The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's "Big 5" initiatives aim to improve the Kansas City area. | Photo courtesy of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

KC Chamber Assesses Progress On ‘Big 5’ Initiatives



The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's "Big 5" initiatives aim to improve the Kansas City area. | Photo courtesy of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's "Big 5" initiatives aim to improve the Kansas City area. | Photo courtesy of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

A new investment group, dubbed FlyOver Capital and composed of a half-dozen wealthy, anonymous private investors, has pledged more than $25 million for a new entrepreneurial investment pool in Kansas City. The fund to help startup companies is one of several multi-million-dollar commitments associated with the Big 5 initiatives that were first established two years ago by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

A panel of 10 business, civic and academic leaders talked about the successes at a chamber event Thursday. Those included a previously announced $20 million gift to help create a downtown arts campus for students and the recently announced $75 million grant toward a medical research facility. The goals are: make Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city; create a regional translational medical research institute; build on the existing “animal health corridor” by holding a world symposium on animal health; move UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance from the main campus to downtown Kansas City.

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