In 2014, the regional Kansas City business community came together to launch a promise: create a sustainable 20-year+ vision to accelerate the Kansas City region’s economic growth. Following a two year planning process, today, the KC Rising mission is driven by progress toward three measurable outcomes:
To be in the Top 10 of our peer metros in …
- Quality jobs
- Gross Metropolitan Product
- Median Household Income
Review KC Rising metrics and current rankings.
|15 Larger Metros||15 Smaller Metros|
|Seattle-Tacoma, WA||Cleveland, OH|
|Minneapolis-St Paul, MN||Columbus, OH|
|San Diego, CA||Austin, TX|
|Tampa-St Petersburg, FL||Indianapolis, IN|
|Denver, CO||San Jose, CA|
|St Louis, MO||Nashville, TN|
|Baltimore, MD||Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA|
|Charlotte, NC||Providence, RI|
|Portland, OR||Milwaukee, WI|
|Orlando, FL||Jacksonville, FL|
|San Antonio, TX||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Pittsburgh, PA||Memphis, TN|
|Sacramento, CA||Louisville, KY|
|Cincinnati, OH||Raleigh-Durham, NC|
|Las Vegas, NV||Richmond, VA|
- To ensure the KC region’s job and economic output growth is keeping pace with peer cities.
- Improve median household income to overcome two decades of sluggish growth.
- Meet local demand for educated workers, especially in STEM-related fields.
- Increase net exports as a share of the region’s economy, especially through improved commercialization and firm growth in innovation sectors and industries.
Four planning groups comprised of business and civic leadership from across the two-state region:
- Steering Committee
- Globally Competitive Sectors Work Group: TRADE
- Innovation & Entrepreneurship Work Group: IDEAS
- Human Capital Work Group: PEOPLE
Board Member, Great Plains Energy and Chief Human Resources Advisor
Chairman, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
President of NGL & Crude, Crestwood Midstream Partners LP
Supported by coordinated leadership from