The following represents KC Rising’s 2022 – 2023 strategic priorities. 

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Project LEAD to Move the Needle on Systemic Racism in the Workplace

Project LEAD to Move the Needle on Systemic Racism in the Workplace

“What can the business community do?”
That was the question the KC Chamber Board of Directors asked in response to the calls for social justice stemming from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The Board’s African American members met and determined five areas of focus: education, employment, access to capital, law enforcement reform, and professional development. Subcommittees were formed for Board members to work on each of those issues.

Connectivity and Digital Equity Report

Connectivity and Digital Equity Report

Access to the internet has become a fundamental asset that all Kansas City area households require in achieving economic prosperity. A recent study by KC Rising highlighted the increased importance for all households to have a reliable, affordable connection and computer devices for access to education, employment and health. The COVID-19 pandemic made this need more urgent, with over 100,000 area households currently without broadband subscriptions and computer devices to enable these meaningful uses. While many neighborhoods and communities show high numbers of households with internet subscriptions and devices, many urban core neighborhoods, small outlying communities, and rural areas lack such access.

Kansas City’s Future Global Biologics Hub to be Built on a Foundation of Cooperation

Kansas City’s Future Global Biologics Hub to be Built on a Foundation of Cooperation

“No one is in charge of entrepreneurship.” – this quote, attributed to Professor Scott Stern in a May 16th blog, became the motto for faculty facilitating the MIT REAP Cohort 9. With no single party in charge, the government, existing corporations, entrepreneurs, venture capital and universities have a vital role. They cooperated, supported each other, and were willing to let everyone (and no one) be in charge.

Kansas City To Create Global Biologics Hub As Part Of Acceptance To Prestigious MIT Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program

Kansas City To Create Global Biologics Hub As Part Of Acceptance To Prestigious MIT Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program

(Kansas City, MO – May 16, 2022) – Building on prior life science success in human and animal health, Kansas City is creating the most inclusive biologics hub for the development, production and distribution of biologics as part of its acceptance to the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP). Kansas City was selected as part of the Heartland Civic Collaborative, working with Des Moines, Omaha, and St. Louis to be a global life science destination.

Together we are Making a Shared Vision Reality

Together we are Making a Shared Vision Reality

Led by the Downtown Council (DTC), business, civic, and neighborhood leaders joined together over the last two years to imagine the future of greater Downtown Kansas City. With the guidance of the steering committee chair, Warren Erdman, Kansas City Southern, the planning process attracted both long-time stakeholders and emerging voices across greater Downtown to work together.

Growing the Region through a Focus on Downtown

Growing the Region through a Focus on Downtown

Led by the Downtown Council (DTC), business, civic, and neighborhood leaders joined together over the last two years to imagine the future of greater Downtown Kansas City. With the guidance of the steering committee chair, Warren Erdman, Kansas City Southern, the planning process attracted both long-time stakeholders and emerging voices across greater Downtown to work together.

Building the Capital Infrastructure

Building the Capital Infrastructure

Small businesses and their employees are the fabric of our community – they’re our friends and neighbors, and the focus at AltCap. When the pandemic and early talks of economic shutdowns threatened the livelihoods of our small business owners and entrepreneurs, Alt-Cap stepped in.

Metrics are our Rallying Cry

Metrics are our Rallying Cry

KC Rising measures the progress of the Greater Kansas City metro in comparison to other metros of similar size who are doing better than we are – aspirational benchmark metros. As we improve overtime, moving up and to the right, then KC is rising.

HeART Brings Us Together

HeART Brings Us Together

There’s something majestic about outdoor art. Against landscapes or cityscapes, sculpture can take on an entirely new life. It is used to commemorate, celebrate, remember, unite, engage, and define the outdoor space it occupies. Al fresco, art is at its most accessible.