Plan for #SFJ17 conference in Kansas City

Downtown_Kansas_City,_Missouri_from_Liberty_MemorialWe’re going to Kansas City! Save the date for Sept. 27-30, 2017 for our next national conference.

You’re heard of Kansas City barbecue — and perhaps the 2016 World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals. But did you know KC is also home to the world-class Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art? That the Kansas City Zoo spans 200 acres in Swope Park, one of the nation’s largest urban parks? That we have James Beard Award-winning chefs, a gaggle of food trucks and a fusion cuisine to satisfy all your cravings?

Plus — the beer! Our region is home to dozens of craft breweries and, of course, Boulevard Brewing Co., which was founded in 1989 and now has full or partial distribution in 31 states and Washington, D.C. We also have our fair share of distilleries.

A downtown renaissance includes the Sprint Center, a performing arts center designed by Moshe Sadie; a burgeoning arts community; and the latest fascination: a new streetcar line.

From Sept. 27-30 2017, I invite you to bring your family to the annual SFJ conference so you can experience all this KC pride for yourself.

Our hotel — Westin Hotel & Resorts — is just minutes from downtown and within walking distance to many attractions, including Union Station and Crown Center, which is home to Halls department store, Legoland, and fun shops and eateries. Rate is only $160 per night!

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The view of the Westin from Union Station

You also can hop on our streetcar to check out the River Market, which hosts a large farmers market and unique food vendors.

If shopping is your thing, the most popular retailers mingle with local boutiques at the Country Club Plaza — a 10-minute Uber ride away. The outdoor shopping plaza is modeled after Seville, Spain, and is considered the country’s first suburban shopping center.

Here’s another bonus: fall is the most beautiful time of year in Kansas City. So please join us for a fun weekend in the heart of our great country.

Kathy Lu, President of SFJ

Twitter: @kathyluwho

Assistant managing editor for features, Kansas City Star

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