At Third Avenue Events, we are very proud to work with individuals and companies all over the country. Though we work coast to coast and everywhere in between, we are based in Kansas City, MO – a city that happens to have quite a bit of growth on the horizon.

We are extremely proud of our home base as it transforms from a “flyover” community to a true destination in every sense of the word. Below is a rundown on the changes we are looking forward to the most.

Kansas City International Airport – early September, it was announced that the City of Kansas City selected Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC as the preferred development team to design, build and finance the new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Kansas City International Airport’s current three-terminal layout was designed in the 1960s and opened in 1972 before passenger and baggage screening were required. After an 18-month study to validate the goals, objectives and passenger demand characteristics to guide the design of a new single terminal complex, it was ultimately concluded that a single terminal was the best option. In a recent press release, the City stated “Edgemoor’s proposal is committed to creating a terminal that improves on KCI’s convenience for travelers and meets the City’s strong requirements for local involvement” and we couldn’t be more excited!

Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel – coming in 2020, the new Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel will feature 800 guestrooms, a lobby bar, two restaurants, indoor lap pool and a whopping 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space that connects to the Kansas City Convention Center with a new connector bridge. Additionally, the hotel will be in walking distance to key Kansas City attractions and landmarks, such as the Kansas City Power & Light District, Sprint Center, Kansas City Streetcar and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Amazon’s Second Headquarters Race – In news that isn’t concrete just yet, but equally exciting, Kansas City will compete to attract the second headquarters of Amazon.com Inc. Mayor Sly James confirmed the city’s efforts are already in progress as City Manager Troy Schulte has directed city staff to work with the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City and other partners throughout the city to create the bid. We hope Jeff Bezos likes jazz and barbecue!

As both event professionals and Kansas City natives, we are thrilled with the upcoming changes and cannot wait to see what they bring to this wonderful city.

What are you most looking forward to? What do you think Kansas City is still missing? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.