Allstate Consultants

Who We Are

Allstate Consultants is a civil engineering consulting firm focused on a broad range of public and private projects that improve quality of life and bolster the business community. Since 1975, Allstate has partnered with municipalities and economic development organizations to maintain and improve community assets. Our innovative design team includes engineers and consultants with expertise in the following disciplines.

  • Civil/Site Development
  • Transportation
  • Water & Environment
  • Structural
  • Investigative & Forensic

In addition to our engineering services, Allstate partners with municipal clients to assist with grant applications and compliance and has particular experience with federal and state agencies’ programs that focus on infrastructure and economic development, including:

  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED)
  • Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA)
  • Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Over the years, the team has introduced funding pathways to communities, advocated for projects to the various agencies, and assisted local leaders and city staff with compliance requirements so the process is successful. Recognizing a need for additional expertise, Allstate employs team members with project experience in economic development to further support its municipal and private clients.

Believing strongly in the need for a streamlined process, Allstate assisted the City of Columbia with Missouri’s very first Certified Site, recognized by the Department of Economic Development, Department of Natural Resources, and major utility providers. We understand the importance of documenting and leveraging community assets for growth and sustainability.

Our Partnership

Understanding basic infrastructure is key to developing a strong and sustainable local economy. Through a relationship with KCP&L, our team will partner with economic development organizations, city leaders, utility directors, and operators to document and assess community assets, including transportation systems and utilities, as we believe this tool is the first step to efficient and financially prudent asset management.

What We Do

Instead of systems living in the minds of legacy employees, we encourage communities to pull back the curtain and let us document and assess the various systems. Two primary benefits of our services: 1) You can respond immediately to site selectors about reliability and redundancy of your community’s systems because you know the locations and capabilities, and 2) You can strategically program for improvements instead of reacting whenever a problem arises.

Client Philosophy

We are committed to your success and will work diligently to deliver innovative solutions that work. We do not simply want to create a document to collect dust, we want to design and deliver information to fit your community’s unique needs and capacity. Our team takes great pride in their work product being displayed on the walls of council chambers and city employees’ offices as well as online. We are even more thrilled when we see mark ups and notes regarding future plans. We want to be your most trusted resource, vested in your success.


Matt Jarrett
Senior Project Manager
900 SW Oldham Pkwy #203
Lee’s Summit, MO 64658

Jennifer Presberry
Client & Resource Specialist
Allstate Consultants LLC
3312 LeMone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 875-8799

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BlueSkyBotsWho We Are
BlueSkyBots provides comprehensive aerial photography and videography services for commercial property and buildings. While based out of Kansas City, Missouri, our group is available to travel to any location to include the continental U.S. and beyond.

What We Do
We use advanced drone technology with high quality camera gear to capture a unique perspective of your event, business, and commercial property. We provide both raw footage and full feature short films for use on your website or in marketing materials.

Derrick Woolworth  (President)
Susan Carrico  (Owner)

8217 NE 127th St
Kansas City, MO 64167
215 W. 18th St, Suite 103
Kansas City, MO 64108

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candid marketingWho We Are
candid marketing + communications is a client-centric branding, marketing, advertising, public relations and interactive agency. candid is one of a handful of agencies in the country with a robust practice area in local, regional, national and international economic development marketing. We have extensive experience working with municipalities of all sizes as well as local and regional EDOs to spur economic development through messaging and award winning graphic design.

Our Partnership
Because we’ve partnered with KCP&L, your organization has the opportunity to use our services at a discounted rate and you may be eligible for a cost-sharing program.

What We Do
Here are five ways you can work with us:

  1. Investor communications and engagement
  2. Marketing plan and implementation support
  3. Marketing material “tool box”
  4. Social media support
  5. Communications resource

becky freetly-graber
president + partner
candid marketing + communications
816.765.3608 ext. 101
400 sw longview blvd., suite 200 • lee’s summit, mo 64081

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Golden Shovel AgencyWho We Are
Golden Shovel Agency provides groundbreaking online economic development. As champions of Greater America, they work with over 120 communities across the country managing their online economic development presence. Their Economic Gateway solution combines award-winning design with all the tools included for successful economic development into a package affordable to rural and mid-sized communities. They expand it every quarter with new updates, additions and tools to keep their clients ahead of the curve. Regional organizations can connect multiple websites together that powerfully share data and news. Their GateKeeper service makes them part of your team, managing the website and social media channels. They create goal-oriented original content and publish it weekly along with current news. Reports and analysis are provided quarterly.

Aaron Brossoit
Chief Operating Officer
Golden Shovel Agency

John Marshall
Vice President of Sales
Golden Shovel Agency

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New Age GraphicsWho We Are
New Age Graphics is a new class of website development firm committed to catalyzing the competence and competitiveness of its clients by helping them succeed through the power of the internet. Driven by the credo that solutions are effective only when organizational needs are accurately ascertained and aptly addressed; New Age Graphics looks upon itself as an integral part of its client’s organization.

Our Partnership
In 2006 New Age Graphics embarked on a highly valued working relationship with KCP&L. Over the past 8 years we have partnered with KCP&L to provide effective, content balanced websites for numerous Economic Development organizations, Chambers of Commerce and small to medium size Municipalities in Missouri and Kansas. As a KCP&L Local Partner we consult with Economic Development agencies to insure a successful website presence based on content most desired by site selectors. Our projects start out as low as $7,000 and range up depending on the amount of overall development time and custom content involved, i.e.- interactive maps, third party application integration, etc.

What We Do
We have extensive expertise in website development, namely WordPress development, online application development and search engine marketing. New Age Graphics is also the exclusive provider of Tier1 website marketing services in the Kansas City area. Tier1 provides patented search marketing technology for local, regional, and national businesses and organizations.

Client Philosophy
New Age Graphics combines a worldwide reach with personalized service, offering a high degree of personal involvement and commitment to meet all the special and specific requirements of our clients. We are a progressive group of professionals who deliver world class solutions every day. We recognize that the use of the Internet for marketing your products & services can be a challenging endeavor. We determine the best methods of achieving our client’s goals. We offer a cost effective solution based on our client’s input. At New Age Graphics we charter the course for you. Simply put we listen to our clients. Most importantly to our clients, we always deliver what we promise.

Keith Stidham
New Age Graphics | Tier 1 Search Marketing Solutions
PO Box 1263 | Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
(816) 554-8610 office | (816) 665-2771 cell

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Olsson AssociatesWho We Are
Olsson Associates, ranked 139 on the Engineering-News Record list of Top 500 Design Firms, employs nearly 850 staff members who provide broad-based civil engineering, planning, and design services. Our specialized economic development consulting services include industrial site preparedness involving comprehensive site diligence, targeting viability analysis, and master planning services. With offices located throughout the KC P&L territory, we are capable of combining both regional understanding and comprehensive national experience to provide client solutions.

Olsson Associates has completed economic development site preparedness projects in many states throughout the United States. Our unique service offerings have led to Olsson Associates’ Economic Development Leader, Courtney Dunbar, being featured as a contributing writer in both Site Selection and Area Development magazines, as well as a frequent speaker and panelist regarding economic development site preparedness.

Our Partnership
Olsson Associates’ broad-based civil engineering service offerings combined with their economic development consultancy allows the company to provide effective guidance in site preparedness and development projects. We desire for our clients to view us as their partner in achieving development goals.

What We Do
Primary development is vital to sustaining community pride and economic vitality. Wise use of local land tracts for tax base enhancement affects quality of place for an entire community. Local economic growth requires the ability to provide optimal sites suitable to accommodate new business development opportunities. As the world continues to evolve, so does the competitiveness of attracting quality development opportunities. It is critical for communities to rise above competitor communities in the eyes of site selectors and end-users.

To best position sites as relevant to the site selection and end-user community, Olsson Associates partners with both economic development corporation, city, county, and or/developer clients to position land tracts through site diligence, master planning, targeting viability assessment, logical phasing and costing, entitlement assistance, and creation of marketing and promotional materials.

All communities require primary economic investment for stability, regardless of size, and our solutions allow the very smallest to the very largest to effectively position sites without forcing the premature absorption of infrastructure build-out costs. In addition, we at Olsson Associates pride ourselves on delivering site preparedness packages that allow our clients to pro-actively chase end-users rather than simply wait on the interest of site selectors.

Effective site preparedness allows for streamlined targeting, land investment protection, strategic capital improvements budgeting, accelerated development timelines, development optimization, an ability to visualize site development capabilities prior to actual build-out, and enhanced incentive negotiation capabilities.

Client Philosophy

Olsson Associates desires to serve as your partner in development. Our vast experiences in both municipal engineering and land development engineering allow us to bring forth creative solutions to complex development projects.

John E. Olsson started Olsson Associates in 1956 on the ideals of passion, innovation, and creativity. But he realized he couldn’t do it alone. Working with others was critical to success, and today, that collaborative spirit remains at the core of Olsson Associates.

We know that how we work together makes the difference in the solutions we deliver. We’re more than a company of individuals; we’re a team of problem solvers. We see problems as opportunities for creativity. The process of finding the right answer is different for every client and every project. This idea of collaboration affects how we think, act, and work as a team. It means we’re able to uncover what works best, balancing each client’s unique needs along the way.

Ideal collaboration means communicating what works, what doesn’t, and what might. Combining our fresh approach with our technical expertise, we’re able to look at projects and our clients’ needs from all angles.

Courtney Dunbar, CEcD, EDFP, AICP
Economic Development Leader
211 South 67th Street, Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68106
Phone: 402.938.2432

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RDG Planning & DesignWho We Are
We’re architects, landscape architects, engineers, artists, and planners with a passion for design and a drive to make a difference. Beyond creating a space you love, we want you to enjoy the process of getting there.

Our Partnership
Lack of housing is one of the major constraints to further community and economic development, even during good economic times. Over the past 15 years, RDG has delivered Community Housing Assessment Team studies to nearly twenty KCP&L served communities. As a KCP&L Local Partner, we consult with economic development organization to devise and implement an action plan to address the community’s key housing challenges.

What We Do
At RDG, our goal isn’t just designing a space — it’s making a difference for the people who use it. That’s why we listen first. We dig deep to understand your challenges and deliver solutions that fit the way people live, work, play, and learn.

At the core, it’s about doing the right thing. That means building relationships on respect and trust. Bringing passion, energy, and creativity to every project. Leading the way with technology and sustainability. And being actively involved in the communities we serve.

We’re a diverse group of individuals united by a commitment to healthy living, continuous learning, and responsible design. We love what we do and it shows in our work every day.

Martin H. Shukert, FAICP
RDG Planning & Design
900 Farnam on the Mall
Suite 100
Omaha, Nebraska 68102-5089

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Community Capacity Builders

Who We Are

Community Capacity Builders brings nearly 30 years of experience in economic, community and small business development community.  Sharon Gulick, owner, currently directs the University of Missouri Extension’s Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program.  Through the ExCEED program, Sharon has partnered with numerous communities and regions to help them develop community-based strategies for community economic development and focuses on core issues including community and economic development planning, community assessments, entrepreneurship, leadership development, youth retention, and capacity building.  She has presented fifty-plus Fundamentals of Economic Development workshops to more than 1,000 participants.

Sharon holds an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA and is a certified Strategic Doing™ Guide, a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED), and holds the EDFP (Economic Development Finance Professional) certification from the National Development Council.

Sharon Gulick

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Smart Solutions GroupWho We Are
Smart Solutions Group assists economic development and chamber of commerce organizations with solutions and tools to complete the day to day activities. The partners of the firm have over 100 years of working with over 400 organizations. We help you figure out how the citizens in your area can increase their wealth through increased job opportunities.

Our Partnership
Smart Solutions Group has worked with KCP&L and the predecessors for over ten years. Our initial work involved researching what made some communities in the service territory successful and identify how it could be replicated using a process called BEST PRACTICES. We then worked for several years to bring on new users of LocationOne Information System. We have enjoyed a long time partnership with KCP&L.

What We Do
Smart Solutions Group helps you and your community looks good. From planning for the future to marketing, we can provide the expertise needed to get the job done. We will save you time and money by pulling from our many years in the economic development profession. Our areas of expertise include, organization, planning, marketing, branding, workforce development, technology and executive searches.

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