KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE
"Our love for Kansas City is the impetus for this work."
Kansas City holds a special place in our heart. It has become our home. We devote special attention and services to assist in the redevelopment of the Kansas City Urban Core. Promoting Urban Development in KC is our passion and we take great pride in contributing to these many blueprints. I have lived all over the country. From east coast to west coast, from the plains to the dirty south, and now in the center of it all, right here in Kansas City. Since this is our forever home, we decided it was important to give back to the city and community we've grown to love. This was an easy decision because there are so many organizations doing this very thing every day. Organization I admire, work with, and study on a regular basis.
We are especially astute at connecting entrepreneurs to the best groups and organization that can help their business thrive through collaborative strategies. We have great insight into the projects currently going on in the urban core, which gives us a leg up on marketing and business strategies related to urban development and the KC Renaissance. We work closely with city officials and local organizations from the arts to real estate to stay in the know on the latest and greatest going on here in the Kansas City and the metro.
Initiatives and Projects DCG contributes to and supports
The Kansas City Charter School System has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 10 years. There are literally dozens of choices from Elementary, Middle, and High School Programs. We are actively engaged in supporting and continuing this movement to provide a portfolio of quality educational opportunities for Kansas City kids...
DCG continues to support Cultivate KC by providing services that help promote the Urban Farming Movement here in Kansas City. Cultivate KC is everything that is right in an organization looking to transform a city into a trend setting, sustainable, and admirable place to live, work, and FARM!
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ORGANIZATIONS COMMITTED TO MAKE OUR CITY GREAT
The Downtowners is an informal association of Kansas Citians who live, work and/or play in downtown Kansas City. We are dedicated to downtown development and to promoting a positive community spirit. Our monthly luncheon programs feature guest speakers who are involved in downtown’s renaissance that inform and update attendees about the inspirational progress that is transforming our urban core. Recent speakers include public figures such as Mayor Sly James, former Mayor Kay Barnes, City Manager Troy Schulte, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Rachel Hack of Google Fiber, Sasha Victorine of Sporting Innovations, Danny O'Neill of The Roasterie, Bill Dietrich and Sean O'Byrne of the Downtown Council, and many more influential Kansas Citians.
For our speakers we seek out entrepreneurs, artists, politicians and private developers who are active in the rejuvenation of downtown Kansas City. They periodically hold after-hours social events at various downtown venues to highlight and promote our unique city.
The Downtown Council, a nonprofit membership organization, is powered by the leaders, board of directors, committees, affiliated organizations and individuals who are committed to the revitalization and resurgence of Downtown. Without their support and high level of commitment, Downtown would not be evolving into the existing Mecca that it has become. It is their efforts that are helping Downtown Kansas City to reach its full potential.
The Main Street Corridor Development Corporation (MainCor) is the champion and leading community partner of Kansas City's Main Street Corridor working to support commercial, mixed use and residential progress and effective community, economic and aesthetic development that create and encourage the renewal and vitality of Midtown.
It's an exciting time to live in Kansas City! We happily support our hard working, beloved mayor, Sly James. We have a very dedicated, astute, and informed City Council. Our City Manager, Troy Schulte works with passion and zeal to keep the momentum of Kansas City development going strong, as does his county counterpart, County Executive, Mike Sanders. Did I mention we have google fiber? WE HAVE GOOGLE FIBER!
Check out these amazing Kansas City time lapse videos from Sly James.
The Kansas City Area Development Council is a private, non-profit organization. The KCADC is charged with representing the economic interests of the entire two-state, 18-county region of Greater Kansas City. Their mission is to:
- Brand the region as one product to stimulate economic growth.
- Enhance awareness of our metro’s assets to create positive perceptions.
- Promote the region as the business location of choice.
- Position the region competitively against other major metros for the retention, expansion and attraction of jobs and investment.
- Equally support all regional communities.
- Assist companies from outside the region to find the best KC location for their needs.
- Facilitate final negotiations between the company and its selected community.
ArtsKC mission is to advance and support the arts for the benefit of the Kansas City region. Their vision is a vibrant and thriving community, where the arts are valued by and accessible to all. ArtsKC is a not-for-profit organization serving the five-county region; including Clay, Platte and Jackson in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas. They provide programs and services to arts organizations, artists and the business and civic communities aimed at:
- Increasing funding for the arts and culture from diversified and sustainable sources,
- Increasing awareness of the arts and their impact on quality of life issues in our community,
- And establishing the arts as integral to economic development and other key civic and business initiatives.
ArtsKC serves as the voice for the arts community. They connect and support the arts in the community as a means to create transformation. We believe that the arts are a public good and critical to our region’s success. Some of their most well-known programs include; the ArtsKC Fund, Kansas City’s united arts fund,Art@Work, our corporate arts challenge, Now Showing, a program matching local artists looking to show their work in corporate spaces, and Artist, INC., a professional development program for artists.
Watch this video and learn how to become involved!
The Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association markets the Greater Kansas City area as a favored destination for visitors and conventions. The CVA is a non-profit, 501(c) 6 organization. The CVA is supported by a full-time staff of 39.
The CVA is committed to promoting and elevating Kansas City's status as a prime spot for conventions, meetings, tour groups, business travel and leisure travel. The CVA's primary source of funding is tax on hotel/motel occupancy within the incorporated boundaries of Kansas City, Mo. The ordinance creating this tax provides that the proceeds are to be used in the percentage set forth for operation of the CVA. The CVA's budget is greatly enhanced by private funds raised through a variety of sources, including membership subscriptions, advertising participation and in-kind services.
The CVA is supported by a membership of 2,200 businesses involved in supporting the local hospitality community. CVA members represent a wide business sector, including hotels, attractions, restaurants, transportation companies and others.
The CVA was initially formed in 1918 as the hospitality arm of the Chamber of Commerce. On June 20, 1966, the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association was incorporated independently as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Missouri. It is a marketing and service organization which is engaged on an annual basis by the City of Kansas City, Mo.
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