Port KC Progress
March 2018
Port KC purchases former AK Steel site for future development

The Port KC Board of Commissioners recently approved the purchase of 415-acres from AK Steel Corporation.

The 415-acre site is located along the Missouri River east of I-435 in Jackson and Clay Counties. AK Steel Corporation previously used the site as a landfill for its steel manufacturing and finished product transportation and distribution hub. The land will require some environmental remediation. Port KC is well versed with environmental cleanup and mitigation having already successfully taken on similar projects at Berkley Riverfront and Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park. Port KC plans to eventually develop the site for intermodal, light manufacturing and freight distribution. With close proximity to the Missouri River on the North, I-435 to the west, and rail access from the Kansas City Terminal Railroad to the south, this land parcel has the potential to be a major multimodal freight transfer facility.

Kansas City is one of the fastest growing regions for the freight market. The AK Steel site is a prime location to further that growth through advanced manufacturing, warehousing, freight manipulation and distribution.

Development of the land will be a long term project as Port KC works to conclude any necessary environmental remediation, begin stakeholder and community engagement, and create a master plan for the site.
Port KC Inclusion Outreach Breakfast

Port KC encourages inclusivity in its bidding process and seeks to increase participation from a diverse group of contractors. As part of that effort, Port KC will host an outreach event for small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses.
The Port KC Inclusion Outreach Breakfast will inform participants on how to get on Port KC's Prequalified Contractors Qualification List to bid on Port KC projects, and provide information on certifications accepted by Port KC. Staff members will outline upcoming projects with bidding opportunities. There will also be a networking period with fellow attendees and booths. 

April 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
KCP&L Energy Center
1200 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Please register by Friday, April 13th to receive a light breakfast. Late registrants are still welcome to attend. Registration and more information can be found on the event page.
Fitness classes return to the scenic riverfront

Riverfront Fitness is back! Friends of the River Kansas City and Port KC are excited to offer a fun way to combine exercise and community on the beautiful Missouri Riverfront.

Riverfront Fitness takes your workout outdoors with hour-long sessions led by expert local instructors. Last year, yoga was the most popular class with about 80 to 100 participants per class. In response, an additional yoga class has been added to the rotating schedule. KC Physiques returns with Team Fitness, and a new class taught by City Gym joins the mix.

Classes run May through September from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and follow a regular schedule each month:

First Wednesday: Karma Tribe Yoga
Second Wednesday: City Gym
Third Thursday: KC Yoga Center
Fourth Friday: KC Physiques
Classes are free to attend, but participants must register online. For more information and updates, follow the Riverfront Fitness Facebook page or visit the Friends of the River and Berkley Riverfront websites.
Yoga with Karma Tribe Yoga
Team Fitness with KC Physiques
Upcoming dog park and community space breaks ground

Construction underway at Bar K in March 2018
Construction is underway on a unique meeting space designed for dog lovers and their pets at Berkley Riverfront. The Kansas City developer Bear Bishop LLC, wants to bring dog owners and communities together by combining a fully-staffed dog park, bar, restaurant and coffeehouse. This vision will soon become reality at " Bar K."

The site broke ground in January 2018 with an anticipated opening in mid-summer 2018. Bar K will be located on the western edge of Berkley Riverfront near the Heart of America Bridge.
For more information, visit the Bar K website. Follow the Berkley Riverfront Instagram and Berkley Riverfront Facebook for periodic updates on construction and the opening.
Navigators optimistic about 2018 navigation season

Missouri River navigators and related stakeholders met February 14, 2018, to discuss the 2017 navigation season and expectations for the 2018 season.  Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals (IRPT) held a basin meeting in conjunction with the  United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) annual navigator's meeting to facilitate the discussion.

The attendees were optimistic for the 2018 navigation season. Navigation got an early start on the river with the transit and unloading of four barges of fertilizer at the Brunswick, Missouri, terminal in March 2018. Kansas City is expecting five barges of fertilizer at the end of March or beginning of April. USACE reported at the meeting that the plains and mountain snowpack was 30% above the ten-year average and expects to have adequate releases to support sufficient river levels for a full navigation season. The National Weather Service expects that precipitation for the next few months will remain at average levels.

IRPT is a trade association for the nation's inland waterways and has spearheaded Missouri River revitalization for trade, commerce and navigation.

Freight Commitment at the Port of Kansas City
Kaw Valley Companies unloads commodities at the Port of Kansas City.
Arthur Daniels Midland (ADM)  has extended its contract for unloading, storage and distribution services with  Kaw Valley Companies , the terminal operator, at the  Port of Kansas City -Woodswether Terminal . At present the port terminal has the capacity to store around forty thousand tons on an annual basis. ADM would like to double that. That would require a significant investment in infrastructure of $2 million dollars for warehouses, conveying and unloading systems. Port KC is exploring several options for development and funding for this project.
Honoring women in trade on International Women's Day

Zoraya Rowlands, Katie Petty, Maria Meyers and Linda Tiller
Port KC celebrated the accomplishments of women in business on International Women's Day at an inspiring luncheon on March 8, 2018. The event highlighted women in business, who together are making an impact around the globe in international trade and beyond.

The event centered on three successful women in business who spoke to their backgrounds and experiences in entrepreneurship and international trade. Featured guest and keynote speaker Maria Meyers created a model to build entrepreneurial communities that is now used nationwide and is a leader in entrepreneurship and economic development. She founded SourceLink and KCSourceLink, and is Executive Director of the University of Missouri - Kansas City's Innovation Center. Co-keynote speaker Katie Petty is an entrepreneurial leader who invented, founded and is President of Wild Heart LLC, an innovative pet products company that began as a sixth grade science fair project. Finally, Kansas City's Linda Tiller of Husch Blackwell was awarded the WIB Legacy Award for her achievements in international trade and expertise on US economic sanctions.

The luncheon was hosted by the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City (ITCGKC). Port KC Interim President & CEO Zoraya Rowlands is ITCGKC President. ITCGKC is a regional nonprofit association committed to building a strong and successful international business network in the Kansas City region. To achieve this, ITCGKC connects professionals and global partners in the international business and academic communities, delivers timely international trade education and bridges access to relevant resources.
Attend Discover Global Markets: Design + Construct

DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Design + Construct business forum, presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Mid-America District Export Council, will help transform your company's market potential into international sales success. This dynamic conference brings together global leaders in the design and construction sectors. It will feature presentations on global construction opportunities, pre-screened business- to-business matchmaking, and networking sessions to build new business and partnerships. Design and construction companies of all sizes will connect with international executives, sales and marketing professionals, project owners, procurement specialists, developers, architects, engineers, construction firms, and U.S. commercial diplomats to explore opportunities for international sales growth. 

April 30 - May 2, 2018
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Parkway
Cost: $395

Port KC is proud to sponsor this event. For information & registration,  please visit the event website.
Properties available for lease at Richards-Gebaur

At Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park, tenants enjoy easy access to major highways and interstates including I-49,  29, 35, 70, 435 and 635.  Additionally, these properties benefit from inclusion in a Foreign-Trade Zone and Class I freight rail service from Kansas City Southern.

One such property, located at  15430 Andrews Rd. , is available for lease and includes the following:
  • 6,345 sf office/classroom space available 
  • Ample parking
  • Space is divisible- individual suites ranging from 100 sq ft to nearly 3,000 sq ft
  • Air conditioned
  • Fully built out office space
For more information and a list of all properties available for lease at Richards-Gebaur, please  click here. For any inquiries, please contact Mark Long, SIOR, CCIM, LEED AP, at  mlong@ngzimmer.com or call 816-512-1011.
Port KC's mission is to grow the economy of Kansas City's port district through transportation, global commerce and development.

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