Bob Langenkamp, Interim President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, since December 2014, has been selected for that role on a permanent basis, Mayor Sly James and the EDC Board of Directors announced today.
“Bob’s leadership in various city planning and development roles has been marked by exemplary professional service,” James said. “He brings nationally recognized expertise and deep local experience to one of the most important roles for the future of Kansas City.”
Bridgette Williams, chair of the EDC Board of Directors, said the stakes are high at the EDC, which manages the efforts of six statutory redevelopment agencies serving Kansas City.
“When it comes to business, nothing trumps intelligence, integrity and energy,” Williams said. “Those are three key attributes that describe Bob Langenkamp, and we believe that Bob has what it takes to build a solid and strong economic development entity for Kansas City.
James today also announced the appointment of Jeff Krum to the EDC board. Krum succeeds Clyde McQueen, whose term on the board expired.
Langenkamp has worked for the City since 1989 and has been involved in most of the major redevelopment projects undertaken during this period. He most recently was Assistant City Manager since 2009 and was additionally appointed as the Director of City Planning in 2012.
Langenkamp was a Daniel Rose Program Fellow at the Urban Land Institute In 2012. He is former Chair of the ULI’s Kansas City District Council. Among other civic activities, he is a 2000 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program.
Krum has been associated with Boulevard Brewing Co. as a partner, officer and director since its inception in 1989. He served as chief financial officer from 1994 through 2013, and currently holds the position of Vice President for Corporate Affairs. He has been involved in the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings in and around downtown Kansas City for more 30 years. In 2009, he co-founded Ripple Glass, a glass-recycling solution for the city and the region.
The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, is a 501c4 non-profit agency created to serve as Kansas City, Missouri’s link to business and the economic development community. The EDC also staffs the Tax Increment Financing Commission, the Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Boards, the Port Authority and the EDC Loan Corporation.