KC Rising - One Shared Vision for Regional Prosperity
presented by Sheri Gonzales & John Murphy, KC Rising
The mission of KC Rising is to achieve a shared vision of regional prosperity for all by aligning and accelerating community efforts for greatest impact.
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.