As we close this chapter of the American Royal’s story here in Kansas City, Missouri, I’m reminded of our City’s proud agricultural heritage and am appreciative of the partnership we’ve had with the American Royal for generations. I wish the Royal the absolute best and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the organization. We can absolutely keep our fond memories of the American Royal alive, while honoring our past and preparing for our next chapter as an entrepreneurial, high tech and innovative community of the future. The success of emerging neighborhoods, like the West Bottoms, is critical to our City’s ability to continually reinvent itself in order to remain competitive. I’m committed to working with the City Manager and Council to make the West Bottoms as lively as it was when the first American Royal Show debuted in 1905.