Join us on the 4th Thursday of every month for lunch and networking with fellow NKCBC members, as well as other North Kansas City business owners and representatives, community leaders, and elected officials. In addition to lunch and networking, you will enjoy a presentation by our featured speaker.
Our program this month will be "The Past, Present, and Future of the KC Streetcar", presented by Tom Gerend, Executive Director of the KC Streetcar Authority. Since the public opening of the streetcar system on May 6th, 2016 the KC Streetcar system has carried over 8 million passenger trips, won numerous state and national awards, and has been credited with stimulating over $3 billion in active economic development in downtown Kansas City. Gerend is currently leading planning on streetcar expansion to the Missouri Riverfront and University of Missouri, Kansas City and actively supporting transit expansion efforts region-wide. Gerend will also share input related to a possible extension of the Streetcar into North Kansas City.
Gerend was named the first Executive Director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) in 2014. Prior to KCSA, Gerend worked for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) leading regional transportation planning and public transit coordination across the eight county bi-state Kansas City region. Gerend earned his MBA from the University of Illinois and his undergraduate degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in Ames.