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North America Works conference set for Oct. 18-20

Registration still available for all conference sessions, receptions and events

The City of Kansas City, Mo., International Affairs and Trade Office of the City Manager’s Office, along with North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition, will present the third annual North America Works conference Oct 18-20. The conference will be held at The Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 E. Pershing Road.

This year’s conference will focus around the theme “Entrepreneurial Development along the International Mid-Continent Corridor,” primarily by looking at: (a) entrepreneurial developments in logistics and transportation; (b) strategic intelligence in the technology industry; and (c) investing in the future of transportation infrastructure.

City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen says that hosting the conference provides the City a forum to highlight its value to the North American trade community. “For the past seven years, the City has worked to coordinate its internal efforts to pursue international trade opportunities, attract foreign investment and raise the city’s profile as an international business center. We believe that our continuing efforts, along with the recent conversion of the Richards-Gebaur property to an inter-model facility, reaffirm our commitment to potential trade partners.”

The conference will open with a case study of conversion of the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force base. Through the case study and other sessions, event organizers aim to advance jobs related to the transportation industry.

JoAnna Edgerton, director, International Affairs and Trade Office, says Kansas City is uniquely positioned to hold this event. “With Kansas City at the core or heart of North America, it made sense for us to host the conference and bring together leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The conference highlights the exciting progress along the Corridor and how “North America Works” in today’s fast-paced global economy.”

Featured panelists and presenters include: Gary Doer, premiere, Manitoba, Canada; Juan Manuel Oliva,, governor, Guanajuato, Mexico; Hector Marquez Solis, Mexican Ministry of the Economy, NAFTA Office, Washington D.C.; Manuel Roza, UPS; Georges Rioux, Canadian Consul General to Chicago; Warren Erdman, Kansas City Southern; Fred Reynolds, CenterPoint Properties; Jeffrey Anastasi, YRC Logistics; John Mohler, Lockheed Martin; and Mary Brooks, Dalhousie University.

Local panelists and event organizers include: Mayor Mark Funkhouser; Cauthen; Lee Derrough, Hunt Midwest; Maria Meyers, Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC; and Vince Gauthier, Kansas City Port Authority.

For more information about registration or conference events, contact JoAnna Edgerton, director, International Affairs and Trade Office, (816) 513-3521; visit; or e-mail

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