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City of KCMO Recognized for Contributions to the Community

Monday, October 15, 2018  
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Kansas City, MO (October 15, 2018) – The City of Kansas City, Missouri, will be recognized for contributions to the community as part of the International Relations Council’s 2018 Global Honors Evening on Thursday, November 1.

The Award for Contributions to the Community is given to local individuals, organizations, or companies who have contributed to economic growth in the area and have shown exemplary service to their community. Past recipients have included the Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City (2017), Julián Zugazagoitia (2014), R. Crosby Kemper III (2013), Sporting Kansas City (2012), Seaboard Corporation (2010), and John P. McMeel (1998). The city’s international efforts include TechWeek, which counts companies from Chile and Austria among its winners; the new Open Spaces arts experience with international representation; inaugural transatlantic air service to Iceland; and the international Smart Cities conference.

Each year since 1984, the IRC has recognized individuals and organizations for contributions to foreign policy and global affairs, international commerce, or the Kansas City community. At the 2018 event, to be held from 5:30-9 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel, Amb. Bill Burns, former deputy secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to Russia, will also be honored with the Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship and will present a keynote address on "American Diplomacy in a Changing International Landscape." The celebration will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, live entertainment, special recognitions, and the chance to meet some of Kansas City's most notable and beloved global citizens.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 / InterContinental Hotel / 401 Ward Parkway / Kansas City, Missouri 64112

5:30 p.m. Registration and reception with cocktails and appetizers. Meet-and-greet reception for VIP guests.
7:00 Program with keynote by Ambassador Bill Burns – theatre-style seating (no tables)
8:30 Coffee and dessert reception

Registration is now open for individual tickets and event sponsorships ». For more information, please contact Matthew Hughes, executive director of the International Relations Council, at or 816-423-2632.

About the IRC
The International Relations Council works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community. We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high-school students to interact with and learn from foreign-policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad. Learn more at