Ensure that Greater Kansas City can develop, attract and retain the talent needed to increase the region’s pace of innovation and sustain inclusive growth.
The increasing diversity of Greater Kansas City’s workforce poses opportunities to inform and create non-traditional approaches to developing the human capital necessary to meet global demands.
- Maintain the region’s higher than national average college graduation rate.
- Improve racial disparities in degree attainment, particularly increasing the attainment of bachelor degrees for blacks and Hispanics.
- Improve pay gaps between ethnic groups in the region.
- Improve the region’s ability to meet the demand for educated workers, especially in STEM-related fields.
- Improve the in-migration of educated professionals from outside of the KC region.
Work Group Chair
- Madeline Romious – Regional Vice President of External Affairs, AT&T Missouri
- Brian Gardner – Vice President and General Counsel, Hallmark
Talent to Industry Exchange (TIE)
TIEs are replicable public/private partnerships that bring industry and education groups together to solve workforce challenges. TIEs will harness the expertise of leaders in business, labor, education, economic development and other sectors, providing one comprehensive approach to talent development.
KC Degrees provides access to adults who aspire to complete a college degree by engaging various parts of the community to align resources, remove barriers, and create new pathways.
Talent Toolkit | Powered by TeamKC: Life+Talent
The Talent Toolkit offers lifestyle marketing tools and tips to compliment regional companies in their efforts to attract top talent to Kansas City.
KC Scholars is designed to increase the number of post-secondary degrees in the greater KC metro by providing scholarships and college completion support to traditional students and adult learners. In addition, it supports college savings starting at 9th grade.
Gateways KC supports the integration of new American citizens into the regional workforce creating an understanding of the economic value of immigrants, and ensuring employers are welcoming and culturally competent. In particular, the program is focused on the attraction of foreign students, particularly in hard-to-fill STEM areas, and keep them in the region after graduation.
Gradforce KC supports postsecondary education that prepares graduates for jobs in high-demand fields by bringing businesses and educational institutions together. In partnership with the Lumina Foundation, the KC region offering technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding and the ability to customize degree plans that will best suit our community’s needs.