Help is just a #KC tweet away during All-Star Week.

Joe Cox

You can give Siri a short summer vacation during All-Star Week. Got a question? Just tweet #KC. Or ask @VisitKC. A dedicated group of Kansas Citians is standing by to answer.

Kansas City’s first social-media command center is being set up to answer queries in real time during the five days of festivities. Need to know where to park? No problem. Looking for a hotel reservation? They know where you can sleep. Hungry? Here’s your open-table data.

Joe Cox, the outgoing president of Social Media Club Kansas City and Barkley’s director of social media, likens the command center’s volunteers to old-school switchboard operators. The goal is to improve not just the All-Star Week experience but also the Kansas City experience.

“We are going to be the ears and mouthpiece for Kansas City,” Cox says. “This is not about the All-Star Game. The Royals have that covered. This is about the experience coming in and visiting.”

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