Our meeting on Feb. 26 was all about being informed on they Mayor's Challenge Cabinet, (re)development vocab and education in Kansas City. Read on for more!
Amanda Graor from the Mayor's Challenge Cabinet provided an update on their work, including working with the City to establish an open data policy. Mayor James himself even stopped by (though, that wasn't originally planned)!
We also welcomed Mike English, Executive Director at Turn the Page KC, the Mayor's non-profit organization which matches volunteers with KC schools to read with students for one hour each week. If you're looking for a volunteer gig, this is a great way to invest in the district and help our students be better prepared for success. The organization is always looking for new volunteers!
Bob Long of the Economic Development Corporation of KC gave a presentation on the incentives and financing available for developers looking to do projects in the Kansas City. We learned about the alphabet soup of TIF, TDD, LCRA and others, and how the city makes them work. Bob also shared stories about individual projects, such as the renovation of the Cosby Hotel and what EDCKC and Historic Kansas City did to help make that happen. Check out this "Redevelopment 101" handout (PDF) from the meeting to learn more!