Our Shared Vision for Regional Prosperity
In 2014, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and the Brookings Institution researched the Kansas City region’s economic status coming out of the Great Recession. The ensuing “Prosperity at a Crossroads” report found the Kansas City region was not progressing out of the recession as quickly as some of its metropolitan peers. Energized by this challenge, the business and civic community came together to create a long-term vision to accelerate the Kansas City region’s economic growth.
KC Rising is a regional, long-term initiative to build collaborative scale, create system alignment, promote public-private partnerships and leverage existing initiatives in support of realizing Kansas City’s potential. Each year, KC Rising measures Kansas City's progress against the 15 metros areas just above us in population and the 15 metro areas below. The goal is for Kansas City to rank in the top 10 of these 30 peer metro regions on three measures: gross metropolitan product, median household income, and number of quality jobs.
To accomplish this, KC Rising relies on a distributed implementation model, allowing for a multitude of leaders and teams to work independently of each other on a variety of initiatives. Guided by a steering committee composed of business and education leaders, as well as regional elected officials, KC Rising concentrates its efforts on three economic drivers: Trade, Ideas and People. The work of these economic drivers takes into account the economic enablers of Place, Policy and Inclusion. These efforts are directed by three KC Rising Leadership Teams: Globally Competitive Sectors, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Human Capital.
KC Rising is resourced through the work of more than a hundred volunteers. In addition, staffing and financial resources for KC Rising are provided by the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, KC Area Development Council, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce.
Please visit the KC Rising website to learn more: www.kcrising.com