Policy Recommendation 4:
Organize for Success

In order to implement this agenda, Brookings tackles the region's fragmentation directly, suggesting that, “Overcoming these divisions is thus the key to combating the challenges discussed here, and to realizing a more competitive future for the region. . . . To this end, the Kansas City area must follow the lead of Louisville, Minneapolis, Chicago, Salt Lake, and other regions throughout the country that have taken aggressive steps to assemble multiple constituencies around a shared regional agenda.” (emphasis in the original).

Objective 4.1:
Kansas City's major institutions must work closely together to tackle the region's big challenges.
  1. Area business, civic, academic, government and media organizations need to align themselves around the agenda articulated above, develop a concrete plan of action with each one taking the lead in one or more policy areas.

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Objective 4.2:
Regional institutions need to engage the metropolitan citizenry in their efforts.
  1. Engaging residents and other stakeholders will be essential for any kind of regional vision to build an understanding of regional issues and constituency for change.

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Objective 4.3:
Constantly monitor the progress on these initiatives.
  1. The region must establish a set of measurable outcomes and develop benchmarks against which to gauge whether or not the area is moving forward or falling behind in meeting them. Only by routinely measuring and reporting such information can leaders be held accountable for results . . . which is, of course, one of the core purposes of Metro Outlook.

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