Updated: Oct 25, 2018

Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS) came to Kansas to discuss economic development accomplishments, weaknesses, and strategies to improve workforce across America.

DAY 1 - COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND INNOVATIVE PRACTICES The first discussion for the convening was with representatives from Greater Kansas City LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) and LISC Milwaukee Financial Opportunity Centers who presented the services they offer that complement our collective community development mission. The goal of the conversation was to integrate services on a comprehensive level to prevent overlap and to align efforts in order to maximize the results for both community development and workforce development agencies. This conversation begins with understanding the differences and commonalities between the systems then working together to make the most of each system. More conversations are planned. Trese Booze, Program Officer-Greater KC LISC has invited Clyde McQueen to attend a national LISC conference to perpetuate the conversation.

After the discussion about partnerships and systems alignment, Simcoach Games presented its innovative approach to workforce development outreach through gaming. The Simcoach Skill Arcade is a bridge between people with the skills to be successful in careers and the organizations that need them. Since 2005, Simcoach has partnered with organizations in retail, construction, manufacturing, government, and healthcare to produce free and engaging games that help players discover their aptitudes and interests.

The first day of convening concluded with a tour of the 18th & Vine District including the MLB Urban Youth Academy and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with some of our renowned Kansas City Bar-B-Que to top the evening off. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver stopped in to say hello to the group and offer encouragement for the partnership.

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