The Downtowners is an informal association of Kansas Citians who live, work and/or play in downtown Kansas City. We are dedicated to downtown development and to promoting a positive community spirit. Our monthly luncheon programs feature guest speakers who are involved in downtown’s renaissance that inform and update attendees about the inspirational progress that is transforming our urban core.
Recent speakers include public figures such as Mayor Sly James, former Mayor Kay Barnes, City Manager Troy Schulte, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Rachel Hack of Google Fiber, Sasha Victorine of Sporting Innovations, Danny O'Neill of The Roasterie, Bill Dietrich and Sean O'Byrne of the Downtown Council, and many more influential Kansas Citians. For our speakers we seek out entrepreneurs, artists, politicians and private developers who are active in the rejuvenation of downtown Kansas City.
We periodically hold after-hours social events at various downtown venues to highlight and promote our unique city. The all-volunteer Board of Directors works hard to keep expenses low so we can remain a dues-free organization and engage all interested individuals.
The Downtowners started in 2000 as a casual lunch group made up of a handful of friends who worked downtown and shared a common commitment to Kansas City’s urban core. With little organized effort, the group quickly expanded from six to over 1000 people, including many influential Kansas Citians and emerging leaders. The Downtowners formula of “one-third social, one-third networking and one-third civic” seems to be a hit.
Please speak freely about downtown ideas, events and occurrences to foster positive communication about Downtown KC issues. Although the Downtowners Board is made of diverse individuals with varying ideas, they are unified in their passion to grow a vital enriching downtown. When not identified, host postings are from one or a team of several board members. We encourage you to join in and comment, or submit your ideas as a guest blogger at firstname.lastname@example.org.