At the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (EDCKC), we work cooperatively to project a local identity and ensure a competitive, vibrant and self-sustaining economy. For more than 25 years, we have presented the annual Cornerstone Awards to recognize companies and projects that have helped strengthen Kansas City, Missouri’s economy.

May 9th, 2017

4:00 PM – 6:30 PM • Union Station

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Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors.
B2B PARTNERS

Block Real Estate Services
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Commerce Bank
Downtown Council
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Gilmore & Bell P.C.
JE Dunn Construction
Kansas City Aviation Department
Lewis Rice
McCownGordon Construction
Mercer
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Planned Industrial Expansion Authority
SB Friedman
Sunflower Development Group
Taliaferro & Browne, Inc.
TREKK Design Group

NON-PROFIT PARTNERS

Industrial Development Authority
Kansas City Area Development Council

BAR SPONSOR

Hardwick Law Firm
HOMKOR Companies


2017 PRESENTING PARTNER – $25,000

Annual Partnership Benefits include:

  • Four (4) invitations to two (2) exclusive private lunches or meetings over coffee with one of the following: KCMO Mayor, City Manager, City Council, and/or key leadership at City Hall. Contacts to be mutually identified by the EDC and sponsor partner.
  • Quarterly lunches with the EDC’s CEO
  • EDC leadership will facilitate introductions to companies of interest upon request
  • Research support: Opportunity to meet with EDC staff to develop a research project beneficial to the company utilizing existing EDC subscriptions, databases, industry sector knowledge, and research capacity
  • Invitation to CEO or a representative of the company to sit on EDC committees
  • Annual right to use EDC name and marks
  • Category exclusivity at Cornerstone Awards
  • Opportunity to speak during the Cornerstone awards reception
  • Verbal recognition in presentation during Cornerstone awards
  • Company logo featured on video screens, EDC website (including a link to your website) and event signage as well as on any printed collateral produced following sponsorship confirmation
  • Individual print banner at Cornerstone event
  • Opportunity to exhibit at the Cornerstone event
  • Company featured in blast email sent before and after the Cornerstone event
  • Recognition in all media publicity produced following sponsorship confirmation
  • Photos of your representatives and VIP attendees and guests published after the Cornerstone event, in printed media, and on the EDC website
  • 25 entries to the Cornerstone awards reception
  • 5 highboy tables with primary placement reserved at Cornerstone event
  • Opportunity to host two (2) quarterly events and be positioned as the primary sponsor – events being considered include EDC Advocacy Council meetings, or other special events featuring panel discussions on relevant economic development topics impacting our city:
    • Input on topics/theme of event
    • Opportunity to speak at each event
    • Verbal recognition of sponsorship at sponsored events
    • Logo and written inclusion in all marketing and communications for the events
    • Opportunity to provide company materials
    • 10 entries to each event
  • Company name featured in all EDC’s social media marketing communications throughout the year:
    • EDC annual website visits – 100,000
    • Average monthly views on just Cornerstone event pages February – May 6,000
    • E-newsletter monthly distribution – approximately 7,000
    • Average Cornerstone event pages click thru – 30%
    • Facebook – Average monthly views of posts February – May – 28,000
    • Average likes/shares of monthly posts February – May – 6,500
    • Click throughs to event photo album – 2,600
    • Twitter – #KCCornerstone top trending topic in Midwest during the event
    • Twitter followers – 6,000
    • Most active companies in Twitter (and FB) before, during, after the event
    • LinkedIn – Followers – 1,000 (40% c-suite)
2017 PREMIER PARTNER – $15,000

Annual Partnership Benefits include:

  • Two (2) invitations to one exclusive, private lunch or meeting over coffee with one of the following: the Mayor, City Manager, City Council, key leadership at City Hall. Contacts to be mutually identified by the EDC and sponsor partner
  • Company featured in select social media and marketing communications throughout the year including EDC website, E-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (see 2016 statistics under Presenting Partner)
  • Invitation to CEO or a representative of the company to sit on EDC committees
  • Annual right to use EDC marks
  • Cornerstone Sponsorship Benefits:
    • Verbal recognition in presentation during awards reception
    • Company logo on video screens, EDC website, and event signage as well as on any printed collateral produced following sponsorship confirmation
    • Individual print banner at event
    • Opportunity to exhibit at event
    • Company featured in blast email sent before and after the event
    • Recognition in all media publicity produced following sponsorship confirmation
    • 20 entries to the awards reception
    • 4 highboy tables reserved with primary placement at event
2017 SKYLINE PARTNER – $7,500

Annual Partnership Benefits include:

  • Company featured in select social media and marketing communications throughout the year including EDC website, E-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (see 2016 statistics under Presenting Partner)
  • Invitation to CEO or a representative of the company to sit on EDC committees
  • Annual right to use EDC marks
  • Cornerstone Sponsor Benefits:
    • Verbal recognition in presentation during awards reception
    • Company logo on video screens, EDC website and event signage as well as on any printed collateral produced following sponsorship confirmation
    • Opportunity to exhibit at event
    • Company listed in blast email sent following the event
    • 15 entries to the awards reception
    • 3 highboy tables reserved with secondary placement at event
2017 COMMUNITY PARTNER – $5,000

Annual Partnership Benefits include:

  • Company featured in select social media and marketing communications throughout the year including EDC website, E-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (see 2016 statistics under Presenting Partner)
  • Annual right to use EDC marks
  • Cornerstone Sponsor Benefits:
    • Verbal recognition in presentation during awards reception
    • Company logo on video screens, EDC website and event signage as well as on any printed collateral produced following sponsorship confirmation
    • Opportunity to exhibit at event
    • Company listed in blast email sent following the event
    • 10 entries to the awards reception
    • 2 highboy tables reserved with secondary placement at event
2017 B2B PARTNER – $2,500

Annual Partnership Benefits include:

  • Cornerstone Sponsor Benefits:
    • Company logo on video screens and EDC website
    • 8 entries to the awards reception
    • Company featured in select social media and marketing communications throughout the year including EDC website, E-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (see 2016 statistics under Presenting Partner)
2017 NONPROFIT SPONSOR – $1,500
  • Cornerstone Sponsor Benefits:
    • Agency may be asked to provide proof of their nonprofit status in good standing
    • Company logo on video screens and EDC website
    • 6 entries to the awards reception

Please contact Shannen Merrick at 816-213-6910 if you have questions about sponsoring the 2017 Cornerstone Awards.


2017 Cornerstone Award Finalist
  • 63rd Street Corridor
  • Academy for Integrated Arts
  • Argyle on 12th
  • Boulevard Brewing Tours & Recreation Center
  • Burns & McDonnell Headquarters Expansion
  • CP Lofts
  • Corrigan Station
  • Courtyard & Residence Inn Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center
  • EPEC & The Grooming Project
  • Fishtech Labs
  • HMBC Logistics 1 at Hunt Midwest Business Center
  • Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • k12itc
  • Kansas City University Administration Building
  • Kansas City Sausage Company
  • MMC Contractors
  • Morningstar Youth & Family Life Center
  • MULTIVAC
  • National Association of Construction Contractors Cooperative
  • Oak Point Duplexes
  • PayIt
  • Pinsight Media+
  • Power & Light Apartments
  • Red Bridge Shopping Center
  • Sandlot Goods
  • Startland News
  • Tom’s Town Distilling Co.
  • TREKK Design Group
  • Virgin Mobile

Award winners are formally recognized at the EDC Cornerstone Awards Reception. More than 400 guests are expected to attend the Cornerstone Awards reception and we invite you to come out and celebrate with us!

Do you know a person, project, business, program/initiative or event that drives economic development and creates an environment in which businesses can prosper in Kansas City, Missouri? Submit a nomination for the 2018 Cornerstone Awards.

Click here to submit a nomination!