Wednesday, May 13, 2020

CERNER CANCELS KANSAS CITY HEALTH CONVENTION AMID CORONAVIRUS!!!



Another devastating loss for Downtown and the local tourism economy . . . Take a look:

KC Biz Journal: One of Kansas City’s biggest — and most-visible — annual meetings will go virtual this year because of Covid-19 concerns.

Cerner Corp. notified Mayor Quinton Lucas late Tuesday that it will take its 2020 Cerner Health Conference online. The event, scheduled for Oct. 12-14, was expected to have nearly $12.5 million in local economic impact.

Developing . . .

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

The impact is much more than $12.5 million. Endless efforts to minimize the financial bad news. The pandemic will highlight the value of virtual collaboration. The tools for virtual collaboration aren't very good but are getting better quick. The organizations have good reason to improve the tools, now.

Anonymous said...

And it still won’t matter to Kathryn shields, she will still spend and give away all our tax money on the wrong things

Anonymous said...

online isn't the same as in person.

Anonymous said...

Can't they do it at the Sly Burk hotel?

Diddling Don said...

If only Mexico had payed for the wall...

Anonymous said...

A Go Chiefs tweet from Lucas should be popping up on his feed soon.

Anonymous said...

Good. All conventions should be held virtually. It’s safe and people won’t get sick while riding the streetcar.

Anonymous said...

The tariffs the Chinese are paying should offset this real good.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Dumbass. The Chinese aren't paying the tariffs (taxes). American Citizens are paying the taxes.

Speaking of ... hey Deplorables. It's 5 o'clock somewhere. Time for your hydroxychloroquine overdose, huff of Lysol, and shot of Clorox. Salud!

Anonymous said...

Don't bother trying. We know Trump did not say anything like that. Try subtlety for a change. Blatant lying is obviously not working for you.

Anonymous said...

The long-term damage to the convention industry will be large. As companies realize that virtual meetings and networking are effective and much more efficient than large in-person gatherings, they will drastically reduce spending for employee attendance at conferences and the like.

Anonymous said...

Cerner has only gone downhill over the years. CEO Patterson (RIP) gave them some good direction, but the place has never been employee-focused. With all the horror stories, the turnover there has got to be out of sight.

Anonymous said...

More conferences and conventions were already going online even before the virus, which has just accelerated the trend.
KCMO hasn't been a serious convention town for decades and all the "investment" downtown and millions more wasted on silliness like THE streetcar has all been simply throwing money at yesterday's news.
Soon there'll be a whole new set of books and lectures from the usual suspect "urban futurists" which will convince clueless electeds like Lucas and the gang that many hundreds of millions more MUST be spent on the latest BIG BIG ideas, or they'll be left behind.
History simply repeating itself and the taxpayers left picking up the tab.

Retro ROCKER said...

The Ghost Hotel Lowes. Kansas City. Such a lovely place. Plenty of room at the Lowes Kansas City Any time of year you can grab a Beer.

Anonymous said...

Is this what Trump means by a V-shaped recovery? Bouncing back bigger and better than ever?

He is going to be so disappointed.

Anonymous said...

@8:42 PM

Nail on head with that post. Somehow coming out of this our elected officials will land on the idea that the best way to fix the city's lagging convention presence is to spend and divert more tax dollars to expanding Bartle Hall or building another hotel that the city is already over saturated with.

This city NEVER learns. If you want to know whether or not something is a good idea, follow the money. If you follow the money trail, it'll lead you to the truth. If a developer is telling you that they need millions of dollars from the city to make a project financially viable then that is a hot, blazing red flag that it's probably not a good idea and the city has no business "investing" (which is more like donating) in the project. And this city has been burned REPEATEDLY over that kind of madness.

#KorruptCity