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KC Chamber Looking for the New Big Number 5

With its Big 5 goal for animal health realized, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new Number 5. And the Chamber is asking for community input.

“We’ve checked off the goal of a global animal health symposium and are making substantial progress on our other four big initiatives for ‘Big KC,’” says Roshann Parris, President & CEO of Parris Communications and Chair of the KC Chamber. “We’ve been getting input from our Chamber members, and we welcome the community’s ideas as well. If you have a big idea you’d like us to consider, just visit our website and we’ll put it on the table.”

Read more about The Big 5 at This Is KC in our interview with KC Chamber’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Scott Hall.

Parris appointed former Chamber Chair Greg Graves, Chairman & CEO of Burns & McDonnell, to lead the search for the new Number 5. “We’ve appropriately dubbed Greg the ‘Godfather’ of the original Big 5,” Parris says, “and I’m grateful he’ll be leading the charge.”

“We begin with the philosophy that there are no bad ideas,” Graves says. “That’s the approach we started with three years ago, and it worked beautifully. Not only did we get some great ideas, but it also showed just how many creative, thoughtful people we have here and how much they care about Kansas City.”

Jim Heeter, President & CEO of the KC Chamber, adds, “We’re already seeing some consistent themes in the feedback we’re getting from Chamber members: education (PreK – 20), the arts, and innovation, for example. As we’ve done with the first Big 5, the Chamber hopes to ‘shine a spotlight’ on the new Number 5, building on the advantages we already have, creating jobs, and improving what is already a great place to live.”

The KC Chamber’s ideas webpage will be live through February 5. The first work session to discuss the new Number 5 is scheduled for February 7. That meeting is closed to both the public and the media.