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PURPOSE


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
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Revitalizing Our Urban Neighborhoods through the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI)
Champion: Terry Bassham, Great Plains Energy Inc.
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Making Kansas City America’s Most Entrepreneurial City
Champion: Matt Condon, ARC Physical Therapy+
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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
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Moving UMKC’s World-Class Arts Programs to a New Downtown Location
Champion: Leo Morton, Chancellor, University of Missouri – Kansas City
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Partner Organizations


  • View the progress reports that have been issued for the Big 5.
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  • People are talking about the KC Chamber's Big 5. Find out what they are saying.
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  • Download the KC Chamber's Big 5 Engagement Book for more information about how you can participate in these community-wide initiatives.
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