Led by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Big 5 elevates the Kansas City region onto the world stage and makes the area one of America’s best places to work, live, start a business, and grow a business. These community-based projects take advantage of the area’s world-class organizations and the spirit of our citizens to inspire innovation in our region. Accomplishing the Big 5 initiatives promises to bring better health, improved education, more jobs, increased investment and a better quality of life to everyone in the region. Thus, creating a Greater Kansas City.
THE BIG 5
Building Kansas City’s Workforce of Tomorrow through Kindergarten-Readiness
Co-Champions: Kay Barnes, Center for Leadership, Park University; Carol Marinovich, Donnelly College; Tracy McFerrin, Hall Family Foundation
Revitalizing Our Urban Neighborhoods through the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI)
Champion: Terry Bassham, Great Plains Energy Inc.
Making Kansas City America’s Most Entrepreneurial City
Champion: Matt Condon, ARC Physical Therapy+
Growing Kansas City’s Medical Research, From Discovery to Cure
Champion: Dr. Patrick James, Sr. Managing Partner, Quest Diagnostics; Chair, KC Area Life Sciences Institute
Moving UMKC’s World-Class Arts Programs to a New Downtown Location
Champion: Leo Morton, Chancellor, University of Missouri – Kansas City