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 economic peers coming out of the Great Recession and successful communities were articulating plans to advance the economic drivers of traded sectors, innovation and human capital.

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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,...

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...