Google Fiber Kansas City leader Rachel Hack was keynote speaker for the 2012 Star Partner luncheon.
From international giant Cerner Corporation to a Gladstone auto parts store, a wide range of area companies were honored at the Star Partner Awards Luncheon March 6.
Created by the Northland Education and Business Alliance, the Star Partner Awards recognize companies and community organizations that have expanded the area’s educational opportunities and workforce development in the region. Nearly 200 people attended the event, held at Harrah’s North Kansas City.
The 2012 Star Partner organizations were Beverly Lumber in Platte City, Cerner Corporation, Garden Valley Manor of Kansas City, the Liberty School District Social Services Department, NAPA Auto Parts in Gladstone, Shawmet Homes, Inc. (Parvin Estates) in Kansas City, Spectrum Station Preschool in Platte City and Walgreens in Parkville.
Rachel Hack, named in September as leader of Google’s Kansas City fiber optic project, outlined the dramatic Internet speed increases that will be available for Kansas City homes beginning this year. She predicted that health care, education and entertainment would be among the most impacted by access to speeds up to 100 times current broadband capability.
The 2012 Star Partner Award Winners are included a diverse group of area companies that share an unparalleled support for education.
Both the luncheon and posters were sponsored by Citizen’s Bank and Trust. Copies of the posters are available free by calling the Clay County EDC at (816) 468-4989.