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Mayor Sly James speaks with Maria Meyers, executive director of KCSourceLink, at the 2018 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship in Kansas City, Missouri, July 2018.

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

What is the Mayors Conference?

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship is not a conference built around keynote speakers and endless slide decks. It is built and run with the spirit of collaboration. There were no lectures on what the mayors could do better; instead, the Mayors Conference provided the space for mayors to discuss metrics, innovative policies, and ways to take action.

In 2018, more than 142 city officials, including 102 mayors, attended the Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship in Kansas City, Missouri. The themes of the conference included: mayors understanding their own data and economic metrics, discovering innovative policies that improve economic outcomes, and implementing those policies within their unique cities.