On Monday afternoon, about 200 people gathered to hear plans for continued improvement of Kansas City’s economic growth and global competitiveness, presented by KC Rising.
KC Rising, which was introduced five years ago as a marketing effort to publicize that the Kansas City area was primed for growth, introduced their research and groundwork behind their plans for the region to build on its existing strengths.
Now, the group, along with the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Mid-America Regional Council and the Kansas City Civic Council, will move from research to implementation. Three specific actions were announced Monday:
- Convene members from the area’s engineering, architecture and construction companies to pinpoint their needs and build a structure to fill the pipeline with workforce talent and financing to help them grow and be globally competitive.
- Introduce a KCRise Fund to encourage co-investing with institutional venture capital investors in early-stage companies in the Kansas City area.
- Create “talent-to-industry exchanges,” or TIE groups, to bring together business, labor, education and economic development leaders.
KC Rising organizers say plans will succeed if concentrated attention vaults the area into the top 10 of its 30 selected peer cities.
Read more: Kansas City Star