The Keystone Community Corporation (KCC) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit created in 2018 to bring together regional universities, philanthropic leaders, corporations and entrepreneurs with the goal of planning, developing and operating a diverse and thriving innovation community in downtown Kansas City.

KEYSTONE's strategic imperatives

Programming and placemaking drive successful outcomes, not real estate. The best practices associated with these operational strategies should serve as guidelines to both optimize and improve the odds of success across all stakeholders.


Many of the economic, political, and social challenges identified across the Kansas City region can be addressed through the collaborative scale of regional stakeholders cooperation and engagement. 


The planing, development, and operations of the Keystone Innovation District must include a strategic focus on achieving a positive, equitable and inclusive impact. This is a long-term regional economic development program focused on bringing the future of education, entrepreneurship, and employment to the community. 



With innovation and leadership at his core, Kevin McGinnis has been a successful executive leader at one of the nation's leading technology companies, and has deep entrepreneurial experience starting a corporate accelerator and leading a growth-stage tech firm.


When McGinnis noticed the region lacked a destination which enabled people to collaborate at scale, causing the region to lose pace economically, his strong belief in KC drove him to act. Leveraging his career experiences focused on innovation, McGinnis is now collaborating with civic, corporate and community stakeholders to drive the Keystone vision to life. 

Kevin McGinnis
Doug Girod
Chancellor, University of Kansas
Kimberly Beatty
Chancellor, Metropolitan Community College
Robbie Makinen
CEO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Steve Edwards
Chairman and CEO, Black & Veatch
Andrea Ellis
Director, Strategic Learning, Kansas City Public Library
Dayveon Ross
Co-founder & President,
Rob Steele
MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Children's Mercy
Mauli Agrawal
Chancellor, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Elizabeth MacLeod Walls
President, William Jewell College
Jeff Geheb
Chief Experience Officer, VMLY&R
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research & advanced studies 
Dr. Peter Dorhout
Vice President for Research, Kansas State University
Dr. Tyjaun Lee
Campus President, Metropolitan Community College
Dr. Chris Liu
Vice Chancellor, Research & Economic Development, UMKC
Dr. Katie Ervin
Associate Vice President of Academic Operations, Park University
Dr. Robert Lee
Dean of the College of Education, University of Central Missouri
Will Lindquist
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering & Chair of the Department of Engineering, William Jewell College
Chris Chapin
Graphic Design and Product Design Lead, Kansas City Art Institute
Dr. Laurel Hogue
Vice Provost, Extended Studies, University of Central Missouri
Dr. Edward O'Connor
Provost & Executive Vince President for Academic, Research & Student Affairs, Kansas City University
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Keystone will be a place for everyone and this subcommittee will help ensure that. This group will focus on  building a strong, mutually beneficial relationship between Keystone, neighboring districts, and the communities that will come together to see this long-term vision to life – artists, entrepreneurs, neighbors, and more. Specific tasks may include placemaking, community engagement, and proactively addressing challenges with government officials, CDCs and others. 

Dr. Cokethea Hill
Founder & CEO, StoneHill Firm
Dan Smith
Co-Founder, The Porter House KC
Dana Knapp
President & CEO, ArtsKC
Dr. Daniel Serda
Project Manager, Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Dina Newman
Director, UMKC, Center for Neighborhoods
Ed Lada
President & CEO of Goodwill of Western
Missouri and Eastern Kansas
Donald Hawkins
Fintech Founder, Serial Entrepreneur
William Wells
Founder & Executive Director, aSTEAM Village
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We're just getting started.

Internationally recognized advisory firm, HR&A was brought in to create an innovation district feasibility study for Keystone. The team conduct over 100 stakeholder interviews with neighbors, community members, corporate and government leaders, educators and other stakeholders, to determine the best governance structure for Keystone. This Board of Directors and these committees will advance Keystone's core tenants of regionalism, equity and inclusion, and will help to appoint additional leadership subcommittees. Stay tuned for more.  

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