Small-Scale Development Workshop - Introductory Lecture (Hosted by Incremental Development Alliance)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110


Join us on September 12th for a unique opportunity to engage in a growing national conversation with one of the nation’s most influential urbanists, Monte Anderson.

Anderson works with the Minnesota-based Incremental Development Alliance, an organization that has elevated the practice of small development and taught local entrepreneurs in cities around the country the mechanisms for building value in their neighborhoods. The organization offers a roadmap for pulling off such small-scale development projects – from managing the cost of infrastructure to creating affordable housing, gaining access to financial capital, and training new entrepreneurs.

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The Making a Great City speaker series has initiated a powerful conversation about how our city can harness the power of small-scale building development to produce valuable outcomes. Most urban development over the past 70 years has failed to create enough revenue to fund its infrastructure – streets and utilities that now are deteriorating. Yet we keep building more, increasing liabilities rather than adding to our cities’ value.

Fostering and supporting a local community of small-scale developers in our urban areas can help change this course. Our speakers, Chuck Marohn, Joe Minicozzi, and Jim Kumon have demonstrated how walkable development patterns have produced the long-term revenue necessary to build resilient, self-sustaining towns and cities. Recent economic successes in Los Angeles, Denver, and Minneapolis, among other cities, have been fueled by the resurgence of small-scale urban neighborhoods. That same potential exists in the lots and blocks of Kansas City and every other medium and large municipality in the Midwest.

Sponsors with the Incremental Development Alliance include Gould Evans, AltCap, Vireo, First Missouri Bank, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Kansas City Public Library, the Mid-America Regional Council and LISC. The Making a Great City series has been co-presented by the Hall Family Foundation, the KC Planning Studio of Gould Evans, Greater Kansas City LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), the local council of the Urban Land Institute, the Mid-America Regional Council, Newmark Grubb Zimmer, and the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors.