Shift Innovation: Community Development Conference

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

About This Event

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? Shift Innovation, a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, is an opportunity to interactively share and explore how thinking creatively about community development can unlock new and innovative solutions that can be implemented immediately.

Discover new ways to:

  • Boost the performance of your organization
  • Broaden engagement in community leadership
  • Cultivate entrepreneurship and small businesses
  • Spark social entrepreneurship
  • Improve quality of life through creative networks
  • Harness technology to connect with underserved communities

Cost to attend: $125.00. The cost covers conference meals, all sessions held on September 22-23, and a networking reception on September 22.




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
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Broadening Engagement in Community Leadership
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
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Cultivating Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses
3:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Quality of Life: Sustainability and Sense of Place
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
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Lessons from the Fed
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Using Data and Technology to Prioritize Action
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


The cost to register for the two-day event is $125. The cost covers conference meals, all sessions held on September 22-23, and a networking reception on September 22.

Cost: $125.00


Contact Information

Nicole Cole
(816) 881-2756


The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
One East Pershing Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64108
Phone 816-474-4400