The Martin City Business and Community Association (MCBCA) was created in 1998 to raise awareness of the Martin City area and encourage commercial growth with existing and new businesses. A primary driving force for the creation of MCBCA was the lack of infrastructure along 135th Street, which leaders felt was a distinct drawback to business development. Martin City had been annexed into Kansas City, MO in 1963 and yet years later, the primary arterial had received no upgrades from the city so businesses became frustrated.
In January 2005, MCBCA gained a new partner to assist in the quest for a better Martin City when the Martin City Community Improvement District (MCCID) was created. Together, they work tirelessly to create a thriving, viable, commercial community in the southwest corner of the City of KCMO.
With the added clout of the MCCID as a political subdivision, MCBCA has been able to focus on bettering the area through marketing promotions, public events, and collaborations with government, neighborhood, civic and educational partners.
MCBCA is the coordinator and host for the annual Irishpalooza St. Patrick’s parade in Martin City – work that is practically a twelve-month effort for an event with so many “moving parts”. The parade draws thousands of spectators and has long been considered “Kansas City’s Biggest Little Fun Parade”. The Whiskey 5K Race and annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony are also coordinated and hosted by the MCBCA.
President: Nilson Goes Jr., Infinite Energy Construction
Vice President: Stacy Barnhart, Fishtech Group
Secretary: Bridgette Elleman, Rob Sight Ford
Treasurer: Angie Boehner, LaserEquipment
*If you are interested in volunteering to help with MCBCA events or would like to join the MCBCA Board of Directors, please contact Debbie Van Noy at (816) 941-9499.