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KCADC Board Announces 2016-17 Leadership

by Angela Orr | Nov 09, 2016

Rosana Privitera Biondo welcomes Chuck Caisley as incoming co-chair

Kansas City Region
– This morning, the Kansas City Area Development Council officially named Rosana Privitera Biondo, president of Mark One Electric Company, as senior co-chair of the KCADC Board of Directors. Privitera Biondo led the KCADC Board of Directors in welcoming newly elected co-chair Chuck Caisley, vice president of marketing and public affairs for KCP&L, and 20 additional members for the 2016-17 board year.

“Kansas City is in the midst of an incredible economic resurgence,” said Privitera Biondo. “KCADC's commitment to regional leadership and success in making KC a business and lifestyle destination are just two of the reasons I am honored to work with and support the team. I greatly look forward to leading the KCADC Board with Chuck Caisley and celebrating a successful 2017.”

Privitera Biondo and Caisley will lead the council’s industry growth initiatives focused on talent attraction, biosciences, technology, advanced manufacturing and supply chain/logistics throughout Kansas City’s two-state region.

“The missions of KCADC and KCP&L are perfectly aligned in that both organizations have a regional focus," said Caisley. “I am proud to lead with Rosie Privitera Biondo, and be a part of KCADC’s impact on the growth of the greater KC area.”

Privitera Biondo succeeds John Murphy, chairman of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, who served as KCADC’s senior board co-chair for the past two years.

During Murphy's two-year term as co-chair, the KC region gained $867 million in new investment. This resulted in approximately 7,537 new jobs and $314 million in payroll. Notable announcements included 11 bioscience/animal health related projects; more than 1.5 million sq. ft. for the location of two distribution centers in the region; the location of Virgin Mobile USA's headquarters; and custom interactive technology firm The Nerdery adding 100 new tech focused jobs to the area.

KCADC also welcomed several new members to its board, including: Tony Berg, The Kansas City Star; Lisa Bowman, Bank Midwest; Kipp Cooper, Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS; Jerry Giffin, Aerotek, Inc.; Dr. Doug Girod, University of Kansas Medical Center; Gary Jankowitz, Bank of America, N.A.; Dr. John Jasinski, Northwest Missouri State University; Jim Kissick, Kissick Construction Company; Ray Kowalik, Burns & McDonnell; Patt Lilly, Representing St. Joseph, Missouri; Shawn Long, University of Kansas Hospital; Mike Maddox, CrossFirst Bank; Jean Moore, Representing Gladstone, Missouri; John Ricciardelli, Honeywell FM&T; Clint Robinson, Black & Veatch; Greg Schwerdt, Representing Topeka, Kansas; Anne St. Peter, Global Prairie; Greg Westbrook, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Michael Wilkes, Representing Olathe, Kansas and David Zimmer, Newmark Grubb Zimmer.

KCADC board members serve limited terms on a rotating basis - one year for community representatives and two years for corporate representatives. Each year the KCADC board of directors elects new board members to replace those completing their service.

About the Kansas City Area Development Council:

The Kansas City Area Development Council is a private, nonprofit organization charged with representing the economic interests of the entire two-state, 18-county region of Greater Kansas City. For nearly 40 years, its mission is to brand the KC region as one product to stimulate economic growth and enhance awareness of the metro’s assets to create positive perceptions.

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