The Metro Outlook 2.0 Model

Summary

Talented people choose inherently attractive communities with the social cohesion to make strategic regional decisions, creating high-performing institutions that invest in both people and place, to attract, develop and retain the human capital necessary for area firms to be sufficiently innovative to compete globally while using resources efficiently and sustainably.

The driver of the system is where talented people choose to live. This works at a variety of scales.

At the neighborhood level

  • people seek well-maintained housing and streets (attractiveness of place)
  • with neighbors sharing similar incomes and family circumstances (social cohesion)
  • producing a high level of safety, good schools and strong churches (high-performing institutions)
  • that work to improve their capacity (strategic decision-making)
  • to reach out to residents and provide them with the services and education they need (human capacity)
  • to find good jobs that are a successful part of the global economy (economic competitiveness)
  • without hurting the air they breathe and the water they drink (resource use).

At a metropolitan level

  • talented people choose to live in regions with unique, high-quality natural and built features (attractiveness of place)
  • that produce a sense of shared identity (social cohesion)
  • allowing residents and policy-makers to agree on an agenda and pool resources (strategic decision-making)
  • to create world-class schools, cultural opportunities and universities (high-performing institutions)
  • that generate innovative students, professors and entrepreneurs who start new high value-added businesses or transfer technology to existing businesses (economic competitiveness)
  • that meet new and growing global demands while enhancing ecological sustainability (resource use).

The most successful regions are competitive at both of these scales — the neighborhood or micro scale, and the regional or macro scale.

How is the Kansas City region doing at both of these scales? Our indicator pages offer some insight.

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