EDC Cornerstone Awards 2012 Will Honor Standout Companies and Development Projects in Kansas City, Missouri

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Annual event showcases key contributions to Kansas City's economic growth; Celebrates the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri's 25th anniversary

For 25 years, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri (EDC) has served as a catalyst for economic development creativity. During the annual EDC Cornerstone Awards on May 15, the EDC will celebrate its milestone 25th anniversary and honor the 47 award finalists whose vision and creativity have contributed to the growth and stability of the Kansas City economy.

The EDC Cornerstone Awards shine a spotlight on some of the most innovative businesses and projects in the city. Additionally, this year’s event will feature a keynote address by James A. Taylor, Ph.D. Named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the "Top Five Business Futurists," Taylor focuses on the future, technology and marketplace strategy, trends in domestic and international business, and the integration of technology, culture and business profitability. During his keynote address, he will discuss how companies can harness creativity and develop out-of-the-box thinking to be the definitive leaders in their industry.

The EDC Cornerstone Awards luncheon will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. Additionally, pre-function exhibits and networking will take place from 11 a.m. to noon.

The EDC Cornerstone Awards were established to recognize companies and projects that contribute to the growth of Kansas City’s economy. Cornerstone award winners provide economic stimulus to the city. Their projects spur new construction and redevelopment, foster capital investments and create jobs.

“As we enter into the EDC’s next 25 years, it’s thrilling to be working with these visionary leaders and creative companies right here in Kansas City,” says Robert Langenkamp, interim president and CEO. “The companies and projects we’re honoring at the EDC Cornerstone Awards exemplify why Kansas City has pushed through this recession and is seeing growth, stability and success. The entire team at the EDC is proud to play a part in that.”

More than 750 guests are expected to attend the event to honor the year’s top development contributions to Kansas City. Dignitaries including city officials, as well as key business leaders, will attend to show appreciation for the businesses’ and developers' commitments to economic growth in Kansas City. The 2012 finalists are:

James C. Denneny Spirit Award
Ron Borst

Beacon Park Townhomes
Chatham Apartments
City Market Townhouses
Grand Boulevard Lofts
Market Station Apartments
Palestine Commons
Pemberton Park for GrandFamilies
Westside – Living Green

Public Projects
Kansas City Zoo New Polar Bear Exhibit
Lorie’s House
Shoal Creek Parkway Extension, 96th Street to I-435

Alpine Litho-Graphics
Bambini Creativi
City Ice Arts Building
Jacobson Crossroads, LLC
Reeves-Wiedeman Company - OH Dean Building
Trozzolo Communications Group Headquarters
Vitagraph Film Exchange Building

Forum DeSimone
Genessee Royale Bistro
Just Off Broadway Theatre Completion Project
Martin City Brewing Co.
Martin City Sports Complex
Save a Lot Food Store
Ward Parkway Center/Trader Joe’s

Non-Profit Community Service
Greater Kansas City Boys & Girls Club, J&D Wagner Unit
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Swope Health South
The Healing Canvas Building-Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health

New Business Expansion
Fluid Equipment, Inc.
Marks Nelson Vohland Campbell Radetic LLC Office Relocation
North American Savings Bank

Special Recognition – The Arts
Kansas City Ballet/The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

KC BEST Awards Large Company:    
Milbank Manufacturing Co.
DST Systems

KC BEST Awards Small Company:    
Diamond Merckens Hogan
Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck
Global Prairie
Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. Sales & Service Center at Hunt Midwest Business Center    
Posty Cards

Special Recognition: Burns & McDonnell

Seating is limited. To register, visit http://edccornerstone2012.eventbrite.com, or call the EDC at 816-691-2120. For sponsorship opportunities, email jquinn@edckc.com.

About the EDC
The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Mo., (EDC) is a not-for-profit organization working to promote economic development, facilitate redevelopment and provide business retention services in Kansas City, Mo. EDC is an umbrella organization that provides a one-stop shop for economic development resources. Through its agencies and programs, EDC can provide help to any size business from start-up to expansion efforts.

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