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Wind Industry Supply Chain Workshop in Kansas City May 12th

Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City
Business & Technology Campus
1775 Universal Avenue
Conference Rooms 248-249
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Doors open at 7:30 am. Workshop: 8am-Noon

In an effort to help spark local interest in business-to-business opportunities in the renewable energy industry, the Missouri Partnership will host a wind energy workshop on May 12th in Kansas City. This is the second in a series of the Missouri Partnership’s statewide workshops aimed at helping Missouri companies learn how to enter the wind energy industry supply chain. The Great Lakes WIND Network, an industry-based network of manufacturers and suppliers, will lead the discussion. The workshop will run from 8 a.m. – noon at the Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology Campus.

The workshop features a half-day orientation aimed at Kansas City manufacturers considering involvement in the wind-energy supply chain. Companies that may benefit from attending this event range from machine shops, to foundries, to manufacturers of supplemental equipment, including, ladders, elevators, and hoists. More information on basic supplier categories can be found here. The workshop will help Kansas City companies discover how to diversify into the fast-growing wind industry.
Experts in the field of renewable energy will highlight market opportunities in the wind sector for attending manufacturers and connect them with potential customers. The goal of the workshop is to help build a new industry of wind turbine components that will create new jobs and investments throughout Kansas City.
The workshop will also feature information on growing trends in wind power, major supply chain needs in the wind energy systems industry, retooling investments, and process upgrades that suppliers must address in order comply with wind industry standards. Economic development resources will also be available to help prospective suppliers expand in Kansas City.
Click here for directions.

Register for this event. This link will take you to the website of Great Lakes WIND Network, our presenting partner for this workshop.
For questions or further event details, please contact the Missouri Partnership:
Local: 314-725-0949
Toll Free: 1-877-725-0949

April 28, 2009 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

Stimulus Money Helps Local Businesses Give Work Experience to Summer Interns

One of the initial “job stimulating” aspects of the stimulus program will be a summer internship program that was announced this past week by Governor Nixon.

The program provides “real life” job experience for persons between the ages of 16 and 24 and will pay the full cost of those wages ($8 per hour) between May 1st and September 30th.  In Independence, we have over 15,000 residents who fall within this age range so the pool to choose from can potentially be very large and, as a business owner, you have the ability to screen, interview and select your preferred candidate for your intern position.

For more information on the program and applications to participate, you can go to or call (800) 592-6020.  ICED can also assist with the application process.  Just give our office a call at (816) 252-5777.

Next Generation Jobs Team

April 26, 2009 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

Former Circuit City Bldg. Sells at Auction for $1.3M – CoStar Group

The former Circuit City at 18701 E. 39th St. in Independence, MO, was sold in at auction after the former owner, CC Independence LLC, defaulted on the loan and was foreclosed upon. Bank of America, a trustee on behalf of the lender, GMAC Commercial Mortgage Securities, made the winning bid of $1.3 million, or approximately $40 per square foot.

The 32,770-square-foot general retail building has been vacant since Circuit City closed its doors in the fourth quarter of last year. The building was constructed in 1994 in the East Jackson County submarket.

via Former Circuit City Bldg. Sells at Auction for $1.3M – CoStar Group.

April 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Hockey team “to focus on the fans” – Independence, MO – The Examiner

Hockey team “to focus on the fans” – Independence, MO – The Examiner.

April 19, 2009 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

Have you submitted the name for the new Independence hockey team

The Examiner is hosting a naming contest for the new CHL hockey team which will be playing at the new Independence Events Center starting this fall.  Go to the Examiner web site to submit a name.  The name should have either Missouri or Independence in the name, be orginal for a sports team, and have some connection to the history of the area.  Over $4,000 in prizes will be awarded and finalists will be voted on later this month with a final announcement anticipated around May 7th.

April 19, 2009 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

KFC’s proposal: First pot pies, now potholes

The nation’s largest seller of fried chicken has taken a new approach to marketing by offering cities free patching of potholes which will get the Colonel’s stamp of approval.  Not every City is interested as Chicago has turned down the offer saying they don’t allow advertising on public streets or sidewalks.  Read more

April 1, 2009 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

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