Preparations underway for visit by President Obama

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Preparations are underway in Kansas City for a visit by President Barack Obama.

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The President is scheduled to stop by Smith Electric Vehicles Thursday afternoon.

You can watch his speech scheduled at 12:30 p.m. LIVE right here on

“Clearly it's a big event. I don't know that you would ever estimate the amount of time and energy spent between security and planning. But it's been great,” says Smith Electric CEO Bryan Hansel.

The company’s assembly plant is located near Kansas City International Airport. They manufacture an all electric delivery truck. Their customers include Frito lay, AT&T and Coca-Cola.

In March, the company received a $32 million grant from the Department of Energy to produce more of the trucks.

That is part of the reason President Obama chose the plant to give a speech about the economy.

“What we've been able to do is take some recovery dollars, invest it in a business, create 50 jobs so far and growing every day. But not only do that but we are really starting an industry,” says Hansel.

Six intersections in downtown Kansas City will be closed to traffic Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during Obama's visit. The affected intersections will include:

  • 11th and Broadway
  • 12th and Broadway
  • 11th and Central
  • 12th and Central
  • 11th and Wyandotte
  • 12th and Wyandotte

Other roads may be closed throughout the downtown area, but not for an extended period of time.

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