Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Kansas City Metropolitan Economy

The KC Rising Data and Analytics Resource Team has produced a forecast of the KC regional economy in wake of COVID-19 using Moody’s Analytic

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DeBruce Foundation Essential Skills Report

DeBruce Foundation Essential Skills Report

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...

Economic Crisis

Economic Crisis

The current economic crisis has affected everyone. However, there has been uneven or disparate impact where some populations have been harder hit: Latinos were hardest hit by the economic shutdown initially, then saw the quickest improvement. Though this has stalled....

Economic Recovery

Economic Recovery

From 2015-2019, the cumulative job-creating impact of small business was roughly 75,000 jobs, accounting for 57 percent of all new jobs and about 7 percent of the total employment in the Kansas City metro area. The unemployment rate was just over 3 percent in December...

Experiential Learning Landscape Analysis

Experiential Learning Landscape Analysis

This report was commissioned by the KC Chamber, Civic Council, Mid-America Regional Council, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and KC Rising in order to understand experiential learning opportunities in the Kansas City metro area. The findings help us better...

Kansas City Innovation District Study

Kansas City Innovation District Study

Innovation districts are campuses that seek to bring together entrepreneurs, education institutions, students and corporations to spark unique collaborations that result in economic activity. Identified as a needed initiative by the KC Rising Ideas & Innovation...

Talent-to-Industry Exchange (TIE)

Talent-to-Industry Exchange (TIE)

The Talent-to-Industry Exchange (TIE) concept was introduced in 2016 as a KC Rising strategy to improve the labor supply in key industry sectors, growing the human capital necessary to attract and retain companies in the Kansas City region. TIE reports provide an...

Prosperity at a Crossroads

Prosperity at a Crossroads

This research study conducted by Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and Mid America Regional Council (MARC) was the source material for the creation of KC Rising in 2015. The report’s conclusions were galvanizing: the Kansas City region was lagging behind its...

KC Rising Talks Unique Concentration of Talent with Grill Nation

KC Rising Talks Unique Concentration of Talent with Grill Nation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new community-backed $5 million small business relief loan fund was launched today by AltCap, supported by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (KC Chamber), the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), the Civic...

8Qs with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Darcy Howe

8Qs with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Darcy Howe

Hear from Darcy A. Howe, Managing Director, KC Rise Fund and Co-Chair of the KC Rising Ideas Work Group on how she helps business and civic leaders figure out how to grow the regional economy at a faster clip. Read more.

KC Rising Talks Unique Concentration of Talent with Grill Nation

KC Rising Talks Unique Concentration of Talent with Grill Nation

Tune in to the Grill Nation Show Saturday, April 27th at 4 p.m. CST/5 p.m. EST/ 2 p.m. PST on 980 AM. KC Rising vice president and director Sheri Gonzales, Shook, Hardy & Bacon partner John Murphy and JE Dunn Chief People Officer, Lesley Elwell will join host...