Elected officials to commemorate year of fighting COVID-19


What: The metro’s CORE 4 jurisdictions will commemorate one year of fighting COVID-19. They will recognize the impact of the pandemic on our community, our efforts to slow the spread and everyone’s resiliency throughout the past year.

This event will also include the unveiling of a temporary installation that allows the public to contribute a memory, thought or honor connected to the pandemic.

Who: The top elected officials of the CORE 4 jurisdictions will make remarks. Health officials and city/county managers will be recognized for their efforts the past year.


  • George Guastello, Union Station (Emcee)
  • Jackson County Executive, Frank White, Jr.
  • Ed Eilert, Chairman, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners 
  • Mayor David Alvey, Unified Government
  • Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas City, MO

When:  1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16

Where: Union Station Grand Plaza (30 W. Pershing Rd., Ste. 400, Kansas City, MO 64108)

Why: March 16 marks one year since the CORE 4 jurisdictions implemented measures to close restaurants, bars, and movie theatres for 15 days, and banned public gatherings (with some exceptions) of more than 10 people.  Less than a week later, the CORE 4 leaders held a joint news conference at Union Station to discuss their issuances of 30-day stay-at-home orders except for essential services.

For more information please contact:

  • Marshanna Smith, Jackson County, Missouri Public Information Officer, 816 878-1930, msmith@jacksongov.org
  • Jody Hanson, Johnson County Director of Public Affairs and Communication, 913-715-0730, jody.hanson@jocogov.org
  • Chris Hernandez, Kansas City, Missouri Communications Director, 816-787-1507, Chris.Hernandez@kcmo.org
  • Ashley Hand, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Director of Strategic Communications, 913-573-5544, azhand@wycokck.org