Port of Kansas City, a History

Published: October 10, 2012

Original Presentation “Port of Kansas City, a History”  

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

October 10, 2012

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!  The presenter shared elements of the City’s history based on the barging industry, and what the Port Authority of Kansas City is doing to revitalize commercial river traffic in Kansas City.
Branden Leay Criman 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. Since 2008, she 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. She is leading the Port Authority’s initiative to reopen the Port of Kansas City in her role as Deputy Port Director.

Missouri River Channel Opening Ceremonies

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The Big Muddy Speakers Series in Kansas City

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Thanks to all of our venue hosts for making this possible! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series is also held monthly in Rocheport and St. Charles.

Recordings of Presentations

Kansas City Digital Video has been recording Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations. These are available on their website at this link. Some contain synchronized powerpoint presentations. We will be posting these to the archived presentation pages on bigmuddyspeakers.org. Thanks Micheal Morgan and crew for putting this important archive online! The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.


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