Citizens of Kansas City Approve Question 1

Question 1’s passing frees up $125 million to improve neighborhood parks, pools, and the Kansas City Convention Center.

KANSAS CITY, MO – The citizens of Kansas City approved Question 1 in yesterday’s election enabling $125 million in new obligation spending to improve neighborhood parks, pools, and the Kansas City Convention Center.

“This funding delivers much-needed improvements to amenities we often take for granted – neighborhood pools, parks, and community centers – and this important initiative also authorizes funds for critical repairs and upgrades to our main convention asset, the Kansas City Convention Center,” said President & CEO of Visit KC, Kathy Nelson. “Whether you know it by Bartle Hall, Municipal Auditorium or simply the downtown convention center, the fact remains that the facility is the driving force to one of Kansas City’s largest economic engines – let alone the source of hundreds of good-paying jobs.”

Nelson goes on to say, “It’s been a long and winding road toward recovery but thanks to the resiliency and pride within the local industry, the city has once again displayed its Midwestern grit and determination. From the 2023 NFL Draft to a revitalized airport experience, new opportunities beckon at our doorstep. Our workforce of 41,000 strong are rolling up their sleeves and getting back to work doing what we love – showing off our city.

“Improving conditions at the Kansas City Convention Center won’t just help us deliver a top-notch event experience for our out-of-town guests. It also improves the quality of life for our citizens, generating significant tax revenues at a time when our region needs it most.”


About Visit KC

Headquartered in Downtown Kansas City, Visit KC is the chief hospitality sales and marketing organization for the region. With a mission of igniting global passion for Kansas City, Visit KC collaborates with nearly 1,000 community partners to drive the marketing, sales and service of the destination’s convention and tourism industry—a sector that supports more than 41,000 local jobs. For more information about Kansas City, go to

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