In 2016, KC Rising released the Common Sector Competencies report, clarifying the skills valued by employers to help teachers and school districts align teaching and learning with the demands of the workplace. Many schools embraced the Common Sector Competencies, and teachers put into practice instruction to build and enhance these skills. As implementation grew, educators asked for help in prioritizing the 23 Common Sector Competencies.

Representatives from industry and education worked with learners to further refine and clarify the competencies. As part of that collaborative effort, a research team from the Urban Education Research Center convened young professionals who had entered the workplace in the previous one to five years to provide real world feedback on what it takes to enter and succeed in the world of work. They confirmed six categories of competencies as Essential Skills.

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KC is Leading in the Recovery

KC is Leading in the Recovery

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What is Industry 4.0?

What is Industry 4.0?

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Identify Where the Puck is Going

At Horizon 2021, we announced Biologics as a next sector strategy for KC Rising. A next sector is an emerging industry for the KC region and has growth potential in global markets. To identify where the puck is going and how to position KC to lead in this sector,...

What’s Next? KC Global Design is leading the way.

What’s Next? KC Global Design is leading the way.

KC Global Design is a collective of leading design firms based in the Kansas City region. Home to more than 500 architecture, engineering, and construction firms, including some of the most significant firms in the building industry, Kansas City truly is the world champion of design. KC Global Design focuses in on three primary areas – awareness, talent, and innovation – to promote this message. KC Global Design was an initial effort of #KCRising to elevate traded sectors where KC is competitive in the global marketplace.

Horizon 2021

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Wow – the excitement from Horizon 2021 is still in the air! When asked to use a single word to describe the Shared Vision, participants told us they feel: Inspired. Excited. Motivated. Energized. Purposeful. Proud. One participant said, “We NEED this positive infusion...

Playing to Our Strengths in Traded Sectors

Playing to Our Strengths in Traded Sectors

Innovation is a key factor to a growing economy, and there are a variety of ways to measure its impact. From investment of venture capital and number of startups and their growth to patents and peer-reviewed scientific articles all are  measures of innovation....

Benchmark Metros

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How do we really know if the Kansas City metro is advancing  economically? We measure it. KC Rising created the Horizon Goals metrics framework to measure the economic progress of our region, providing insight and action to grow the economy for everyone.  These...

Horizon Goals

Horizon Goals

According to respondents of a recent evaluation, KC Rising is in a unique position to: Point out opportunities and areas for improvement. Start important, community-wide conversations in the region. Establish benchmarks. Articulate a shared vision in a way that others...

Economic Crisis

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