CEO Steps Down From Kansas City Development Nonprofit

Frank Ellis speaks at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner in 2012. | Photo courtesy of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Frank Ellis, shown here at a Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce event, is leaving his role at Swope Community Enterprises. | Photo courtesy of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

A nonprofit umbrella group dedicated to rebuilding Kansas City neighborhoods through health care and development services is losing its chief executive. E. Frank Ellis announced that he plans to step away from day-to-day operations as CEO of Swope Community Enterprises.

The announcement comes a month after a report that VanTrust Real Estate LLC will join Swope Community Builders as a co-developer of the stalled redevelopment of Kansas City’s East Village on the edge of Downtown. Swope has been the designated developer of East Village since 2005, but the only project it has completed is a 50-unit affordable apartment project. One reason: The Obama administration omitted funding for a $211 million federal building that Ellis had worked to attract as East Village’s centerpiece.

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