Connecting Regional Workforce Development


Regional Initiatives

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) supports regional talent development efforts around postsecondary attainment and workforce development. Some of the current strategies follow:


GRADForce KC is the Kansas City region’s network of education and community-based organizations focused on improving educational attainment and creating a talent pipeline for economic and civic vitality. Members of GradForce KC include the region’s largest school districts (by enrollment); tech academies; representatives from a network of 17 public and nonprofit postsecondary institutions; nonprofit, philanthropic and workforce organizations that are regional in scope and have a complementary mission; state officials located in the region whose work is related to education; and education intermediaries.




KC Rising is a collaborative effort of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Mid-America Regional Council. It focuses on three key drivers of regional prosperity — trade, ideas and people — which are enabled by infrastructure, governance and equity.

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KC Degrees supports adults to return and finish college. In Kansas City, approximately 300,000 adults between the ages of 25 and 64 have started but not yet finished a postsecondary degree. Launched in September 2016, KC Degrees provides in-person, phone and online advisement to adults to help them navigate the process to return to college and offers continuing support as they work toward degree completion.



Key Industry Sectors

Watch for more data and analysis coming soon on these key industry sectors:

Advanced Manufacturing
Architecture and Engineering
Finance and Insurance
Information Technology
Life Sciences
Supply Chain and Logistics