Landon H. Rowland

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  • Money in Politics - Hiding in Plain Sight, Committee for Economic Development (CED), July 24, 2013

Today we have heard the results of a CED sponsored national nonpartisan survey of corporate managers and officers about their on-going concerns and opposition to the money in politics regime which infects American political life, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision. This latest survey continues and confirms the CED’s prior surveys addressing this issue with remarkably similar results. Each survey expresses the disdain of corporate officers and executives for the over-use of money in politics. More here ...

  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 27th Annual George Washington Celebration, 23 February 2013.

Sons and Daughters of the Revolution, you are the leaders in the search for reconnection with our abiding revolution and its origins.  All of the rest of us are victims and beneficiaries of our relatives, “relations”, and their hunt for ancestors, the search for our earliest antecedents on these shores and for their success as revolutionaries.  Your charter accommodates those of us who want to embrace and extend our shared legacy from a community of founders – including all adopted children of physical founders of the Revolution.  In fact, we are all adopted children of the Revolution; their constitutional pedigree is within us all.  More here ....

  • Kansas City Railroads: Heart of America Infrastructure. Kansas City Public Library as part of the Missouri Valley Sunday series on March 18, 2012 and at the William C. Corum Chapter of the National Sons of the American Revolution at William Jewell College on April 14, 2012.

These remarks are intended to present one perspective on the place of railroads in Kansas City’s history and its economic development.  Other events and personalities and railroads are described in that history but there is emphasis on the role of the KCSI and its founder.  Both ensured Kansas City’s unique importance in a national, now international, infrastructure of commerce.  It is not too much to say that without the two the geographical advantages of the heart of America would not have been realized.  Pathways to the several seas from our deepest national interiors have been from our founding a constant objective.  Arthur Stilwell and KCS helped us achieve it, and you will hear of their success. More here..

  • Charles N. Kimball: A Mentor to the Community, Spring 2011 Kimball Lecture, April 21, 2011

A coach gave a direction to his players before they started each contest: “You are the luckiest people in the world, you are capable of great things, go out there and make something happen.” He might have borrowed this formula from Charlie Kimball, except Charlie’s instruction was to all of us and to all of Kansas City. Today we honor his 100th birthday and that instruction. More here..

  • The Independant Judiciary and economic Development, Remarks prepared for Eighth Circut Judicial Conference, Chicago, Illinois, August 15, 2009.

Several years ago state and local Bar Associations and the Committee for Economic Development sought support from the “business community” for the independent judiciary and its view that the independent judiciary is essential to the “rule of law” and economic development.  The several tasks of the “business community” have been to ensure the function of the independent judiciary through attention to judicial selection and judicial compensation and benefits.  From a business perspective the focus has been on the controlling influence of judicial infrastructure and the rule of law to ensure economic development and progress here and around the world. More here..

  • Official Innovations: Enhanced Roles and Economic Mission of U.S. Army. Remarks prepared for the First Russian Innovation Conference, Moscow, March 25-26, 2009

Innovation can be attributed to the radical restatement of the roles and mission of the United States Army, announced in June 2008 and formally publiched in October 2008. This restatement not only is "new" for the Army and its service partners, but it also embraces the operations and resources of all U.S. Agencies. More here..

  • The Last Hurrah for the Gilded Age: The 1917 Nationalization of U.S. Railroads, Remarks prepared for World War I Museum, November 29, 2008.

The nationalization of U.S. railroads in World War I was a part of a larger scheme of institutional and governance innovation captured in the phrases “total mobilization” and “war socialism” and “war collectivism”.  There were certainly antecedents and precedents that figured in the nationalization of U.S. railroads, but all were merged into the nationalization experience compelled by the momentum of the Great War. More here..

  • Memorial Tribute to Herman A. Johnson, February 21, 2004

Herman Johnson was a modest man. But, he would be pleased by the “clouds of witness” which have celebrated him in the days since he died. He would be smiling on all who knew him and cared about him and his causes. More here..

  • Memorial Tribute to Dorothy Hodge Johnson, July 13, 2004

You are the last of the faithful witnesses to the lives of Dorothy Johnson and the two men, Dowdal Davis and Herman Johnson, she made great. Each of us in this room probably knows how powerful the influence of a woman like Dorothy can be in the life of an unworthy, marginally capable man. More here..

  • Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, Kansas City, February 23, 2000

In 1953 President Eisenhower started the National Prayer Breakfast – a “fellowship in the spirit of Jesus”.  Its mission, at a time when war with the Soviets seemed imminent and disastrous, was to pray for peace. Prayers for world peace had a special urgency at this time.  More here..

  • William Jewell Commencement, May 12, 1996

A Local Coach and Is GOD in the Web - Performers and athletes usually take the stage or the field with last words from the director or coach.  One of our local teams takes to the field with a message from its coach.   It always ends the same way:  "we are the luckiest people in the world; we are capable of good things; make something happen." More here ...

  • Business Leaders Luncheon, Washburn University, April 12, 1988

The Cornucopia Problem - Managing in the Age of Plenty: Provides a reflection on a few problems now facing managers and leaders of organizations. Is intended to refresh our perspective about the source of many of the operational challenges there managers and leaders must deal with. More here..