FiberKC Event Drives Discussion on KC Tech Talent

January 25, 2012 in Press Release

Regional group offers tips for building an innovative workforce


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  Jan. 25, 2012 – FiberKC hosted Inside KC-TECH – 2012 and Beyond last night featuring a panel discussion highlighting the thoughts of regional tech leaders. The event focused on the ways KC can leverage 1Gbps Fiber to increase the tech workforce pipeline.

“The Inside KC-Tech event and panel discussion last night demonstrated that Kansas City has the attention, desire and assets to be recognized as a world class technology culture,” said Jeff Melcher, CEO of NetStandard, and FiberKC founder and event host. “The event got people talking and signified the beginning of a community-wide IT workforce initiative in our area.”

The Inside KC-TECH panelists discussed the importance of area educational institutions teaching fundamentals in technology while engaging industry partners for internships and mentoring opportunities with students of all ages.

Panelists also stressed that in order to position Kansas City as an IT and technology hotspot and to attract top tech companies and talent, Kansas City needs to change its cow town perception by emphasizing the creative and innovative culture. The region’s new America’s Creative Crossroads national marketing campaign kicks off this month to address this very important issue.

“The Google Fiber project is a much bigger idea for Kansas City than just increased bandwidth. It’s the spark that our city needs to create an authentic culture of innovation that permeates businesses, government, schools, associations and individuals with an interest in technology,” said Jeff Geheb, CTO, VML. “It’s the big idea that gives us all a sense of shared purpose in making Kansas City a primary source for technology thought leadership. In the journey to figure out how best to take advantage of the Google Fiber project, we’ll also figure how to create a sustainable culture of innovation that will last long after gigabit Ethernet is introduced to the home.”

The Inside KC-TECH technology panelists included: Jean Anne Breedlove, CIO, Children’s Mercy Hospital; Jeff Geheb, CTO, VML; Bill Graff, senior vice president, Cerner; Kelly Kerns, CIO/COO, GreenTree Technology and AB Pathfinder; and Paul Pauesick, director of IT, Kansas Board of Public Utilities.


About FiberKC

FiberKC is a creative forum for Kansas City regional businesses, government and academia to share information and generate support for metropolitan technology advancement in commerce and employment spurred by the Google Fiber Network Development. The group is comprised of an Advisory Council, support group and website members. For more information, please visit


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