Entries by Mike

DCSC: An Urban Model for Human Services

The Downtown Community Services Center, a juggernaut of care for the homeless and hungry in Downtown Kansas City, recently reached milestones with reStart and the Kansas City Community Kitchen at its humble home at 8th & Paseo. reStart, the DCSC’s first tenant, marks its fourth anniversary of providing shelter and supportive services to homeless men, […]

Silicon Prairie Thrives in Downtown

Downtown is blossoming into a creative crossroads that beckons creative, innovative entrepreneurs – from start-ups to industry leaders; from high tech to high touch – building the kinds of businesses that excel with the best minds in America. The concentration of these businesses, particularly in and around the Crossroads Arts District, provides a fertile foundation […]

Digital Sandbox to Spur Tech Entrepreneurs in Downtown

Digital Sandbox KC, an unprecedented partnership among private companies, universities, entrepreneurial support organizations and government agencies across the Kansas City region, has announced key details of the effort to spur development of local IT-related start-up businesses in greater Downtown Kansas City. Digital Sandbox KC represents one of the goals that the Downtown Council and the […]

Governor to launch Digital Sandbox on Friday

Gov. Jay Nixon will join top executives from Kansas City corporate leaders Hallmark, Sprint, UMB Bank, Cerner, VML, RareWire and more at 1:30 p.m. Friday to help the UMKC Innovation Center launch the new Digital Sandbox KC, a proof-of-concept and mentoring center for high-tech start-ups. Digital Sandbox KC represents one of the goals that the Downtown […]

Newsweek names Mayor James one of the nation’s most innovative mayors

Congratulations to Mayor Sly James  for being named one of the “Most Innovative Mayors” in the country by Newsweek Magazine. The Mayor is credited with shaping the entrepreneurial infrastructure that is fueling the growth of tech start-ups in Downtown Kansas City. Check it out: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/12/16/most-innovative-mayors-in-the-u-s.html

Tax vote paves way for Downtown streetcar

At long last, Kansas City has voter-approved funding build a two-mile streetcar line through the heart of Downtown. Voting was completed last week. The city hopes to begin construction in 2013 and to begin operations in 2015. The $100 million streetcar system will run from River Market to Union Station, primarily on Main Street. “This […]

Downtown elementary school fills neighborhood need

“For the past 10 years, Kansas City has strived to turn downtown into a real neighborhood. The main ingredients were all there — new loft housing, a vibrant library, parks, cultural amenities, even a grocery store. But one crucial element was lacking: An all-purpose elementary school. Now that’s no longer the case.” This is how The […]

MARC approves $17.7 million for Downtown streetcar

The City of Kansas City, Mo.’s mass transit future received a boost on Wednesday, Oct. 24 when the Mid-America Regional Council approved $17.7 million in federal funds for the City’s proposed starter streetcar project in Downtown. The agency announced that its board had approved the funding as part of an $81.7 million package of federal […]

Boston Globe believes Downtown KC’s ‘heritage is hip’

Downtown  and Kansas City received some welcomed attention from The Boston Globe in its Sunday edition, Oct. 21 that is distributed to about half a million households. Reporter Robin Soslow clearly loved her recent visit to Kansas City. Even her article’s headline reflected the positive review that was about to come our way: Kansas City, Mo., gives heritage […]

LaunchKC to propel silicon prairie in Downtown

Kansas City has lift-off! Business and civic leaders gathered on Monday to introduce a new initiative that is designed to drive awareness and growth of the city’s flourishing information technology district in Downtown Kansas City. “It is no coincidence that Launch KC is being unveiled on Monday, Sept. 10 – the day after Google Fiber […]