Marketing & Communications Director
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Jen manages advertising, social media and public relations, and engages in the community to build partnerships and create resident events and experiences for One Light, Two Light and future properties across the country.
Jen is experienced in property management, hospitality & customer service, social media management, event planning and advertising. She currently serves as Vice President on the board for the Downtown Neighborhood Association, and is active on committees with Visit KC and the Downtown Council.
Family: Four boys – Justin, Brett, Mitch and Charlie
Pets: A 70-lb. German Shepard mix, and former KC Pet Project resident, Jadee
Hobbies: Reading, kickboxing and cheering on her boys
Favorite Happy Hour Spot: Bristol Seafood Grill
Favorite Thing to Do in Downtown KC: Dinner at Garozzo’s, then taking in a performance by the Kansas City Ballet
Favorite “Kansas City” Team: Let’s Go Royals!
Favorite Thing About Downtown KC: The people and the energy
Favorite Food: Grandma’s homemade tamales
Press & Related Articles
July 4, 2018 | The New York Times
n 2002, when Sylvester “Sly” James moved his law office to downtown Kansas City, Mo., he made a wager with a colleague. “I bet him I could walk across Main Street naked at 6 p.m. and nobody would see it,” he recalled. “And the proof that I was right is that no video of that has ever shown up on YouTube.” Downtown, he said, “was freakin’ desolate.”View Story
February 21, 2018 | 41 KSHB Kansas City
Working as a mom poses its own challenges, but that has not stopped one group of women from reaching the executive level at one of downtown’s premier apartment communities.
One Light by The Cordish Companies has been lauded and honored for being the first new high rise of its kind in downtown Kansas City. What you may not realize, it’s all women running executive operations.View Story
January 19, 2018 | The New York Times
Hours before the Sacramento Kings played their N.B.A. home opener in October, Vivek Ranadivé stood on the balcony of the team’s new fourth-floor office at the $1 billion Downtown Commons. He watched hoops fans stream into the year-old Golden 1 Center. He smiled at guests swimming in the rooftop pool of the brand new, 250-room Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. Below him, the open-air plaza at street level bustled with life.View Story
December 6, 2017 | 41 KSHB Kansas City
The Kansas City Power & Light District has partnered with Uber, saying the partnership will make getting rides to and from the area easier.
There will now be designated "Uber Zones" in the area, as well as special perks and promotions offered in the Uber app and Kansas City Power & Light District and Kansas City Live! social media sites.View Story
October 29, 2017 | The Kansas City StarView Story
June 6, 2017 | Kansas City Business Journal
One Light, the Cordish Cos.' 307-unit luxury apartment tower in Kansas City's Power & Light District, has been selected as a finalist in the Urban Land Institute's 2017 Global Awards for Excellence program.
The program honors private, public and nonprofit development projects that achieve the highest standard of excellence in innovative design, construction, economics, planning and management.View Story
January 9, 2016 | Kansas City Business Journal
All of the 2016 Capstone Award winners are outstanding in some way, but one project was a game-changer for Downtown — and the Kansas City skyline.
One Light apartments, the first new construction high-rise apartment tower built in the loop, earned a special judges' recognition not only for the scope and design but for attracting hundreds of residents to Downtown.View Story
December 9, 2015 | KMBC- TV
A vision of high-rise luxury apartments near the Kansas City Power & Light District has become reality with the opening of One Light.
Hundreds of Kansas City residents have already moved into the tower at 50 E. 13th St., drawn by luxury amenities and the promise of spectacular downtown views.View Story
December 9, 2015 | Kansas City Business Journal
Kansas City's One Light celebrated its grand opening in style Tuesday, complete with Quixotic performers, The Kansas City Star reports.
The 25-story luxury apartment tower sits at 13th and Walnut streets in the Kansas City Power & Light District and marks the first new residential tower constructed in or near Downtown since 1976.View Story
December 8, 2015 | The Kansas City Star
Sean O’Byrne, vice president of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, strained to be heard over the party din: “A few years ago, this very spot was the dumpster entrance to the former Jones Store,” he said.
And that, as several speakers noted Tuesday afternoon at the opening celebration for the 25-story One Light apartment tower at 50 E. 13th St., shows how far downtown Kansas City has come.View Story
December 8, 2015 | 41 Action News
The grand opening of One Light in the Power and Light District is happening Tuesday afternoon.
The 25-story apartment tower is the latest addition to the city's skyline.View Story
September 22, 2015 | Kansas City Business Journal
Construction work is coming to a close on the One Light apartment tower, and tenants are expected to start moving in at the end of November.
Nick Benjamin, executive director of The Cordish Co.’s Kansas City Power & Light District, said those who have secured a spot in the 343,000-square-foot luxury apartment complex already should have received move-in notices. Everyone should be moved into the 315-unit building by the end of March. The 25-story, $79 million tower sits at 13th and Walnut streets in Downtown.View Story
May 27, 2015 | The Kansas City Star
Kansas City’s downtown skyline got a tower-topping tree Wednesday morning when city officials gathered at 13th and Walnut streets to celebrate construction of the 25-story One Light apartment building.
The $80 million luxury residential tower, a project of the Cordish Companies, is expected to begin accepting tenants this fall in the 315-unit building.View Story
May 27, 2015 | KMBC.com
A topping-off ceremony helped construction on a luxury high-rise apartment tower in downtown Kansas City pass a key milestone.View Story
May 27, 2015 | Fox 4 News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Construction crews put the final steel beam in place Wednesday on downtown’s newest apartment tower.
About 450 people are expected to live in the new One Light apartment tower when it opens in November.
The Cordish company says about 2,500 people have already expressed interest in living in the luxury high-rise, which is the latest indicator that more people want to be part of downtown’s rebirth by living there.View Story
May 27, 2015 | KSHB 41 Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Power and Light District's "One Light" apartment building achieved a milestone Wednesday morning.
The tower on 13th street between Main and Walnut had its last steel beam installed in a topping-out ceremony.
Business leaders who've had a front seat in the construction process are grateful for the men and women who've built the tower.View Story
February 21, 2015 | Economic Development Corporation
A quick scan across the Kansas City skyline shows evidence of a story that’s unfolding in front of the eyes of people all over the country. In addition to the signature art deco-inspired pylons of The Bartle Hall Convention Center, the graceful curve of the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts, and the iconic Western Auto sign atop the historic loft building, the city is poised to welcome back the art deco Kansas City Power and Light Building and the sleek and modern One Light apartment tower to the Power and Light District.View Story
Jon Copaken: As people and businesses shift back to the heart of Kansas City, downtown’s time is now
February 15, 2015 | The Kansas City Star
Jon Copaken, principal at Copaken Brooks and newly named chairman of the Downtown Council, writes: Companies seeking to tap a broader talent pool and get into the flow of innovation are looking back to downtown. The leaders and influencers who deny that the move to downtown is real — and is even in their best interest — need to ask themselves why the innovative, entrepreneurial companies see it, understand it and are doing it.View Story
January 14, 2015 | The Kansas City Star
Officials with the city and Cordish, developer of the Power & Light District, are talking about a second apartment high-rise to pair with the One Light residential tower under construction at 13th and Walnut streets. One Light is expected to be completed this fall. The new tower, to be called Two Light, would be built on Truman Road between Walnut Street and Grand Boulevard on a site that is now a parking lot with 83 spaces.View Story
December 30, 2014 | KSHB 41 Action News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - To put it simply, Kansas City is on a roll, and the ball should keep rolling in 2015.
"It really seems like the world is discovering Kansas City, because when you make top ten lists for everything from a wonderful and family friendly affordable city, to being a city for hipsters, for foodies, for craft beer, those are all things that are coming together in this really exciting way," Kansas City, Missouri spokesperson Chris Hernandez said.View Story
December 8, 2014 | Fox 4 News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The downtown residential population in KCMO has quadrupled in the last 10 years, and that number continues to grow.View Story
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