Research reports and public statements relating to the Civic Council's work in the community




SchoolSmartKC Releases $750k to Address the Digital Divide in Kansas City
Civic Council members partnered with area foundations to contribute to SchoolSmartKC's  KC School's Technology and Connectivity Access Fund.
September 25, 2020 

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Kansas City Metropolitan Economy
The KC Rising Data and Analytics Resource Team has produced a forecast of the KC regional economy in wake of COVID-19 using Moody's Analytic
May 29, 2020

Presentation of Return Safe KC back-to-the-workplace protocols [video: 60 mins]

Leaders of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber, Kansas City Area Development Council and Mid-America Regional Council provide an overview of the Return to Work KC guide for area businesses. The Zoom webinar concludes with audience Q&A.
April 29, 2020

Safe Return KC Guide

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber, Mid-America Regional Council and Kansas City Area Development Council reviewed numerous guidance issued by public authorities on the local, state and federal level about returning to the workplace after stay-at-home and other COVID-19 related orders limiting business and other activities are lifted.  This guide is intended to be a starting point for businesses seeking to responsibly reopen their places of work.  We offer it to our members and the larger business community as a resource to complement other guidance and necessary business practices.
April 29, 2020

Survey results of Kansas City-area banking leaders on impact of COVID-19, a collaborative effort to the Civic Council, KC Chamber and KCADC
April 20, 2020

Survey results of Kansas City-area businesses on impact of COVID-19, a collaboration of the Civic Council, KC Chamber, KCADC and the States of Kansas and Missouri.
March 30, 2020

Experiential Learning Landscape Analysis

This report was commissioned by the KC Chamber, Civic Council, Mid-America Regional Council, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and KC Rising in order to understand experiential learning opportunities in the Kansas City metro area. The findings help us better understanding gaps and opportunities to support career readiness for all students, and creates a framework for engagement that is being moved forward by the regional Real-World Learning effort and the KC Rising People Driving Committee. A list of identified community assets is available at and information about how business can get involved is available at
October 2019

Kansas City Innovation District Study

Innovation districts are campuses that seek to bring together entrepreneurs, education institutions, students and corporations to spark unique collaborations that result in economic activity. Identified as a needed initiative by the KC Rising Ideas & Innovation Leadership Team, the Civic Council helped fund a study to assess the potential strengths, challenges and necessary next steps for a new innovation district in Kansas City. 

Talent-to-Industry Exchange (TIE)

The Talent-to-Industry Exchange (TIE) concept was introduced in 2016 as a KC Rising strategy to improve the labor supply in key industry sectors, growing the human capital necessary to attract and retain companies in the Kansas City region.  TIE reports provide an in-depth analysis of an industry's workforce needs.  
 - Skilled Trades
 TIE Report (January 2019)
 - KC Global Design TIE Report (May 2018)
 - Life Sciences TIE Report (February 2017)
January 2019

Prosperity at a Crossroads

This research study conducted by Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and Mid America Regional Council (MARC) was the source material for the creation of KC Rising in 2015. The report’s conclusions were galvanizing: the Kansas City region was lagging behind its economic peers coming out of the Great Recession and successful communities were articulating plans to advance the economic drivers of traded sectors, innovation and human capital.
June 2014

Kansas City Downtown Corridor Study [Sasaki Plan II]

Following the first Sasaki Plan for downtown redevelopment in 2001, the Civic Council commissioned a second study focused on promoting the success of residential neighborhoods in greater downtown Kansas City.
June 2005

Kansas City Downtown Corridor Study [Sasaki Plan]

Known as “the Sasaki Plan,” this first downtown study commissioned by the Civic Council paved the way for the creation of the Power & Light entertainment district and the Sprint Center arena.
May 2001


Civic Council Public Statements

Joint statement from the Civic Council and KC Chamber on vandalization of police memorial
July 21, 2020

Civic Council, KC Chamber & KCADC joint statement on racism and inclusive prosperity
June 21, 2020

Joint statement from the Civic Council and KC Chamber on renaming of the JC Nichols Fountain and Parkway
June 12, 2020

Public Statement of Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Kansas City Area Development Council on extension of stay-at-home order through May 15, 2020.
April 16, 2020

Altcap Announces Small Business Relief Loan Fund During the COVID-19 Pandemic press release

March 31, 2020

Kansas City Tomorrow 41st Class 2019-2020 press release

August 2019

Civic Council press release on staff appointments

January 2019

Civic Council/KC Chamber press release on early childhood ballot measure

December 2018


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