News & Updates

Stay in-the-know with KC Rising

Read up on the latest news and updates from KC Rising. Explore a wide range of topics including Economic Recovery, Small Business Support, Talent Development and more.

News & Updates

Stay in-the-know with KC Rising

Read up on the latest news and updates from KC Rising. Explore a wide range of topics including Economic Recovery, Small Business Support, Talent Development and more.

Connect with the Shared Vision

Connect with the Shared Vision

You are invited to join the movement! You can download a Pillar badge (or multiple pillar badges) and add it to your organization’s materials or website. This guide will walk you through how to use the downloadable badges as well as an aligned KC Rising logo.

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Expand Social Capital and Connections

Expand Social Capital and Connections

The Working for Youth initiative was a featured effort that provides summer work experiences to youth, ages 14 to 18, who live east of Troost Avenue. This effort was supported by 33 community partners and led by a coalition of three nonprofits (Hire KC, Entrepreneurship KC and KC Common Good). The experience focused on building students’ work experience and expanding their professional networks, helping to set them up for success in pursuing career opportunities.

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Invest in the Next Generation

Invest in the Next Generation

KC Scholars is recruiting individuals from a variety of backgrounds to spend approximately 20 hours reviewing scholarship applications mid-March to early April. KC Scholars will need more than 200 community members to review essays and recommendations. This is a great way to become part of a movement in KC to help more Kansas Citians go to and complete college.

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KC is Leading in the Recovery

KC is Leading in the Recovery

By the 3rd quarter of 2013, half of all United States metro areas had recovered all the jobs lost during the Great Recession (Prosperity at a Crossroads.) When compared to cities of similar size, KC was one of only four metro areas in its peer group still in the red in terms of post-recession employment.

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What is Industry 4.0?

What is Industry 4.0?

We are in the 4th Industrial Revolution – or Industry 4.0. In 2016, the World Economic Forum predicted that in 10 to 15 years automation, robotics, and machine learning would have completely transformed manufacturing and many other industries.

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Identify Where the Puck is Going

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,...

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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.

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Connect with the Shared Vision

Horizon 2021

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...

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Benchmark Metros

Benchmark Metros

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...

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