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Communicating in a Smart & Connected City

April 23, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64112

"Communicating in a Smart & Connected City"
The City of Kansas City, Missouri is the world’s most connected Smart City. Cutting-edge technologies improve everyday experiences for residents—but what impact does technology have on the City’s ability to connect with residents? Join us on April 23, 2019, to learn more about how evolving technologies are changing the rules of engagement.

Chris Hernandez

Chris serves as chief spokesman for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. He is director of the City Communications Office, supervising a talented staff of communicators who provide integrated and strategic communications support to city departments and programs. The office handles media relations, social media, the city’s website and community engagement, while also producing original video programming and graphic design services. Chris also anchors "The Weekly Report” on the city's cable channel.

Chris was previously known as “that guy on the news” during more than 20 years as a television news journalist. He was a political reporter and analyst, covering human interest stories and disasters as well. Chris worked in cities as diverse as Amarillo, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois.

Chris volunteers with and serves as a board member for several local non-profit agencies. His passion for story-telling, adventures, community engagement and innovation make him a favorite emcee and speaker at banquets and awards ceremonies.

Alex Braszko

Lieutenant Colonel (US Army) Alexander Braszko is currently serving as a Veterans Local Government Fellow in Kansas City, Missouri’s Office of Innovation. Starting in May, Alex will serve as interim Chief Innovation Officer. Alex is charged with integrating Smart City initiatives, cutting edge technologies and innovative methods into city-wide operations to improve the lives of Kansas Citians. 

Alex’s experience with communications has been primarily in a technical capacity, first as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) realm and, most recently, as a Space Operations Officer integrating Information Operations into Army Counterterrorism efforts.

He has served as an officer for 22 years in the US Army, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Odyssey Dawn, is a proud father of five children and is thrilled to finally settle down and plant roots in the great state of Missouri!


Note: Please email us, [email protected], if you have specific dietary needs.



$25.00 Price for GKC-PRSA Members
$30.00 after 1:00 pm April 19

$35.00 Price for Non-Members
$40.00 after 1:00 pm April 19