Jason Hodges, protocol officer/executive assistant
City Hall, 29th floor
414 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
The City Manager's Office focuses on protocol and international affairs to maintain and advocate for Kansas City’s position as a center of international trade and business activity. Our goal is to create and maintain working relationships with government agencies, consular corps, chambers and international trade offices in order to maximize the City’s opportunities to direct public policy, increase revenue and foster its growing stature as a global city.
Kansas City, Mo. is home to 27 official representatives from the governments of friendly nations. Two of these consular missions are staffed by career diplomats from the countries of Mexico and the Republic of China (Taiwan). The others are honorary consuls, honorary vice consuls or honorary consuls general. The Consular Corps works with the region's economic development groups to expand bilateral trade and economic relations, as well as increasing trade promotion and cultural exchange.
Additionally, Kansas City currently maintains 13 international Sister City relationships to help promote global cooperation, cultural understanding and economic opportunities. Sister City partnerships are officially recognized through signed agreements by the respective mayor of each city and ratified by their city council. As well as building economic ties, these relationships help generate tourism and further cultural understanding between the Sister Cities and the Kansas City community.
The City of Kansas City collaborates with a wide variety of regional partners, including local international organizations, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, port authority directors, government leaders, tourism industries and international centers across the globe.