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On Friday September 6th, 2019, the World Trade Center – Kansas City (WTC-KC) held a roundtable discussion on the importance of the United States Congress ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The participants included Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver, MO-5th District, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Missouri farmers and executives of some of the largest businesses in the region (KC Southern, Hallmark, Garmin, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell and Boulevard Brewing).

The day started with KC Southern hosting the legislators and farmers on a grain tour of western Missouri on their Southern Belle train. They used this grain train to highlight the importance of trade for one of the largest sectors in the Kansas City regional economy, agriculture. Missouri agriculture products exported to Canada and Mexico amounted to $452 million in 2017 and USMCA offers greater market access for key Missouri agriculture sectors. The farmers made it apparent to all aboard that tariffs hinder their livelihood.

The attendees deboarded at Union Station for the roundtable on USMCA. The CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and World Trade Center – Kansas City, Joe Reardon, welcomed the group and opened the conversation to discuss the impact of tariffs and importance of a trade agreement in North America. Reardon reiterated the KC Chamber and WTC-KC’s position against tariffs on behalf of the regional business community they represent.

Engineering firms Black & Veatch and Burns & McDonnell do not export products, but they do export and import services and people. They depend on NAFTA and now USMCA for work visas and the easy movement of people across the Canadian border. Garmin shared the need for an end to tariffs for the overall health of the US economy. Hallmark noted the impact for US consumers that would hurt everyone—they import materials from China and export their final product all over the world. All the businesses unequivocally advocated for the ratification of the USMCA agreement.

Both legislators listened to the feedback and shared their support of fair free trade without barriers. Congressman Cleaver informed the group that he was on a conference call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who unambiguously acknowledged the importance of USMCA and is working to address concerns about the protection of American workers and the environment in the deal. The roundtable was open to media and successfully conveyed the importance of North American free trade to the greater Kansas City region.

2018

  • WTC-KC & Husch Blackwell host Tariff Roundtable - “Recent Developments in Tariffs and Trade Remedies” It is a turbulent time for international trade in the United States and businesses are navigating how the NAFTA negotiations and the steel and aluminum tariffs will affect them. It is confusing for companies to understand th... more

2016

  • Midwest Export Challenge Grand Prize Winner - KANSAS CITY, MO, USA - On August 24th, the first Midwest Export Challenge competition was hosted by UPS, Dentons, and World Trade Center Kansas City. The competition gave companies from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas & Missouri a platform to showcase their business ... more

  • WTC Kansas City Welcomes New Manager - KANSAS CITY, MO, USA - The World Trade Center Kansas City is thrilled to welcome and announce Ms. Melissa Miller as the new Manager of the World Trade Center Kansas City.  Ms. Melissa Miller is from Vienna, MO, and has extensive background in International Business.... more

2015

  • Kansas City Releases GCI Export Market Assessment - KANSAS CITY, MO, USA – Kansas City has released an export market assessment, a critical step in its development of a regional export strategy that will outline specific steps local business, civic, and government leaders can take to increase their exports and grow gl... more

  • State Dept. Int'l Economic Diplomacy Roundtable - KANSAS CITY, MO, USA - On July 1st, World Trade Center Kansas City will be hosting a business and congressional round table featuring Mr. Kurt Tong and Congressman Kevin Yoder. The discussion will be an opportunity for local business participants to hear firsthand the State De... more

  • Doing Business with South Africa Market Briefing - KANSAS CITY, MO, USA - The World Trade Center Kansas City will be hosting Ambassador Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu for his first visit to Kansas City on July 14th. The ambassador will lead a market briefing on doing business with South Africa, and will also be joined by Consul Gene... more

  • Kansas City Selected for Global Cities Initiative - KANSAS CITY, MO, USA - Kansas City is joining an economic development network created by the Global Cities Initiative, a five-year joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. Launched in 2012, the Global Cities Initiative helps business and civic leaders gro... more

2014

  • Black & Veatch Number One in Telecom - Engineering News-Record ranks Black & Veatch Number One in Telecom OVERLAND PARK, KAN. (16 April 2014) – WTC-Kansas City Benefactor Black & Veatch recorded the top ranking worldwide in telecommunications for U.S.-based engineering companies, according to the just-re... more

  • World Trade Center KC offers education on doing business with one of the fastest-growing economies on the planet - For Immediate Release-1/24/14 Contact: Pam Whiting, (816) 374-5481; e-mail whiting@kcchamber.com Katie Erwin, (816) 374-5465; e-mail erwin@kcchamber.com Learn how to do business with one of the fastest-growing economies on the planet When it gained inde... more

  • DuraComm Announces Plans for its Barcelona Business - For Immediate Release January 10, 2014 DuraComm Aqualimpia, Bacelona, now owned by Benny Lee, will make a major commercial announcement at a 21 January 2014 press conference at the Barcelona City Hall at 12 noon.  Benny Lee, an American entrepreneur from Taiwan, and Ka... more