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Regional Economic Initiatives

MARC supports regional talent development efforts around postsecondary attainment and workforce development.

Regional Workforce Intelligence Network

The Regional Workforce Intelligence Network (RWIN) engages economic development organizations, regional chambers of commerce, workforce investment boards, a selection of educational institutions or departments that are focused on increasing talent to attract and retain business.

RWIN provides coordination around comprehensive workforce challenges with particular emphasis on non-traditional talent, and provides its stakeholders with data for decision-making through a monthly newsletter, presentations and reports.


GRADForce KC is the local college access network serving the Kansas City region. The network is composed 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

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.

KC Degrees

KC Degrees connects adults in the Kansas City region, age 25 and older, to quality credentials and degrees by providing comprehensive career and education advising services and referrals to community organizations to help address barriers to success, including financial, family and/or academic barriers.