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.

Our Purpose

To achieve a shared vision of regional prosperity for all by aligning and accelerating community efforts for the greatest impact.

When We Come Together

KC Rising 14 Counties

14 Counties        

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

Conversations that were not happening before are now happening…

— University of Kansas Chancellor Doug Girod

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What does KC Rising do?

Advocate

for outcomes, publicly and privately

Act

when necessary, when gaps exist

Amplify

community efforts for the greatest impact

Accelerate

a future of inclusive regional prosperity

Align

regional assets and initiatives to those priorities

What do participants get?

Connection

to others working to the same ends

Consensus

on aligning regional assets and initiatives

Celebration

of accomplishments

Building KC Rising with

Venue

We are a venue where ideas can come to plan and develop our future

Voice

We are a voice to amplify all other initiatives that meet our core goals

Our Shared Vision of
Regional Prosperity

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.“

Hubert Benetiz
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.“

Megan Segura
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.“

Silas Dulan
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.“

Sonia Hall
President & CEO, BioKansas

Metrics
Framework

Horizon Goals

Growing the Economy, Including Everyone

Compared to benchmark metros

Pillar Metrics

Progress toward the 7 shared vision pillars of prosperity

Comparing our progress over time

Strategy Metrics

Related to community efforts that we are trying to amplify

Monitoring and celebrating success over time

Trendline Metrics

Our Benchmark Metros
Austin, Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville, Denver, Indianapolis, Columbus, Portland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati

Change in Migration

Net Migration

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.

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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.

Questions for KC Rising

Questions for KC Rising

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