Kansas City, MO, 11/18/15 — Sustainable Development Partners Kansas City (SDPKC) today announced its partnership with Plexpod, a Lenexa, KS based Coworking community, to develop the world’s largest coworking facility, the next generation of office space, at Westport Commons, in 360,000 sq ft of historic school buildings on a 12 acre campus centrally located in Kansas City, Missouri, near 39th and Main.

Construction has begun on what will be an innovative workspace hub for next-generation companies. As explained by David Brain, SDPKC co-founder and former CEO of EPR Properties, a NYSE traded real estate investment trust (NYSE: EPR) with a total market capitalization of more than $5B, “This project is possible because Kansas City is committed to being America’s most entrepreneurial city, and Plexpod Westport Commons will be a significant demonstration of that commitment.” Gerald Smith, Plexpod founder and CEO added, “For entrepreneurs it’s not just about being in business, but being around business. The potential for a startup or growth stage company to thrive in this environment is exponential and it starts with collaboration, excellent facilities, and access to resources like expertise and venture capital.”

Using a “shared economy” model, Plexpod provides in-house resources like digital maker spaces, coding classes, a recording studio, fitness and gaming rooms, barbershop, theater and event spaces; and of course plenty of great coffee. Companies of all sizes can choose from Dedicated or Flex Desks or Dedicated Team Spaces. Regardless of the company size, everyone enjoys access to the resources of the entire facility, including dozens of conference rooms and meetup enclaves, while only paying for the unique people-space they require.

Phase 1 of Plexpod Westport Commons is expected to open in Q4 2016. Plexpod will begin accepting applications for space in January 2016.

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About Sustainable Development Partners Kansas City: Founded in 2011, SDPKC (sometimes referred to as Kansas City Sustainable Development Partners) is a Kansas City-based real estate development partnership. The partnership focuses primarily on adaptive-reuse opportunities and its guiding philosophy is the implementation of creative collaborative change through redevelopment. The partnership bring together wide mix of professional disciplines and expertise that is well suited to this endeavor. Its partners are Bob Berkebile (a founding principal of BNIM Architects), David Brain (who recently stepped down as CEO of EPR Properties), Butch Rigby (founder of Screenland Theaters), Lou Steele (an area commercial real estate broker) and E.F. Chip Walsh (an area development consultant).

About Plexpod: Plexpod is a 24/7 coworking community that began in 2014 with an objective of launching entrepreneurial businesses on a national stage. Its initial 25,000 sq ft facility reached capacity in just a few short months with over 150 entrepreneurial members, representing 40+ companies, collaborating daily. Its mission is found in its name: Plex, comprising of multiple units, and Pod, a protective housing. Plexpod is a reciprocal professional member organization where members enjoy access to all the facilities and resources at each Plexpod location.

Artist Renderings of Plexpod Westport Commons (Phase 1)

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Wrap-Up Party

As Global Entrepreneurship Week came to an end on Friday night, participants were concluding the week’s events at Plexpod for #GEWKC’s Wrap-Up Party. With its power-packed breakout sessions, Sarpino’s pizza, craft beer, Brew Gallery coffee, and 80’s cover band, it was easy to wind down at the culminating event while having a good time networking with the week’s connections made—and possibly even make some new.

The Breakout Sessions Lineup included:

  • Exporting to Expand Sales panelists Nya Igambi, Irvy Karamitros, John Romp, Bill Schwing, Nick Ward.
  • Bringing a Product to Market panelists Jim Baxendale, Mike Foster, Zack Luea, Andy Olson.
  • Main Street and Microenterprise Business Owner panelists Bill Kurple, Stephanie Sage, Brandon Simpson, Bruce Steinberg.

Wrap-Up Party Attendee, Melissa Saubers, enjoyed the event. “It was a great week of learning and networking. Jazzy B’s, Brandon Simpson, nailed it when he encouraged listeners to ‘work with others in your industry to raise awareness and build your industry’s community,” said the President of Cowork Waldo, another Kansas City coworking space.

GEW KC’s planning committee, KCSourcelink, powered the event, while it was sponsored by Community America and Plexpod.

Plexpod’s Founder & CEO, Gerald Smith was pleased with the event’s outcome: “The night was a success! Free food, drinks, and excellent breakouts. We were honored to host the Wrap-Up Party at Plexpod–and are looking forward to next year!”



GEW: Start Local. Grow Global.

Kansas City will join the world to celebrate its innovators, job creators, business owners and companies for Global Entrepreneurship Week. In 2014, a total of 86 activities were held across the metro area, hosted by 85 organizations and drawing more than 7,000 participants. Preparations are under way for more outstanding results this November 16-22 when Global Entrepreneurship Week marks its eighth year.

GEW LogoGlobal Entrepreneurship Week — founded by the Kauffman Foundation — is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Kansas City consistently has been among the leading cities for GEW events and this year looks to be bigger and better than ever!

With several activities planned by local organizations throughout metropolitan Kansas City, there’s something for everyone. The wide variety of education, networking and collaborative events give aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business people an opportunity to share in the spirit of entrepreneurship in Kansas City.

For a list of all the scheduled events go HERE and remember to join the conversation at #GEWKC.