What We Do
Amplifying Community Efforts
KC Rising formed in 2015 to help KC grow faster and more intentionally. It is business-led, metrics-based and long-term focused. KC’s businesses are positioned to lead this charge by nurturing partnerships and cultivating innovation.
We amplify community efforts by aligning corporations, foundations, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions, human services groups, civic leaders, and other members of the public square, accelerating a future of inclusive regional prosperity.
To achieve a shared vision of regional prosperity for all by aligning and accelerating community efforts for the greatest impact.
When We Come Together
How does a 14-county metropolitan area, separated by state line, with proud histories in every town that both set a foundation and cast shadows, come together to get something done to address our challenges and capitalize on our opportunities?
We bring together the Stewards of the Public Square = Business, Education, Government, Human Service.
When we come together, it is amazing.
Distinct, but not Disconnected
What does KC Rising do?
for outcomes, publicly and privately
when necessary, when gaps exist
community efforts for the greatest impact
a future of inclusive regional prosperity
regional assets and initiatives to those priorities
What do participants get?
to others working to the same ends
on aligning regional assets and initiatives
Building KC Rising with
We are a venue where ideas can come to plan and develop our future
We are a voice to amplify all other initiatives that meet our core goals
Our Shared Vision of
Amplify & Accelerate
efforts for greatest impact
Traded Sectors Driving Committee
”The charge of this committee, focused on regional economic recovery strategy, is of utmost importance to Kansas City, the University, and the constituents we serve. As the nation and city enters this new post-pandemic area, it is imperative that all sectors and industries participate in discourse that will define where Kansas City will be uniquely positioned to compete regionally, nationally and globally.“
President & CEO, St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences
Why did you join KC Rising?
”There is so much potential for growth in the KC region, and I’m happy to use my own personal knowledge, skills, life experience and passion to help KC Rising. Strategizing and executing the best ideas to further our community’s future is how I can help contribute to our shared vision of prosperity for ALL.“
Director of Special Projects, KCADC
For the Love of Kansas City
”I believe in Kansas City. With that, I am humbled to be a part of an organization that is set-out to make a great city even better.“
Director of Diversity Equity Inclusion, Evergy
Why did you join KC Rising?
”I joined KC Rising as a volunteer because for individuals and organizations committed to driving change to increase prosperity and equity within the Kansas City region, there’s no greater partner than KC Rising. Their visionary leadership and broad-reaching collaborative network enable us to maximize the region’s creative and intellectual capacity to realize the change we all want to see.“
President & CEO, BioKansas
Growing the Economy, Including Everyone
Compared to benchmark metros
Comparing our progress over time
Related to community efforts that we are trying to amplify
Monitoring and celebrating success over time
Our Benchmark Metros
Austin, Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville, Denver, Indianapolis, Columbus, Portland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati
Change in Net Migration per 1000 Population 2012-2019. Overall, from a percent change perspective, Kansas City is at the benchmark metro average.
GDP Per Job
Percent Change since 2012 through 2018. However, the percent change in productivity for benchmark metros has recently surpassed Kansas City.
Percent of Workers in Self-Sufficient Households
Change since 2012 through 2018. The percent change of workers in self-sufficient households in benchmark metros are accelerating faster than that of Kansas City.
Average Housing Wealth
Black percent of white change since 2012. While the average black white wealth gap generally worsened – the change has been steeper in Kansas City.
Facts & Figures
We desire top-level metrics that are more responsive, that suggest actions to take, that incorporate place and inclusion more directly.
In short, our goal is to grow the economy for everyone.