Kansas City chamber is heading to Silicon Valley for a ‘leadership exchange’ trip

About 110 business, civic and political leaders plan to leave Kansas City on Sunday to begin a three-day “leadership exchange” trip to Silicon Valley.

The trip marks the 12th year for an out-of-town fact-finding tour led by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. This year’s focus is on technology and entrepreneurship.

The chamber’s chairman-elect, Terry Dunn of JE Dunn Construction Group, will lead the group. Visits to Stanford University, Google, Levi Stadium and Singularity University are on the agenda.

Also planned is an event with former Kansas City area residents who have moved to Silicon Valley. The chamber calls it as “a dialogue with Heartland startup ‘expats’ to find out why they left KC for Silicon Valley and what it would take to win them back.”

“With the continuing success of and … focus on our Big 5 entrepreneurship initiative, the selection of Silicon Valley as the site for this year’s Leadership Exchange was a natural,” said Jim Heeter, president and chief executive officer of the chamber.

Heeter said the trip also works as a networking opportunity for existing and emerging leaders in the Kansas City area. Tour participants will post on Twitter under the hashtag #kc2sv during the trip.

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