Visit KC Introduces New Senior Events Manager

Jessica Blubaugh to oversee planning, implementation of events

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Continuing its mission of growth and elevation of Kansas City, Visit KC, the region’s leading hospitality and tourism organization, is pleased to announce the recent addition of Jessica Blubaugh as senior events manager. Blubaugh brings more than 12 years of event planning experience and creativity to the team. Her first day was May 16.  

As senior events manager, Blubaugh will handle the planning and implementation of events produced by Visit KC such as Kansas City Restaurant Week and Downtown Dazzle, along with community engagement events and the organization’s annual meeting. Blubaugh will also coordinate with area festivals and events and oversee event logistics for Visit KC’s sales missions and Kansas City experiences.

Prior to joining Visit KC, Blubaugh served for five years as senior managing director of brand events for Teach for America, overseeing 50-75 regional and national events each year, including the organization’s 25th Anniversary Summit, which included a budget of $1.9 million and more than 15,000 attendees. Before her time with Teach for America, Blubaugh worked for four years as the senior special events manager at the Women’s Sports Foundation and three years as program and media relations coordinator for WIN for KC with the Kansas City Sports Commission.  

“Visit KC is dedicated to building a team that’s passionate about positioning Kansas City as a premier destination, and I expect Jessica to play a large role in contributing to that mission,” said President & CEO Ronnie Burt. “Her event planning experience speaks for itself. Combined with her professionalism, positivity and forward-thinking approach, Jessica makes an excellent addition to our committed team and will have a tremendous impact on the events that we plan to produce.”

About Visit KC

Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating more than 46,000 jobs and $5.1 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about Kansas City, go to

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