Tech group KCnext changes name, parts ways with KCADC

As part of its ongoing effort to attract top tech talent to the Kansas City area, KCnext is changing its name and breaking away from its parent organization.

KCnext will now be called the KC Tech Council, and it will end its affiliation with the Kansas City Area Development Council. Ryan Weber, president of the KC Tech Council, addressed these changes in an email to the group’s members, partners and sponsors on Friday.

“After lengthy discussions with our Board of Directors and members, we decided the time is right to end our affiliation with the Kansas City Area Development Council and operate as a fully independent entity focused more directly on workforce development, policy advocacy and industry access,” Weber said in the email.

The organization will continue to address workforce development issues and work with private and public partners on policies conducive to economic growth, Weber said in the email. The KC Tech Council also will continue to host networking events, a staple of KCnext’s offerings.

The organization is relocating its headquarters to the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.


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