Big Bold Ideas
What: Big Bold 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 Bold 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 Bold Ideas and, pending financial partnerships, the Chamber is well-positioned to support this venture.
- 1Q19: Proposed concept at The Chamber's Annual Meeting on February 1, 2019 and built momentum.
- 2Q19: Recruited Steering Committee and Funding Partners.
- 3Q19: Convene Steering Committee, launch web portal, actively solicit community ideas, and distill ideas into clusters; incorporate an all-day conference into the State of the Community Report on September 19, 2019 for a community-wide discussion of ideas in clusters and distillation towards three, four, or five Big Bold Ideas.
- 4Q19: Socialize finalist ideas, build business case for each big idea (the “Why” and “Future,” and identify “Co-champions” (example).
- 1Q20 and beyond: Unveil the Big Bold Ideas at The Chamber's 2020 Annual Meeting in January 2020 and 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).