Why we love Kansas City

We’re a little biased. We love Kansas City.

For its entire 30-year history, Cerner has maintained its residence in the Kansas City metro area and nearly 5,000 Cerner associates call it home. The metro area straddles the Missouri/Kansas state line and spans seven counties.

Not only is Kansas City the largest city in the geographic center of the continental United States, but it’s a city that is both rich in history and full of innovation.

We wanted to highlight some of the reasons why we love KC and we think you will too when you come to visit for the Cerner Health Conference.

KC knows food.

Kansas City is famous for its barbecue, so be sure to sample some when you come into town. You might even be able to smell it in certain areas. Some of the favorites around the office include: Oklahoma Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s and Gates. But smoked meats slathered in barbecue sauce isn’t the only thing there is to eat in Kansas City (although it’s hard to wonder why you’d want anything else); there is a wide variety of excellent dining establishments offering every different type of cuisine.

KC loves the arts.

If you get the chance, be sure to visit one of Kansas City’s many art museums. The largest — The Nelson-Atkins is just east of the famous Country Club Plaza and is within walking distance of the city’s premier contemporary art museum, the Kemper. During the summer months, the galleries in the Crossroads district of downtown Kansas City open their doors for First Fridays, a favorite of Kansas City’s resident art enthusiasts.

The area of 18th & Vine is internationally recognized as one of the cradles for jazz music and houses the American Jazz Museum, the Mutual Musicians Foundation and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. 18th & Vine is a part of the National Register of Historic Places. And if you’re hungry for more history, be sure to visit the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

KC loves the nightlife.

If you’re looking to unwind after spending your days in educational sessions at CHC, there are several places for you to go. Near the convention center is the Kansas City Power & Light District, which sits in the shadow of the Sprint Center, Kansas City’s downtown sports arena. The Power & Light district is home to KC Live, which will host CHC Attendees for The Bash on Tuesday night where they will be entertained by Three Dog Night.

KC loves its sports.

Kansas City is well-known for its fandom. The smells of tailgating at Chiefs football games can be found throughout the city from the perennially-sold-out Arrowhead Stadium. Just across the parking lot, you’ll find the Kansas City Royals‘ Kaufmann Stadium, named after legendary Kansas Citian Ewing Kaufmann, the long-time owner of the Royals and early influencer of Cerner leadership. A bit west of downtown and across the state line, you’ll find a new development around the Kansas Speedway, which will host a Sprint Cup race on Sunday, October 4. Also taking up residence near the Speedway are Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards, who currently play their games at Community Area Ballpark, home of the baseball’s Northern League T-bones.

Looking for something to do in KC during CHC?

There are several great events happening during the Cerner Health Conference.

  • First Fridays Art Event, Crossroads Art District — Friday, October 2
  • American Royal BarbecueOctober 1-4
  • First Hand Foundation Masquerade BallSaturday, October 3
  • KC Chiefs vs. NY Giants, Arrowhead Stadium — Sunday, October 4
  • Sprint Cup NASCAR Race, Kansas Speedway — Sunday, October 4
  • KC Ballet Fall PerformanceOctober 9-12

For more information on what to do in Kansas City, be sure to check out VisitKC.com in booth #515 in the solutions gallery.

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