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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Every year the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation conducts a survey to evaluate the quality of life for residents in the Kansas City region. After survey responses are collected, an analysis is conducted and shared with the community at large. The Mid – America Regional Council collaborated on the analysis in 2017 and created a dashboard for 2019 – 2020. For the 2021 survey, Kauffman partnered with Global Strategy Group and created the following dashboard. In addition, KC Rising worked collaboratively with Kauffman on producing an analysis comparing 2020 (pre-pandemic) to May 2021.

Kauffman Quality of Life Survey

Every year the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation conducts a survey to evaluate the quality of life for residents in the Kansas City region. After survey responses are collected, an analysis is conducted and shared with the community at large. The Mid – America Regional Council collaborated on the analysis in 2017 and created a dashboard for 2019 – 2020. For the 2021 survey, Kauffman partnered with Global Strategy Group and created the following dashboard. In addition, KC Rising worked collaboratively with Kauffman on producing an analysis comparing 2020 (pre-pandemic) to May 2021.

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The Women Business Collaborative

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