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2021 January Virtual Luncheon - Brian Platt, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Wednesday, January 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm • Organized By Downtown Council of Kansas City
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Join the Downtown Council in welcoming Brian Platt, new city manager for Kansas City, Missouri! He formerly served as city manager/business administrator for Jersey City, New Jersey, and as the City’s first chief innovation officer and established the City’s first Office of Innovation in 2015.

Brian was recently included on the “Traeger List” as one of the top 100 local government leaders in the United States in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He has also been highlighted on the INSIDER NJ 2018 and 2020 lists of top 100 millennials in New Jersey government and politics and as a Government Innovator of the Week by Bloomberg Cities.

Brian previously worked in Management Consulting for McKinsey & Company and as a kindergarten teacher with Teach For America. He completed his Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University.


Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned consulting engineering firm that has provided quality engineering services to clients since 1965. From its roots in geotechnical engineering, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services for private and public sector clients. Terracon currently operates more than 150 offices nationwide with more than 5,000 employees and ranks 22nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the nation.

Virtual Event Information

Time: 12- 1 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Virtual luncheon
Cost: Free!

In lieu of the regular luncheon fee, please consider making a donation to Consensus KC. Since 1984, Consensus KC has given people a voice in decisions that affect their lives. From working on the bi-state cultural tax that restored Union Station to planning for community response to pandemic flu to Creating Community Solutions KC (a national effort to bring mental illness out of the shadows and develop innovative, community-based solutions), Consensus KC knows how to design and deliver deliberative processes that engage the community.


  • Reserve your spot by registering online.

  • Prior to the luncheon date, a link to join the virtual event will be emailed to registered participants.

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