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A Strategic Blueprint for the City’s Future

The city of Kansas City, Missouri’s AdvanceKC initiative was launched in the fall of 2011 to determine how Kansas City, Missouri can effectively use its competitive assets to grow its economy to the fullest potential. Over the course of 18 months, city and community leaders worked with a consulting team to exhaustively analyze the city’s competitive advantages, role, purpose, structure, future, and how a stronger Kansas City can benefit the region as a whole.

This detailed work has produced a competitive snapshot and a strategic plan. The competitive snapshot summarizes Kansas City’s economic position compared to other cities, using facts and evidence. The strategic plan presents what Kansas City needs to do to attract and retain jobs and talent, making it an even better place to live and work for today’s generations and those to come. Every geographic area in the city will benefit from the AdvanceKC strategies.

The City Council adopted AdvanceKC by ordinance as Kansas City’s strategic plan in November 2012, signaling the official launch of the AdvanceKC implementation phase. In the weeks and months to come, the public and private leaders who helped shape the strategy will continue to meet to discuss the priority steps necessary to start AdvanceKC off on the right foot. Top priorities include building awareness and support of the Advance KC process among the public and implementation partners, and redefining economic development in the city by creating a holistic approach to it through the lens of 10 defined AdvanceKC strategies. This first phase of implementation is expected to last through the end of the calendar year 2013.

The AdvanceKC strategy doesn’t “reinvent the wheel” or create new initiatives if there are already efforts in place. Rather, it incorporates the best existing strategies along with new efforts into a single, coordinated plan, in association with key stakeholders and new partnerships from across the city.

Join us as we move forward to turn the promise of AdvanceKC into reality for today’s Kansas Citians and generations to come.

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