Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Annual EDC Cornerstone Awards Celebrates Innovation by Honoring Development Projects

Each year, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri (EDC) hosts the Cornerstone Awards to celebrate innovation by honoring the most exciting and dynamic contributors to the city’s economic growth.  By awarding new construction projects, capital investments and jobs created by the award winners, the program not only represents individual success stories, but also fosters economic growth in Kansas City.

This year’s EDC Cornerstone Awards will take place on Thursday, September 30th at the Downtown Marriott Muehlebach Hall from noon until 1:30pm.  Pre-function exhibits and networking is to take place from 11:00am until noon.  In order to promote the continuing growth of Kansas City, keynote speaker and innovation guru Jeremy Gutsche is presenting at the awards program.  Gutsche is the host of Trend Hunter TV, the author of the best-seller, Exploiting Chaos: 150 Ways to Spark Innovation and is routinely relied on by various news media outlets such as The Economist, Financial Times, FOX News, CNN and Entertainment Tonight. 

This year’s EDC Cornerstone Awards theme centers around question of “R U UP 2 D8?”  The EDC is asking development partners in and around the metro this one question in order to promote the growth of the Kansas City economy and to recognize companies and projects that contribute to such growth.  The different categories for each award include the James C. Denneny Spirit Award, Residential, Business Expansion and Retention, Small Business, Entertainment, and Special Recognition awards.

The EDC Cornerstone Awards will be attended by over 900 guests including finalists, the EDC, city officials, and key business leaders.  Think Big Partners will be attending the Cornerstone Awards in order to show appreciation for the developers’ commitment to economic growth in KC.  Come check out our pre-function exhibit from 11:00am until noon on Thursday.  This is an opportune time to network, learn about Kansas City innovation, and talk with some key business people in and around the metro area. 

Think Big Partners would like to congratulate this year’s EDC Cornerstone Awards Finalists:

James C. Denneny Spirit Award
Lee Derrough

Commonwealth Hyde Park—Phase I
Fountain Lofts & MRP Garage
Habitat for Humanity Kansas City Urban Renewal Plan

Business Expansion & Retention
A2MG/Sellers & Marquis
Kansas City Sausage Company
Kansas City Structural Steel
Mars Petcare
Praxair, Inc.
Public Projects
UMKC’s Herman & Dorothy Johnson Residence Hall
Metropolitan Community College Health Sciences Institute
Kansas City Zoo, Renovation of 1909 Tropics Building
Riverfront West Heritage Trail Enhancements

Small Business
Alexander Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Barbershop 67
DaVinci Reprographics
Inland Truck Parts Drive-In Service Center
Vanguard Packaging Redevelopment
2000 Baltimore Liquid Carbonic Building
Pershing Building
Service Management Group (SMG) Headquarters
Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Headquarters (Historic Renovation of Sewall Paint & Varnish Building)

Grinders Pizza
The Well Bar, Grill & Rooftop

Special Recognition
JE Dunn Construction Headquarters

If you would like to attend the awards program, please keep in mind that seating is quite limited, however tickets are still available.  To register or receive more information, please visit the EDC website or call the EDC at 816-691-2120.

Think Big Partners would like to congratulate this year’s finalists and thank the EDC for promoting the growth of the Kansas City economy.  It’s groups, small businesses, and organizations like the ones listed above that have helped Kansas City to Think Big!  

Written by Allison Way.  Allison Way is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc.  To read more of Allison's articles, please visit the Entrepreneurship Examiner.  

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