2018 August Luncheon - Emerging Transportation Technologies' Effects on KC with HNTB and MARC


2018 August Luncheon - Emerging Transportation Technologies' Effects on KC with HNTB and MARC



  • Kip Strauss - HNTB

  • Amanda Graor - HNTB

Emerging transportation technologies already are having profound impacts through enhanced transportation services, lower transportation costs and improved systems performance that generate greater economic growth and quality of life.  Those communities who plan well in this rapidly changing environment may find great success in terms of improved mobility, business recruitment and retention, new revenue sources, and a greater share of regional, national and international commercial freight.  It’s that understanding that prompted the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to develop comprehensive guidance for state Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) ,like Mid-America Regional Council, regarding the potential effects that ACES – Automated, Connected, Electric and Shared-Use vehicles – will have on Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTPs).  Kip Strauss, HNTB will present how communities can use this policy guide to plan for emerging technologies in their most important areas -  their downtowns.  Amanda Graor, is currently leading MARCs autonomous and connected vehicles and other emerging transportation technologies task force to develop a regional planning framework around seven major policy areas related to autonomous vehicles and their impact on planning in the Kansas City region and downtown.

Sponsored by: Downtown Council of Kansas City
About the Downtown Council

The Downtown Council of Kansas City (DTC) is a private, nonprofit membership organization representing Kansas City's best business, property owners, nonprofit organizations and anyone who is invested in Downtown's success. 

Downtown Office Summit

Last year the Downtown Council held its first Downtown Office Summit. This was such a great success with over 170 attendees and two panel of experts from the development side and tenant side. Mayor Sly James lead the discussion of how important it is to continue the success of Downtown with residential, the convention hotel and the office market. This year we want to continue the success and hold the office summit in BNIM’S new headquarters in Crown Center on Wednesday, October 17th at 3 pm.  

The goal of the Office Summit is to encourage developers and office tenants to consider Downtown KC for their future office projects. There will be an overview of current market conditions and recent activity, compare Downtown Kansas City to some of our peer cities, and then a discussion where the future opportunities and obstacles are for Downtown, including the possibility of spec development.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Networking: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00
Luncheon: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Hosted At:

The Kansas City Central Library

14 West 10th Street

Kansas City, MO 64105

Validated Parking at the Library Parking Garage

Luncheon Tickets: $25

Catered By:

Pierpont's Restaurant

30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

*Vegetarian options available on request

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