MAYOR SLY TOUTS LAUNCH KC!!!
An excited presser from City Hall where politicos talk about tech . . .
Google’s announcement for Kansas City raised our profile and expectations as an information technology center. Google has provided the motivation to take advantage of our assets in the information technology arena.
I am proud to say that, as of last night, 90% of the fiberhoods in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri have gone “Green.” We have a VERY good story to tell in Kansas City — now the question is, “Whats next?”
Launch KC is our answer.
I had the good sense to appoint Mike Burke to co-chair the Mayor’s Bi-state Innovation Team (MBIT) to determine how we leverage Google to our benefit. Mike gathered a group of innovators and Launch KC is the result of those conversations.
In other words…this is following a pattern I hope we will become known for:
When we don’t know the answer — we ask the people who do know the answer and then do what they suggest.
This group has been meeting since earlier this year. We are now ready to announce the product of those conversations: Launch KC — Kansas City”s new strategic initiative to stimulate the growth of our information technology companies.
Launch KC will take the lead in promoting innovation and fostering the attraction and development of creative entrepreneurs in the information technology sector.
The new initiative has five primary goals:
Capacity–Increase computing capacity for entrepreneurs.
Mobility—Provide greater mobility via greater WiFi access in downtown.
Incentives—Create City incentives that are meaningful to small start-ups.
Innovation—Generate a proof of concept lab to test new ideas.
Collaboration—Engage successful business to aid entrepreneurs.
We can Build Kansas City into THE place to for start ups to call home. More information on this initiative can be found here >>>
Thanks to all who volunteered their time, energy and talent to crafting this initiative. With your help we will make Kansas City BEST!