1. Kansas City Big 5: Making Kansas City “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City”


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    Kansas City Big 5: Making Kansas City “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City” Peter deSilva, Chairman & CEO, UMB Bank This initiative focuses on creating a hub for entrepreneurial activity, where Kansas City becomes known as the best place to start, nurture, and grow innovative and entrepreneurial businesses. The effort will leverage existing regional assets like the Kauffman Foundation and its new Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, UMKC’s renowned Bloch School, and the ultra-high-speed Google fiber network being implemented in both Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. in 2012. “With the list of assets we already have,” deSilva says, “We are already credible in this space.” 

This project is unique to the other four initiatives because this project will have no beginning or end – rather an ongoing cultural change in the way we start, attract, and grow business in the metro area. Measuring the success of this initiative will be three-fold, according to deSilva. First, do we increase the number of new companies? Second, do we create new jobs within those budding enterprises? And third, are they increasing their share of the Gross Regional Product (GRP)? Also championing the initiative to create a “city of entrepreneurs” are Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sylvester James and Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Joe Reardon, who released an animated sketchbook video to emphasize the importance of entrepreneurship to a city’s identity and growth.

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    • Kansas City Big 5: Moving UMKC’s World-Class Arts Programs to a New Downtown Location


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      Kansas City Big 5: Moving UMKC’s World-Class Arts Programs to a New Downtown Location. Champion: Leo Morton, Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City This “Big Idea” calls for relocating UMKC’s performing and visual arts programs — including the renowned UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance — to a new downtown location. By moving the campus downtown, it leverages new and existing assets including the Kauffman Performing Arts Center and the Crossroads Arts District. A campus close to the emerging cultural district would be mutually beneficial for UMKC and the entire region. Downtown Kansas City would gain added vibrancy by bringing as many as 1,000 students, faculty and staff into the heart of America’s creative crossroads, to learn, live and perform there. In addition, UMKC’s heralded arts programs would gain great opportunities to offer much-needed improvements to their facilities. That’s not all. UMKC leaders believe a downtown arts campus could offer new and creative ways to integrate culture into the curriculum of every student, enhancing their education and creating the next generation of arts lovers in our regions. In addition, the Big 5 goal calls for helping to position UMKC’s arts programs in the top 10 nationally. So why focus on the arts? For one, Kansas City needs a great urban university, as outlined in The Time to Get It Right report put forward by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Second, a UMKC Downtown Arts Campus would help maximize the economic impact of arts in the area, which currently realizes a $278 million boost annually from regional arts and culture organizations. And third, arts and culture is a key driver in terms of tourism and public relations. This Big 5 idea will hopefully move UMKC’s arts programs AND the downtown to the next level of excellence.

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      • Big 5: For A Greater Kansas City


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        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.

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        • Senior Night, Mizzou women's basketball


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          By Lauren Delaney Seniors Christine Flores, BreAnna Brock and Bailey Gee were honored before Missouri's game against Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Mizzou Arena. Despite a strong first half, the Tigers were unable to hold off the Longhorns and lost 75-62.

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          • Free Guide: The Truth About Medical Malpractice Claims


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            www.kansascityaccidentinjuryattorneys.com Vic Finkelstein, a medical malpractice attorney in Kansas City, has written a book discussing the myths behind medical malpractice claims. This book is the ultimate guide to medical malpractice claims in Kansas and Missouri and reveals the mass amount of misinformation that is out there regarding malpractice cases. Before talking to a lawyer or an insurance adjuster, get your copy of this book. FREE to residents of Kansas and Missouri.

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            • Swimming Big 12 Championships Day 2: Feb. 23


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              Tim Leible reports from the Mizzou Aquatic Center, where conference championships continue on the second day in the pool.

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              • Swimming Big 12 Championships Day 3: Feb. 24


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                Andrew Kauffman has the coverage from the Mizzou Aquatic Center, where Missouri continued against tough competition in the Big 12 Championships.

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                • Men's Basketball vs. KState: Feb. 21


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                  Ben Yarrington reports from Mizzou Arena, where the No. 3 Tigers fell to the Kansas State Wildcats.

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                  • X-Factor Part 1


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                    Message from Pastor Geoff Posegate on February 26th, 2012 @ First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, Missouri.

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                    • Anna McReynolds


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                      Anna McReynolds performing "Brokenness Aside" with her father, Marty McReynolds in Sikeston, Missouri on February 26, 2012.

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