Community Workshop #1 Summary
The first Imagine Downtown KC Virtual Community Workshop was carried out on July 14, 2020 – with 165 participants. Julie Pierce, Downtown Council chair, Mayor Quinton Lucas, and 4th District Councilman Eric Bunch delivered opening remarks to launch the community workshop.
Their comments highlighted the importance of this planning process to Downtown’s future. Additionally, they encouraged the Downtown community and other adjacent neighborhoods to engage throughout the planning process, conveying the importance of the engagement effort and its impact on the outcome of the Imagine Downtown KC 2030 Strategic Plan.
The consultant team, MIG, then outlined the Imagine Downtown KC objectives, goals, timelines, and introduced the project team. Planned and anticipated community engagement activities were also previewed and participants were shown other methods to stay involved in the process. Chris Beynon (MIG) delivered a presentation on assets, opportunities, and challenges facing Downtown KC. The presentation also highlighted the cultural richness of Kansas City, Downtown’s momentum, urban trends, complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunities to heal the wounds of historic racial injustice and inequity.
In addition, meeting participants participated in breakout groups of 6-10 people each with a designated facilitator and recorder from the project team. Facilitators led guided discussions around a set of questions designed to stimulate constructive conversation and fresh ideas for Downtown. Responses were recorded during the breakout groups and facilitators presented key ideas and takeaways in a report-back session when the breakout groups reconvened.
Your Input is Needed
What do you love about Downtown Kansas City? What is missing in our downtown? Your voice matters! To help shape the Imagine Downtown KC 2030 process, you are invited to answer the poll that poses these questions and more. If you haven’t already done so, take the poll at https://www.downtownkc.org/imagine/#get-involved
Imagine Downtown KC Podcast Series in the Making
Be on the lookout – in the next few weeks we will release our new weekly Imagine Downtown KC podcast series. We hope the podcast will enlighten and inspire listeners to think big about the possibilities… to imagine Downtown Kansas City 10 years from now. Episodes will feature visionaries who push the boundaries and share their BIG IDEAS for the future of Downtown KC.
The 30-minute weekly series will feature conventional and unconventional thinkers, leaders and neighborhood champions who will inspire, enlighten and challenge our views of Downtown Kansas City today and into the next decade. Stay tuned…
Learn more about Imagine Downtown KC at http://imaginedowntownkc.org
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