Big Ideas: For a Greater Community
What: Big Ideas: For a Greater Community ("Big Ideas") is a meaningful and ambitious, community-wide civic improvement initiative, through which several goals are collectively identified and advanced with the aim of making the region a better place to live, work, and launch and grow a business. Done well, Big Ideas becomes a strategic plan for the region.
Next Steps: We believe, with strong, steady, and inspiring facilitation, our community is ready and willing to collaborate on Big Ideas and, pending financial partnerships, the Chamber is well-positioned to support this venture.
- February 1, 2019: Proposed concept at The Chamber's Annual Meeting and build momentum
- 1Q19: Recruiting Steering Committee and Funding Partners
- 2Q-3Q19: Convene Steering Committee, launch web portal, actively solicit community ideas, and distill ideas into clusters
- Sept 19, 2019: Host State of the Community Report and Conference, including an all-day community-wide discussion of ideas in clusters, and distillation towards three, four, or five Big Ideas
- 4Q19: Socialize finalist ideas, build business case for each big idea (the “Why” and “Future,” and identify “Co-champions” (example)
- January 2020: Unveil the Big Ideas at The Chamber's 2020 Annual Meeting
- 2020 and Beyond: Track progress, issue reports, and generate new big ideas as we achieve original ideas
Background: The inspiration for this initiative is from the "Big 5 Initiatives" in Kansas City, where the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce led and continues to lead a similar process for their region. Their inaugural five big ideas were:
- Make Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city
- Create a regional translational medical research institute
- Build on the existing “animal health corridor” by holding a world symposium on animal health
- Move UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance from the main campus to downtown Kansas City
- Pinpoint an urban core redevelopment project in Kansas City to improve housing, employment, and crime statistics
Contact: For questions, contact Chamber Vice President for External Affairs, Katie Loovis, at (919) 696-0781 (cell).