Mobile Workshops

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Sign up for one of our mobile workshops – opportunities to learn and see first-hand major economic development projects underway or recently completed by our host, Kansas City.

Mobile Workshops Agenda

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

KC Streetcar

All Aboard: Downtown Kansas City’s Streetcar is on the Move
9:00AM – NOON

Since its opening day on May 6, 2016, there have been more than 10 million passenger trips taken on the fare free KC Streetcar.  The 2.2-mile streetcar route that runs through the heart of Downtown Kansas City serves as a major connector and economic development incentive linking several downtown districts. Those districts include the Central Business District, the River Market, Power and Light, and the Crossroads Arts District, as well as Union Station and Crown Center. Since 2014, Downtown Kansas City has seen more than $4 Billion in development on and near the downtown streetcar route. Now with two major expansions of the KC Streetcar route under construction, Kansas City is posed to build a new connection from Downtown to Berkley Riverfront, Midtown, the Plaza, and the University of Missouri – Kansas City campus. Join us to learn more about KC Streetcar’s current operations and its on-going expansion and impact!   

Port KC

Get Connected: Kansas City’s Port Authority is a Vital Link in the Economic Development Chain
9:00AM – NOON

PortKC is an economic development agency focused on transportation, logistics, and revitalization with the statutory power to reclaim land, issue bonds, and enter development contracts. The agency has a port terminal located in the West Bottoms and a commerce park in South Kansas City. Both locations provide easy access to major railroad yards and four interstate highways. PortKC has been instrumental in re-establishing Kansas City’s waterborne commerce and regularly handles barges moving a variety of agricultural products and other goods. Investment and environmental revitalization over the span of 30 years at the Missouri River turned undeveloped land into the Berkley Riverfront. PortKC’s vision for the riverfront includes a diverse new neighborhood that extends downtown beyond its boundaries. When complete, the 55-acre riverfront will feature more than five million square-feet of mixed use, office, residential and retail space designed to reflect Kansas City’s urban culture and character – this is all of Kansas City’s front yard. Join us to learn more about PortKC’s role as a connector and driver of economic development.

North Kansas City Mobile Tour
9:00AM – NOON

The North Kansas City School District is the largest school system within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri, and the second largest in the state of Missouri. With over 21,500 students, the district is redefining the classroom experience. Schools across the United States share a common goal of preparing students for success far beyond our walls. Join the NKCSD as we take you back to where it all begins, the Early Education Center. See how North Kansas City Schools reinvented over 115,000 square feet of dilapidated box stores into a thriving learning environment for nearly 1000 three and four-year-olds. This innovative move not only expanded the number of students the district could serve, best equipping them for success in kindergarten and beyond; it transformed what had become an eyesore in the middle of the district into an inspirational and modern facility of which the community could be proud. Also experience the Career Pathways program at historic NKC High School, a 100-year-old building with a 21st-century retrofit. Tour our new Early Education facility and hear about this unusual adaptive use of two old box stores. Learn how our students enter with promise and leave with purpose.

Chicken N Pickle

Transforming Vacancies into Immersive Experiences
9:00AM – NOON

Kansas City boasts an impressive collection of fine art galleries throughout the city. Artists have transformed dilapidated and vacated buildings into unique art spaces, laying the groundwork for new placemaking possibilities. From the Crossroads Arts District to the West Bottoms to the City of North Kansas City, greater Kansas City artists play a critical role in revitalizing areas for the community and visitors to explore and engage. The ‘Cheers’ of the Northland, Chicken N’ Pickle is one of Kansas City’s most attributed revitalization projects. Once a dilapidated warehouse, it is now home to a unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex whose mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters fun, friendship, and community for all ages. Located on the corner of 18th and Burlington, the entertainment complex includes a fast casual dining restaurant, 8 pickleball courts (4 indoor and 4 outdoor), a bar and entertainment space, food trucks, outdoor lawn games like ping pong and Jenga and a living room with fire pits and TV screens. A key tenet of Chicken N Pickle is demonstrated through the Our Hearts Are Local program, which focuses on creating philanthropic partnerships to strengthen our neighborhoods and beyond. Become inspired when taking a tour of these reimagined spaces!

GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium | Visit KC

City of Champions: Sports in Kansas City
1:30PM – 4:30PM

The greater Kansas City area is home to several national sports franchises including the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, MLB’s Kansas City Royals, MLS’s Sporting Kansas City, and NWSL’s Kansas City Current. This workshop will begin with a tour of the construction site of KC Current’s new stadium. This $117-million-dollar project will be the first stadium built specifically for an NWSL team. Following the tour will be a panel discussion at Children’s Mercy Park, the state-of the-art home of Sporting KC. Panelists representing our teams will focus the discussion on bi-state and regional partnerships, community and stakeholder engagement, and project construction and funding. The workshop will also include a tour of Central Bank Sporting Complex, a 76-acre, tournament-quality complex containing 10 turf soccer fields which is scheduled to open later this year. Upon completion, it will be one of the most state-of-the-art youth soccer complexes in the United States. Join us to learn why Kansas City is truly a City of Champions.

KCMO Water Department

Lifeways of the Missouri River
1:30PM – 4:30PM

With a watershed of more than half a million square miles covering all or part of 10 states and two Canadian provinces, the Missouri River is one of the most reliable sources of surface drinking water in the world. But Big Muddy is neither flawless nor eternal. Tour Kansas City’s 240 million-gallon-a-day (capacity) water treatment plant to learn how we remove everything from silt to farm fertilizer; and how Kansas City is preparing for future drinking-water needs in a climate-change threatened world.

KCMO Office of Communications Graphics

Take a Ride: Kansas City’s Mobility Advocates in Motion
1:30PM – 4:30PM

BikeWalkKC’s mission is to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living. Founded in 2010, BikeWalkKC quickly established itself as a regional and national leader in bicycle and pedestrian education, public policy, community planning, data collection and research. BikeWalkKC is one of the largest providers of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programming in the country, providing students with the skills, confidence, and motivation to bike and walk for transportation, fitness, and fun. Since 2012, BikeWalkKC has provided SRTS programming to 35,000 students in the KC metro region. BikeWalkKC’s public policy and planning teams provide regional municipalities with technical design guidance for multimodal transportation projects; innovative policy guidance to support better multimodal infrastructure; policy development related to Complete Streets and Vision Zero; pop-up demonstrations that bring projects to life; and engaging community events that make providing public input fun, interactive, and educational. The organization also manages the region’s bike share system. Join us to learn more about BikeWalkKC’s mission and work!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Future KCI – Build KCI

Ready for Takeoff: Kansas City’s Nearly Completed New Airport Terminal
9:00AM – NOON

The new Kansas City International Airport Single Terminal will greet visitors with a warm Kansas City welcome and send hometown travelers off in style. It is the single largest infrastructure project in Kansas City, Missouri’s history. The KCI Single Terminal will have a profound and lasting economic impact on the region in the form of new jobs, opportunities for local and small businesses, and a first-class traveler experience for airport users (Background – Build KCI). Join us for an exploration of this new facility and its world-class features.Identify, strategize and gain new skills for the leading leadership challenges of the day. 

Visit KC

The 18th and Vine District: All That and More
9:00AM – NOON

Kansas City’s historic Jazz District is home to legendary smoked meats, the stellar Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and celebrated live music clubs. It’s this combination of barbecue, baseball, and bepop jam sessions that melds together for one sweet melody. This jazzy tour will include a visit to the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, a non-profit organization with the mission to empower Kansas City’s youth ages 6-18 through baseball and softball, academic and social opportunities to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Veteran’s Community Project, Communications (Kelly Seward)

Welcome Home: Kansas City’s Tiny Home Community for Houseless Veterans
9:00AM – NOON

Veteran’s Community Project is a not-for-profit organization founded by and for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to fill the critical community support services gap. Their South Kansas City Campus is home to the Veteran Outreach Center with full-time staff dedicated to helping any veteran – regardless of discharge status and time in service – navigate services including those offered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, mental and physical health referrals, employment and financial counseling. Additionally, there is VCP Village, a planned tiny home community that provides transitional housing for veterans experiencing houselessness along with comprehensive access to social services (Tiny Houses for Homeless Veterans | About | Veterans Community Project). Join us for a tour of VCP’s facilities to learn about how they are impacting the lives of veterans in Kansas City and across the country.

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