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Schools band together to boost Kansas City-area innovation district

By David Schwartz
Published: July 21st, 2020

Nine universities and colleges in the Kansas City area have joined forces to accelerate innovation in what is called The Keystone Innovation District. They’ve just formed a Standing Committee for Research and Advanced Studies that will take “an unprecedented approach” by leveraging each school’s resources to advance interdisciplinary research, creative activities and corporate engagement throughout the region under one umbrella group.

“While each of our institutions care deeply about our individual missions, our opportunity to create regional strength in innovation will have a multiplier effect that we cannot achieve alone,” sad David Cook, the University of Kansas’ vice chancellor of public affairs. “As part of the Standing Committee, we look forward to creating those collaborative ties and building the relationships to make that larger vision possible.”

Among the schools represented in the efforts along with U Kansas are the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas State, Kansas City University of Medical & Biosciences, and  the University of Central Missouri.

The committee – along with a governing board formed in March — was based on recommendations from a study funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and conducted by HR&A Advisors, a New York-based real estate and economic development consulting firm.

Source: Kansas City Business Journal

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