“Travel + Leisure  identified Kansas City as the 4th most cultured city in America.  The Huffington Post named Kansas City as the “coolest” city in America and  PC Magazine ranked KC as the No. 1 high-tech city you will want to call home.  How has this happened? What does it mean and where do we go from here?”

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About Michael Burke:  michael burkeMichael Burke is a director and CEO of Burke Payne, LLC law firm in Kansas City. He is a life long Kansas City resident. He received his undergraduate degree in History from Georgetown University in 1970 and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center where he was Research Editor for Law and Policy in International Business.

Mr. Burke recently served as Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts which drafted “KCMO Arts ConvergenceBecoming a 21st Century Cultural Center”. This is the city’s first strategic plan for the arts. The report led to the creation of the Office of Culture and Creative Services as well as the Kansas City Film Office. Mr. Burke currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Arts Council.

Mr. Burke is active in the rapidly developing Kansas City technology community. He was appointed by Mayor James as Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Bistate Innovation Team, a task force charged with developing strategies for the use of the new fiber technology in Kansas City. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Council for KC Digital Drive, a program to implement strategies for the growth of Kansas City as a leading technology center. Mr. Burke chaired the Launch KC Initiative, a program of the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation to assist small and medium size tech companies. He is a member of the Missouri IT Council and on the Advisory Committee to the Digital Sandbox, a proof of concept center started with the leadership of the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Mr. Burke has also served in a variety of capacities on behalf of the City of Kansas City, Missouri including: First District City Councilman, Chair of the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC), Chair of the All America City Committee, Chair of the Kansas City Riverfest, Board of Directors of the Convention and Visitors Association, and Chair of the Kansas City Port Authority.

Kansas City Magazine has recognized Mr. Burke’s legal achievements for several years in a row with the ‘Super Lawyer’ designation as Top Attorney in the category of Government/Cities and Municipalities. Mr. Burke has also received recognition by Best Lawyers in America in the category of Planning & Zoning.