Shift Innovation: Community Development Conference

A conference to explore new and creative approaches to community development.

About This Event

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Community development professionals seek practices that can assist their efforts in low- and moderate-income communities. But what ignites the innovative spark that leads to a promising practice? Nearly 140 participants gathered to interactively share and explore some of those topics at Shift Innovation, a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The event explored how thinking creatively about community development can unlock new and innovative solutions that can be implemented immediately.

Conference participants discovered new ways to:

  • Boost organizational performance
  • Broaden engagement in community leadership
  • Cultivate entrepreneurship
  • Spark social entrepreneurship
  • Improve quality of life through creative networks
  • Harness technology to connect with underserved communities



Who should attend?
Community development practitioners, community leaders, faith-based groups, local, state and federal policymakers, researchers, educators, lenders, philanthropic organizations and students.


Event Details

Date Time Location
Sep. 22, 2014 8 a.m. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64198

Sep. 22, 2014Agenda

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8 - 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.  
Welcome and Address
Esther George
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

8:45 - 10 a.m.  
Opening Keynote Address
The Creative Process and Community Development
Kathie Thomas
Beyond Concepts LLC.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Innovative Community Development Organizations
Partners in Progress: The Quarterback Model
Kristen Scheyder
Senior Vice President and Senior Program Officer, U.S. Community Development
Citi Foundation


Being an Innovative Not-for-profit Organization
William C. Miller
Values-Centered Innovation


Innovation In Action
Steve Hermes
Independent Consultant
Formerly Neighborworks America


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Broadening Engagement in Community Leadership
Generating New Leaders at the Upper Room
Gerald McEvoy
Executive Director
Swope Corridor Renaissance Upper Room


Public Square Communities
Liz Sosa
Public Square Communities


Broadening Engagement in Community Leadership Role
William Generett Jr.
Urban Innovation21


12 - 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Address
Shift Your Thinking: Win Where You Stand
Clifton Taulbert
Author and Entrepreneurship Consultant
Building Community Institute


1:30 - 3 p.m.
Sparking Social Entrepreneurship
On Social Entrepreneurship and Civic Innovation
David Renz
Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
University of Missouri - Kansas City


Sparking Social Entrepreneurship
John Tyler
General Counsel
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


Collaborative Partnerships
Tom Bassford
Founder and Executive Director
Significant Matters


1:30 - 3 p.m.
Cultivating Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses
Good Entrepreneurs, Good Jobs Strategy
Don Macke
National Rural Economic Developers Association, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship


Connect the Dots
Maria Meyers
Executive Director
U.S. SourceLink


Create an Entrepreneurial Culture in the Community
Steve Radley
President and CEO
NetWork Kansas and E-Communities


3:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Quality of Life: Sustainability and Sense of Place
Community Building and Engagement
Donny Smith
Executive Director
Community Housing of Wyandotte County


Healthy Community Initiative
Natalie Rudd
Senior Director, Regional Coordination, Government and Community Relations
The Cleveland Clinic


Kansas City's Optimistic Invention
Julie Cole
Rocket Grants Program COordinator
The Charlotte Street Foundation


5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Reception and Networking

Sep. 23, 2014Agenda


8 - 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.  
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.  
Opening Keynote Address
How Low-Cost Information Technologies Can Further Civil Society Initiatives
Richard Boly
Technology Consultant
Former Director of the U.S. State Department's Office of eDiplomacy

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
New Technologies Expand Access to Information
Digital Inclusion Fund Report
Michael Liimatta
President and Co-Founder
Connecting for Good


9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Lessons from the Fed
Investment Connection
Ariel Cisneros
Senior Community Development Advisor
Kansas City Fed


What is the Working Cities Challenge?
Maggie Super Church
Boston Fed


9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Using Data and Technology to Prioritize Action
Mid-America Regional Council
Barbara Hensley
Public Affairs Director
Mid-America Regional Council


Vacancy in KC: Developing a Systems Approach
Jacob A. Wagner
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design
University of Missouri-Kansas City


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Creative Ideation Exercise
12:30 - 1:40 p.m.  
Lunch and Report Out
Participants will have the opportunity to define problems, apply conference models and share creative solutions to real community problems.
1:45 - 2 p.m.  
Luncheon: A Conversation with the Mayors

Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, MO

Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga, TN

Contact Information

Nicole Cole
(816) 881-2756

Conference App

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iPhone – Search for “KC Fed” on the App Store or simply go to this url on your iPhone.

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Android – Search for “KC Fed” on Android Market or simply go to this url on your mobile device.