Jackson County Legislator
415 E. 12th St., 2nd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
Ken Bacchus, a former Kansas City Councilman, was sworn in as Jackson County 2nd District Legislator on July 14, 2014.
County Legislators voted 8-0 to appoint him to fill the vacancy in the 2nd District, and he will serve out the current Legislative term set to expire at the end of this calendar year.
Bacchus, an urban planner and public policy manager by profession, whose experience spans over 37 years, has a broad range of experience in redevelopment planning, management of economic development projects, non-profit management, and analysis of the changing market conditions in the residential and commercial sectors of the community.
Bacchus is the Managing General Partner of Urban Initiatives Group, a development management and consulting company. Bacchus and his wife live in the Citadel neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
In addition, Bacchus served two terms as an At-large member of the Kansas City, Missouri City Council (1991-99) as well as Executive Director of a Community Development Corporation (CDC) in the mid 1980’s.
While on the City Council, Bacchus was Chairman of the Plans, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee for both terms as his expertise in understanding dynamic urban changes were critical to the city as major population shifts were occurring. In addition to the zoning and strategic planning efforts, Bacchus negotiated many of the financing and development packages for new job development, business retention and expansion, and community economic development policies throughout Kansas City.
Bacchus served as Co-Chairman of the Bi-State Empowerment Zone Committee with Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas to successfully obtain approximately $45 million in grants for the two cities. The current redevelopment of the Jazz Hall of Fame, Negro Leagues Museum and redevelopment of the Gem Theater were the recipients of more than $28 million to the Jazz District at 18th & Vine Street as a result of the committee's work.
Bacchus served as Chairman of the Community Economic Development Committee of the National League of Cities and was a member of its Board of Directors. Bacchus also served as a Commissioner for the Redevelopment Authority and the Tax Increment Financing Commissions of Kansas City for 15 years. He served as a member of the Urban Land Institute (served as an Advisor to the Affordable Housing Council from 2001-05) and is a Charter Member of the American Planning Association.
Bacchus has a B.A. in Political Science from Jackson State University, graduate studies in City and Regional Planning at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Masters of Public Administration from the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
Partial List of Honors & Awards:
Vice-Chancellor Award for Academic and Community Service, UMKC 2013
Fellowship, Illinois Department of Higher Education, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1976-77
Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration
Year VIII Kansas City Tomorrow Alumnus 1985, Civic Council of Kansas City
“Gold Pin” Award presented by the Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts, 1999
“Silver Beaver” Award presented by the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1997
Bacchus is an active member of the following organizations:
Member, South Kansas City Alliance (SKCA) Neighborhoods, Economic Development and Governmental Affairs Committees
Blue Hills Neighborhood Association – Real Estate Committee
Chairman, Urban Summit of Greater Kansas City 2014 and 2015 Annual Community Conference
Immediate Past President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Beta Lambda Chapter, Present
Board Member, Beta Lambda Education Institute 2004 – Present
Mentor, Hogan Preparatory Academy with the Urban Rangers and Rotary Club 2013 – Present
District Map (Effective 2014)
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