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 the Bannister Federal Complex are the DOE and the General Services Administration (GSA). Employees at the DOE-owned Kansas City Plant relocated eight miles south to the National Security Campus in 2014 and GSA employees are relocating to downtown offices in early 2015.

    "This is an important step in moving forward with the redevelopment of the Bannister Federal Complex,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “GSA employees remain focused on our relocation, and vacating any remaining Bannister tenants, to ensure the Complex is in the best possible position for redevelopment."

  • 17 Sep 2014 12:48 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The proposed campus would be the largest office development in Kansas City history. Plans call for it to be built in 14 phases over the course of the next 10 years, with construction due to be completed in 2024. When finished, the development is expected to be larger than the Sprint campus, which totals 3.9 million square feet of office space across 200 acres. 

    It would also be more than 3 times the size of the 42-story-tall “One Kansas City Place,” the tallest skyscraper in the state of Missouri. According to documents filed with the TIF Commission, the new campus plans to bring in over 15,000 jobs.

    Cerner Corporation is already a fixture of the Kansas City economic landscape. The international healthcare IT giant’s world headquarters is in North Kansas City, just across from the North Kansas City Hospital, one of their first hospital clients. They also have several other locations in the Kansas City metro area.

    The plans outline a high-tech integrated office campus, complete with a variety of workplace amenities including fitness centers and an on-site, 75,000 square foot “Cerner Kids” daycare. The plans include 370,000 square feet of retail space and the expansive site allows for extensive surface parking, precluding the necessity of building parking garages.

    Along with retail, the plans call for a total of eleven office buildings totaling 4.1 million square feet, two data centers, and a service center. When completed, the campus is estimated to be valued around $4.3 billion.

    About Cerner:

    Cerner Corporation is an international health care information technology corporation that specializes in providing complete systems for hospitals and other medical organizations to manage and integrate all electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and financial information. With offices worldwide, Cerner’s world headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Sources: Cerner, KCStar, KCTV5, Fox4KC

  • 24 Mar 2014 10:32 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    The owner of a Kansas City-based general construction company has been named Missouri’s Small Business Person of the Year, the U.S. Small Business Administration said Monday.

    Nilson Goes, who started Infinite Energy Construction Inc. in 1996, will join winners from 49 others states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam in Washington, D.C., on May 15-16, when one will be selected as the national Small Business Person of the Year.  The event is part of the celebration of National Small Business Week.

    Infinite Energy, which offers general contracting, electrical contracting and contract management services, started as a home-based business with two employees. Funding came from lines of credit secured by Goes’ personal property and assets, the SBA said.

    The company has grown and now has more than 40 employees in four offices around the country, the SBA said. In addition to its headquarters at 13625 Oak St., the firm has offices in Knob Noster, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; and Fort Irwin, Calif.

    The SBA also recognized Infinite Energy for its involvement with charitable organizations such as Heartland Hoops Youth Development, Harvesters of Kansas City and Habitat for Humanity.

  • 07 Mar 2014 3:58 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    Center School District is pleased to announce that Mr. David Leone will be the new Superintendent, effective July 1, 2014 upon the retirement of Dr. Robert Bartman. Mr. Leone has been with Center School District for 26 years as a principal, central office administrator, and as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

    “It is my honor to announce that the Center School District Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Mr. David Leone as the next Superintendent. The Board feels that Mr. Leone is uniquely qualified to lead Center forward. Dave's years of service to Center in a myriad of positions have him well prepared to take the next step in leading our district. We all know the love, care, and dedication that Dave has for Center School District and he has demonstrated it in numerous ways over the years. The Board looks forward to working closely with him to help keep the focus on academic achievement and high expectations for our students, exercising strong fiscal responsibility, and maintaining the importance of positive relationships with students, family members, patrons, faculty and staff,” said Joe Nastasi, Board President.

    “This is the place where I’ve dedicated most of my career. I’ve seen such progress under our two previous Superintendents, Dr. David Smith and Dr. Bob Bartman, and I’ve seen what we can be and where we can go in the future. We have the Board, the students, the parents, the staff, and the administrators to reach our lofty and attainable goal of being a Top 20 District in 2020. I’m ready to help us meet that goal,” Mr. Leone said.
    “I love Center School District. I have a tremendous passion for our schools and our students and the Center education community,” he also said.

    Mr. Leone will begin his superintendent position this summer. Until then, the district is focusing on finishing a strong academic year.

  • 13 Sep 2013 11:25 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    Saint Luke's Health System (SLHS) announced this week it will consolidate its corporate offices into a single corporate headquarters, to be located at 901 E. 104th St. Kansas City, MO. 64131. This move will represent the first time in the history of the health system that all corporate functions will be located at a single site. 

    The new system headquarters will ultimately occupy over 120,000 square feet and will be home to more than 600 employees who now provide shared services to the ten hospitals and ancillary services groups that make up SLHS in the bi-state Kansas City region. SLHS currently employs more than 9,600 people in Missouri and Kansas. The multi-phased move will be timed to maximize efficiency and save costs with departments being relocated as current leases expire. The consolidation is expected to result in more than $5 million of lease costs savings over the next fifteen years.

    "This move provides tremendous benefit to the entire health system and the goals and objectives we have set to reduce cost and improve efficiency and collaboration," said Melinda L. Estes, M.D., president and CEO of SLHS. "Health care today requires all of us to be looking to streamline our processes, reduce waste, and enhance collaboration, productivity and communication. This move allows us to do all of those things and I personally am very excited about this next chapter in the history of Saint Luke's Health System."

    Approximately 325 employees, including SLHS executive leadership, will move in phase one, which will involve nearly 70,000 square feet of leased space. It is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014. Departments to be consolidated at the new site include legal, finance and accounting, marketing and public relations, and materials management, among others. 

    "The decision to select this particular site was the result of a very deliberate and thoughtful process and we made our selection based on a set of very specific criteria," said Dr. Estes. "It was important to us to affirm our commitment to Kansas City and select an environment and workspace where we could create a true culture of collaboration and enhance our employees work experience."
  • 08 Mar 2013 11:41 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The South Kansas City Chamber Board of Directors recently had a unanimous vote to support the passage of a $9 million no-tax-increase general obligation bond that the Grandview C-4 School District Board of Education has placed on the April 2, 2013 ballot.


    If the proposed bond issue is approved, funds will be used to continue the renovation and remodeling of existing school facilities. The projects initially proposed include such areas as safety and security enhancements, classroom renovations and improvements, restroom renovations, athletic and fine arts facility improvements, roof repairs/replacements, parking lot improvements and heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements.The district’s facilities improvement team (consisting of district administration, staff, board members and community members) will review and prioritize the proposed projects.


    District voters approved a $7 million bond issue in 2011. These funds were utilized in 2012 to fund numerous projects throughout the district. There are some funds remaining, which will be used to support projects this summer. Voter approval of the $9 million no-tax-increase general obligation bond issue will allow the district to continue making improvements to district facilities. Additionally, the current economic climate is favorable for borrowing money.

  • 08 Feb 2013 1:41 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Chamber's 82nd Annual Dinner held on February 7, 2013 at the Armacost Car Museum featured a fun evening of great networking and food as well as the announcement of the 2013 Board of Directors and the presentation of the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.

    The Strategic Plan includes three critical goals to be met over the next five years, plus the various committee goals for 2013.  The critical goals set by the Chamber include growing the Chamber by 400 members, adding additional staff and driving more revenues to our business members which would include creating a "Shop South KC" promotion among other things.  Click here to see the complete Strategic Plan.

    Outgoing Chairman of the Board, Rick Lavelock from Honeywell FM&T, recognized the following retiring board members for their service and dedication to the Chamber: Regina Taylor - Hickman Mills C-1 Schools, Jim Brandmeyer - Rosehill Gardens and Gianina Clark - National American University.  He also introduced the 2013 Chairman of the Board, Shelley Wales from DeVry University.

    Wales introduced new members of the board this year including Chuck Robinson - Rosehill Gardens, Kathleen Coleton - Heartland Yoga & Acupuncture and Stella Crewse - Morgan Miller Plumbing.  Returning board members include:

    • Paul Bookmeyer, Avila University (Chair Elect)
    • Aaron Dawson, UMB Bank (Treasurer)
    • Linda Smith, St. Joseph Medical Center (Secretary)
    • Rick Lavelock, Honeywell FM&T (Past Chair)
    • Rick Chambers, Center Education Foundation
    • Suzanne Forbes, Blue River Rehabilitation
    • Verdis Green, KCP&L
    • Kellie Johnston-Dorsey, City of Kansas City Missouri
    • L.J. Klein
    • Mark Long, Zimmer Real Estate Services
    • Shirley Phenix, Resources Management & Consulting
    • Kevin Rowe, iPlanTables
    • Kerry Triplett, Time Warner Cable
    • Jabbar Wesley, Missouri Gas Energy
  • 29 Jan 2013 3:32 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The City of Kansas City, Mo., Special Committee on Small Business has worked with City staff, the City Council and the local small business community to successfully implement 62 of the 67 recommendations made by the committee one year ago.

    "This is remarkable progress considering there have been a variety of tasks to complete in such a short time," said Committee Chair and Councilman Scott Taylor. "The committee, working with small businesses and City staff, has been focused on getting results as quickly as possible."

    For example, the launch and success of the Justine PETERSEN microlending program through the Small Business Administration marks a key accomplishment for the committee. This microlending program provides access to capital for both start-up and existing small businesses and helps small businesses overcome barriers that may exist when seeking financing from mainstream institutions. 

    In July, the City Council added $110,000 from an old Tax Increment Finance project surplus to the loan loss reserve creating a total fund of nearly $1.5 million in loans for small businesses. This microlending program has also spurred other successful initiatives, including the KC Storefront Initiative, a veterans' microloan program and a Northeast-area business microloan program. 

    Other examples of recommendations recently implemented include:

    BuyLocalKC - The Buy Local KC campaign was launched in November 2012 in partnership with KCSourcelink, ChooseKC and Kansas City Metro Area Cash Mob. This campaign helps area small businesses connect with each other and encourages residents to shop locally.

    Customer Service Initiative - The committee announced several customer service initiatives that improve City staff customer service, including expanding the City's Secret Shopper program and permitting City employees to use eight hours of paid leave each year to participate in charitable activities through organizations connected with the City Charitable Campaign.

    Web enhancements - The KC BizCare Web page,,  has been linked to the City's homepage Business button, increasing Web page visits from 200-per-month to 4,000-per-month. The KCBizCare Web page has also been updated and features a new Resource Guide, helpful videos, a Twitter dialog box and more.

    Open Data Catalog - The City launched an Open Data Catalog concurrently with the release of the City's submitted budget in January 2013. This catalog, located at, will provide Kansas City entrepreneurs with data needed to develop new concepts to complement the City's high-tech community and the Google involvement in the community. 

    Resource Guide in Spanish - The KCBizCare Business Resource Guide is now available in Spanish. This translation and publication was a partnership between the City and the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation. City staff is now working on additional information bulletins and documents for translation.

    The remaining five items not completed are still in process and on schedule for implementation as soon as possible.

    For a complete listing of all of the Special Committee on Small Business's 67 initiatives, please visit

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