Jon Stephens serves as President & CEO of Port KC.
He is an economic development professional who has spent a career focused on utilizing thoughtful development and planning to improve his community. Jon has been president of one of the largest urban redevelopment districts in America. He has led a major regional tourism organization. He has guided boards and corporations to innovative success. Jon is passionate about his community, and has built a reputation on engagement, awareness, creativity, and collaboration.
Jon was most recently Director of Economic Development for Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County where he managed all aspects of development in a community that has seen in excess of $5 billion in new development in the last decade.
Jon is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri, speaks across the nation on the future of cities and development, and is an active board member for many organizations, including Visit KC, KC Streetcar, Arts KC and the KCADC.