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Oct 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City

"Port of Kansas City, a History"

presented by Branden Leay Criman, Deputy Director of the Port Authority of Kansas City

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012Missouri River Channel Opening Ceremonies

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161

Kansas City was founded on the banks of the Missouri River; fighting the current, the settlers finally heaved boats on land to unload their families, personal effects and the cargo of supplies necessary to build a new community.  Symbolically, the presence of waterborne commerce in the Kansas City area is vital!  Come discover elements of the City’s history based on the barging industry.  Come find out what the Port Authority of Kansas City is doing to revitalize commercial river traffic in Kansas City.  Branden Leay Criman, Deputy Port Director of the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri will be at Hickok’s Bar and Grill on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to tell the story of the Port of Kansas City.

Since 2008, Branden Leay Criman has used her experience in urban design, civil engineering, and civic, commercial and residential developments to represent Port Authority ventures through project and operations management. Currently she is leading the Port Authority’s initiative to reopen the Port of Kansas City in her role as Deputy Port Director.

She graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Design and additional coursework in Civil Engineering and Construction Management.


From Kansas City, Kansas: 

  • Take I-70 into Missouri.
  • Take exit 2D towards Main St.
  • Merge onto W. 6th St.
  • Turn left onto Walnut St. Hickok's Grill will be on your left.

From the East:

  • Take I-70 into downtown Kansas City.
  • Take exit 2F toward Grand St./Walnut St./Oak St.
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto E Independence Ave.
  • Turn right onto Walnut St. Hickok's Grill will be on your left.

Missouri River Channel Opening Ceremonies

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