City of Kansas City: Implementing the Vision for a Healthy Campus

Report National Resource Network Kansas City, Kansas June 15, 2015 Economic Development

In 2014, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas (the UG), partnered with the National Resource Network. The UG had embraced a bold vision for downtown economic development, community revitalization, and improved community health through the creation of a Healthy Campus on the edge of its downtown.

The Network helped the UG address a question many local governments face after the completion of a vision plan: What Next? When the hard work of developing a vision is finished, the hard work of making it a reality is just beginning. As part of immediate next steps, local governments should ask themselves the following questions:

  • What are the staff resources required to implement the plan? What types of skills are needed? Does an existing staff member have the time and skills to take on a special initiative?
  • What community assets can be used to support plan implementation?
  • What are the opportunities for partnership?
  • What are the key questions that need to be answered to begin plan implementation?

The Network team in the UG helped local leaders address these questions and move toward implementation; that work is detailed in the attachment. To learn more about this partnership, contact the Network at

The Network’s engagement team in the UG was led by Network consortium member HR&A.

City of Kansas City: Implementing the Vision for a Healthy Campus