Brien M. Starner
Brien’s professional economic development career spans more than three decades holding executive and senior management positions in public, private, corporate utility, and public/private organizations, and Brien currently serves as President of RideKC Development Corporation.
Brien holds a Bachelor of Arts from William Jewell College with majors in Public Administration & Political Science, with professional education including his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation bestowed by the International Economic Development Council, and completion of coursework from the Institute for Organization Management from Notre Dame and awarded by the US Chamber of Commerce. Brien is currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the Master of Public Affairs program.
Brien’s role includes launching and scaling new economic development strategies, policies, board and corporate entity tools and programs to focus on growing Ridership, Relationships, and Revenues through activities that include Transit Oriented Development. RideKC Development Corporation’s work now includes building Public-Private Partnerships for projects like: 3rd and Grand, 10 Miles of Prospect and Troost Avenues, and dozens of other exploratory development projects.
Frank White III
Frank is a senior executive with a 25-year track record of success. Among other titles and accolades, White has been a VP of an insurance brokerage valued at over 500 million dollars, a four-time award-winning Chief Marketing Officer of a transit agency, an owner and founder of an insurance brokerage, and a high-performing sales and marketing professional. Frank currently serves as vice president development at RideKC Development Corporation.
Frank holds a Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Since coming to the KCATA in March of 2016, Frank has won three First Place AdWheel Awards marketing and has been selected to attend and graduate from the prestigious Eno Transit Senior Executive Program Class of 2019.
Frank’s role includes an emphasis on workforce development., job access, and public policy advisory, which included working with key business, civic, and community stakeholders. Taking an active role in transportation, Workforce development, and real estate development committees throughout the region.
Sept 8: Builder's Association
Topic: Downtown KC Development & the Future of KCMO
Panelists: Brian Platt, Jay Copaken, Michael Collins, and Amy Eckhoff
Sept 9: Governor's Economic Development Conference
Topic: Transit Oriented Development & how it can foster city building
Sept 10: Civic Council of Greater KC, KC Tomorrow
Topics: Transportation and economic development & panel moderator on regional transportation with John Murphy
Panelists: Robbie Makinen, Tom Gerend, Chris Gutierrez, Jon Stephens, and Melissa Robinson
Oct 13, 20 & 21: Urban Land Institute's Technical Assistance Panel
Topic: Best uses for land parcels owned by the City of Westwood
Oct 28, 29: MO Economic Development Financing Conference
Topic: Transportation and economic development
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David Bower, Vice Chairman
Keith A Cutler, Secretary and Treasurer
Kenneth T. Bacchus
Alicia R. Hooks, Ph.D.
Dennis Strait and Graham Smith, Gould Evans
Chris Sally, Iconic Development
Herb Hardwick and Allison Bergman, Hardwick Law Firm
Kevin Klinkenberg, Midtown KC Now
Jerry Riffel, Lathrop & Gage LLP
Keystone Innovation District
Urban Neighborhoods Initiative
Community Builders KC
Full Employment Council
Palestine Economic Development Corporation
Prospect Business Association
Oak Park Neighborhood Association
Marlborough Community Coalition
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association
Key Coalition Inc
Santa Fe Neighborhood Association