Mayor James announces leadership change at Economic Development Corporation

December 1, 2014 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Bob Langenkamp will serve as Interim President and CEO

Today, Mayor James announced today that the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) accepted the resignation of Pete Fullerton as the organization’s President and CEO.  Fullerton is moving on to a different career opportunity in the region and had been at the helm of the EDC since March of 2012.

“Pete has worked diligently to help mold the EDC into an organization focused on job growth and I am thankful to have worked with such a genuine professional. Pete’s dedicated work ethic and attention to detail will benefit him greatly in the next chapter of his career,” said Mayor Sly James.  “Kansas City’s economy has taken off in some truly exciting ways and I can’t wait to see what kind of growth we’ll experience in the years to come.”

“I appreciate Pete’s service to the EDC and to our community,” said Bridgette Williams, EDC Board Chair. “We’ve made tremendous strides in moving our economy, and the EDC, forward during Pete’s tenure and I look forward to building upon those strides in our next chapter.”

Bob Langenkamp, Assistant City Manager and Director of City Planning and Development, will begin work as the Interim President and CEO immediately. Langenkamp has worked for the City since 1989 and has been involved in most of the major redevelopment projects undertaken during this period.  Langenkamp has served as an Assistant City Manager since 2009 and was additionally appointed as the Director of City Planning in 2012.  Previously, Langenkamp served as the interim President of the Economic Development Corporation.  In 2012, he was an ULI Daniel Rose Program Fellow. Langenkamp serves on the Board of the City’s Port Authority (Ex-Officio), the Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation, the Downtown Council, is Chair of the KC CDE, is former Chair of the ULI’s Kansas City District Council, is an alternate member of the Tax Increment Financing Commission,  and is a 2000 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program.

The EDC oversees six statutory redevelopment agencies and also serves as the City of Kansas City’s liaison to the business and economic development communities.  For more information on the EDC, click here:

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152