For more than 20 years, Deputy City Manager Kimiko Black Gilmore has helped shape Kansas City’s national and international footprint, and now she has a new responsibility that allows her to continue showcasing the city. Gilmore has just been named Director of Convention and Entertainment Facilities by City Manager Brian Platt.
“Kimiko did so much for the town of Kansas City and did it so well, it made the decision easy,” Platt said. “She will take what is already a world class operation to the next level with dedicated and hardworking employees.”
“I’m beyond thrilled,” said Gilmore, who will continue as deputy city manager. “For many who attend events at our facilities, this is their first exposure to Kansas City and I want them to know that we are happy to have them here and hope they love our city as much as we!”
Gilmore began her career with the city in 2000 as an assistant to the council and continued to build her professional portfolio in leadership positions in community development and as a US Senate staffer. She returned to the city in 2009 as assistant city manager and became deputy city manager in 2012. After a stint as chief of staff at her alma mater – the University of Missouri – Kansas City – she returned to City Hall as a deputy. City manager. As a municipal management professional, she provided oversight in the areas of housing, health, human relations, legislative affairs, emergency management, corrections and neighborhoods. Gilmore helped lead the city’s efforts in several initiatives, including the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and Events, the 2015 World Series Royals Parade, and worked closely with Kansas City Sports Commission officials to crafting City’s bids for the 2023 NFL Draft and the 2026 Fifa World Cup.
The city’s convention and entertainment facilities department will host more than 200 events in 2022, ranging from conventions and Broadway shows to concerts and sporting events. City-run facilities include Bartle Hall, the City Auditorium, and Music Hall. Anyone interested in booking an event can call (816) 513-5000 or visit the Kansas City Convention Center website. For tourist information, go to VisitKC.
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