2016 Governor's Conference

The 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic Development: making of the Missouri Masterpiece 

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For the 57th annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, we will look at ecodevo from a new artistic angle, from a space that has no limits or boundaries. Take the leap off the grid, off the canvas and join us in a new matrix—removing our hesitancy and opening our minds to new visions and ideas. Whether it is a sweet melody, a splash of vibrant color, the passion of a dreamer, or an atmosphere of energy, we will let the art of Creativity, Innovation and Discovery guide us as we together experience the making of the Missouri Masterpiece. 

You may have seen our opening conference speaker on& TEDTalks or heard about her theory-- the arts spark innovation and spur economic growth. Adele Fleet Bacow, President of Community Partners Consultants, Inc., and author of Designing the City: A Guide for Advocates and Public Officials, develops creative approaches to economic development, program and strategic planning, community cultural development, design and the arts.  She will share with us the benefits of supporting and spearheading creative spaces, ideas, and initiatives. Consider the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District as one example of this. Talented professionals are being drawn to the area’s culture, entertainment, and art. And the business community is following suite, and staking claims in places like the Sprint Accelerator to be a part of this new trending environment. 

You cannot put art in a box. It may be the picture of a new workforce effort or a sketch of what other communities are doing to be unique, original, and attract the eye of a business looking to grow. Our speakers will share their stories and philosophies, inviting you to discover new pathways and new aesthetics. We hope to see you in Kansas City. Bring your creativity but leave your smock at home, unless you need it to wipe the famous Kansas City bar-b-que sauce from your face. 

A few of the ​exciting highlights of the 2016 conference:

  • Exhibitor’s Welcome Reception (Wed., Sept 7)
  • Opening Speaker, Adele Fleet Bacow (Thurs., Sept. 8)
  • 12 Breakout Sessions
  • Governor’s Awards Luncheon (Thurs., Sept. 8)
  • A tour of some of Kansas City's creativity and innovation clusters (Thurs., Sept. 8)
  •  A unique private reception at the Jazz and Negro Leagues Baseball Museums, 18th & Vine​ (Thurs., Sept. 8)
  • Closing Speaker, Jon Roberts (Fri., Sept. 9)
  • Conference App enabling access of more timely conference information

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Adele Fleet Bacow

Opening speaker, Adele Fleet Bacow:

President of Community Partners Consultants, Inc., and author of Designing the City: A Guide for Advocates and Public Officials, Ms. Bacow develops creative approaches to economic development, program and strategic planning, community cultural development, design and the arts. You may have seen the opening conference speaker on TEDTalks where she addresses, “The role of art in urban development: creating places, reviving cities, and making a difference in the lives of people.”

Jon Roberts

Closing speaker, Jon Roberts:

Jon Roberts, who received rave reviews at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, returns to close the 2016 conference. Jon is the principal and managing director of TIP Strategies, Inc. Putting theory into practice by combining rigorous data analysis with the latest thinking in economic development, workforce training, and community-based principles, a hallmark of Jon’s work is recognizing the relationships between seemingly unconnected trends and offering a clear path of action.

THURSDAY EVENING RECEPTION AT THE AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM AND NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM

18th & Vine

Go back in time to see where the jazz jam session originated and famous musical legends like Count Basie, Andy Kirk, and Hot Lips Page filled the streets with their new beat. At its height, KCMO was home to more than 100 night clubs, dance halls and vaudeville houses. Experience the unique sounds of KC jazz and learn about the history by quick stepping through the American Jazz Museum, located in the historic district on 18th & Vine. This artistic synergy drew in people from all over the country as well as other businesses that wanted to be a part of the new musical scene.

More of a sports enthusiast? Located in the same building as the jazz museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum preserves the rich history that dates back to the 1800s. From the average players to the superstars of the game, you will be able to appreciate the struggles and achievements made by those that were a part of the Negro National League, which was formed right here in Kansas City on Paseo.

Today, these museums showcase the proud history of this district. Enjoy one of our state’s treasures that embodies the arts and culture.

Guest registration to attend the Thursday evening reception is available for only $35 per person.