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MO's Kansas City Chamber Takes Top Honor

Tania Kohut on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

The Greater Kansas City Chamber’s decision to move its offices to Union Station, its leadership on the Kansas City earnings tax election, its service to its members and advocacy on behalf of business were just a few of the reasons the chamber was named Missouri’s 2011 Chamber of the Year by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Former Chamber Chair Peter deSilva, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMB Bank, accepted the award Tuesday night, Nov. 8, at ceremonies held at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 

“For years, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has relied on the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for support of statewide initiatives at the Capitol. In addition, The Chamber plays a critical role in advancing economic development in the Kansas City region,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Missouri Chamber. “The Greater Kansas City Chamber truly is an economic powerhouse for the region.”

Each year, the Missouri Chamber selects a local Chamber of Commerce that “sets the standard in economic development, advocacy and innovation.” The Greater Kansas City Chamber was chosen from more than 200 chambers of commerce across Missouri. 

“We’re obviously pleased to be honored in this way,” says Jim Heeter, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Kansas City Chamber.   “As a chamber focused on civic progress, we appreciate the recognition for the work we do.”

Photo caption L to R: Dan Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Jim Heeter, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; Peter deSilva, past Chamber Chair and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMB Bank;  and John Hancock, Chair of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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