DRIVEN TO CONNECT
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.
KEYSTONE COMMUNITY CORPORATION PRESIDENT & CEO
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.
KCC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
KCC STANDING COMMITTEE for
research & advanced studies
Will LindquistAssociate Professor, Civil Engineering & Chair of the Department of Engineering, William Jewell College
KCC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
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.
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.