The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ vision is to enrich the lives of communities throughout the region, country and world by offering extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences.
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The University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Kansas City was chartered in 1929, and one year later, Kansas City businessman and philanthropist William Volker donated 40.8 acres to the university. In 1938, Kansas City School of Law merged with UKC to form the Law School, and in 1941, the Kansas City-Western Dental College joined UKC.
The university's dedication to the arts was born in 1942, with the construction of the Fine Arts Center. The Kansas City Conservatory of Music joined UKC in 1959. In 1979, the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center was completed. Known as the “PAC,” it’s home to the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, helping UMKC become an integral part of Kansas City’s cultural character. One of the university’s most important moves came on July 25, 1963, when UKC became a part of the University of Missouri System. Progress continued to follow, including the construction of Katz Hall (1965), Miller Nichols Library (1965), Royall Hall (1968) and the Education Building (1969). The UMKC School of Medicine was founded in 1971, offering a six-year combined bachelor/M.D. program.
Recent advances, such as LEED® certified buildings and the 2009 establishment of the UMKC Foundation, have helped the university continue to serve students and the community, and to succeed in its mission to become the region’s leading urban research university.
Visit www.umkc.edu for more information
Kansas City SmartPort
KC SmartPort is the authority on logistics opportunities in the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region. A non-profit economic development organization, KC SmartPort promotes and enhances the Kansas City region's status as a leading North American logistics hub.
KC SmartPort has two main focuses in its mission: 1. To grow the Kansas City area’s transportation industry by attracting businesses with significant transportation and logistics elements; 2. To make the industry and the region more competitive in the movement of goods into, out of and through the Kansas City area.
Today, international trade is emerging as an important inter-jurisdictional issue in the Midwest region. The 1998 Mid-Continent TradeWay Study reinforced this reality. This study found that a significant amount of international cargo is already processed in or passes through the Kansas City region. In addition, NAFTA trade in Kansas and Missouri is growing, and opportunities exist to provide value-added services for NAFTA goods process more freight in the Greater Kansas City Area. The study also showed that the area needed a single organization with a sole focus of growing the transportation industry; enter Kansas City SmartPort.
People to People International
Established in 1956, People to People International (PTPI) has a presence in 135 countries with more than 80,000 families and individuals participating in its programs for students and adults. It also has offices in Berlin, Germany (www.ptpe.org) and Cairo, Egypt (www.ptpime.org).
PTPI is dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural communication within and across communities and nations. Tolerance and mutual understanding are central themes. While not a partisan or political institution, PTPI supports the basic values and goals of its founder, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.