Kauffman Foundation Launches Kansas City Connector Project

The Kansas City Connector Project provides the opportunity to identify and recognize the often-unsung individuals as well as traditional leaders who all have the ability to create and influence change.

The Greater Kansas City Area is Asked to Nominate the Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things in Their Community

Kansas City, MO (January 30, 2017) – Who are the people in the Kansas City region who are making a difference in furthering the education of our youth? Who are the people who support the development and success of new business in the Kansas City region? 

The Kansas City Connector Project (KC-connector.Kauffman.org) provides the opportunity to identify and recognize the often-unsung individuals as well as traditional leaders who all have the ability to create and influence change. Based on a process implemented in other cities such as Philadelphia, Portland and Louisville, the Connector Project will help match opportunities and resources with needs supporting our youth, all with a focus on education.

“Other cities have used this process to identify new ideas and make better connections,” says Larry Jacob, vice president of public affairs at the Kauffman Foundation. “This is part of the Foundation’s ongoing approach to work with and learn from our community. The project will provide us with the opportunity to make sure our education and entrepreneurship strategies and funding of today and tomorrow are informed by those who work for progress every day.”

To do this objectively, the Kauffman Foundation has engaged Dr. Karen Stephenson, an independent, internationally recognized researcher to analyze and map the region’s education and entrepreneurship support networks.

The KC Connector Project starts by seeking nominations to identify those unsung heroes and traditional leaders in the region. The KC Connector Project is open to all community members in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, including Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties in Missouri, as well as Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas. Broad-based participation in the nomination process is critical to success, and everyone in the Kansas City region is being asked to reach out to their personal and professional networks to encourage individuals to make nominations. Nominate individuals at KC-connector.Kauffman.org through March 31, 2017. 

In June 2017, key connectors will be invited to the Kauffman Foundation to be recognized and provided opportunities to design additional innovative ways to accelerate positive changes in Kansas City and beyond.