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Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:47 am
by snigglefritz
https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... j=84298891

Not sure whether McGinnis' 2015 pitch to KC Rising was talked about here but this sounds like an interesting concept if he can get it off the ground.

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:12 pm
by horizons82
This sure seems like it lines up with what KCATA was looking for for their site (bold, dense, etc). Would not be surprised to see it go there.

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:22 pm
by missingkc
I read the article. From the description, I don't see anything being proposed that is new and different. Seems like it's all being done by a number of other players in KC. Am I wrong? I guess the concept includes a campus with some ancillary functions like a little retail, but the Crossroads already provides that for the entrepreneur support options in the area.

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:49 pm
by missingkc
I'm surprised this initiative isn't generating more discussion here. Maybe it's because it's currently conceptual and not bricks and mortar.

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:03 am
by chaglang
It seems like a good idea but to your point it’s all aspirational right now. That and entrepreneurial buzzwords push the needle on my b.s. detector into the red.

In practical terms, it being connected to the 18th and Vine area makes me a little more skeptical of its success than I ordinarily would be.

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:41 am
by missingkc
This is being described as a new thing for KC, but it seems to me that what he's proposing is what the Crossroads already is. Sitting on the edge of the Crossroads as described, it's not going to function as a stand-alone effort. It could certainly bring some added energy and maybe beef up some piece of the entrepreneurial puzzle like educational opportunities, but it's not going be a thing unto itself. It seems to me he's just bringing some ideas from other cities back to KC's existing Innovation District.

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:23 am
by rxlexi
Yeah, this could become something interesting but right now sounds like vapor and buzzwords. Would like to see something more concrete; downtown could use an infusion of STEM space.

Probably the best example of a successful "innovation district" in the region is CORTEX in midtown STL. However, it has been a 15 year process and has partners in Washington University and anchor biotech firms, and proximity to SLU. And it is still a work in progress, more office park than exciting urban enclave. Assuming "keystone" aspires to something similar.

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:17 pm
by WSPanic
rxlexi wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:23 am
Yeah, this could become something interesting but right now sounds like vapor and buzzwords.
I disagree. I think they can cultivate a lot of synergy with a bricks-and-clicks model that is e-enabled for collaborative growth strategies.

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:41 pm
by chaglang
WSPanic wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:17 pm
rxlexi wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:23 am
Yeah, this could become something interesting but right now sounds like vapor and buzzwords.
I disagree. I think they can cultivate a lot of synergy with a bricks-and-clicks model that is e-enabled for collaborative growth strategies.
# =D> # :lol:

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:14 am
by FangKC
Proposed city resolution would give $900K to new innovation district
Kansas City Councilman Jermaine Reed wants the city to support the proposed innovation district inside the 18th Street corridor in a big way.

Reed sponsored a resolution that asks the city manager to negotiate a three-year agreement with Keystone Community Corp. and identify $900,000 in funding to support planning, designing, managing and consulting services for the district.

Kevin McGinnis, who's spearheading the innovation district efforts, formed nonprofit organization Keystone Community Corp. to manage the district, which aims to bring density and scale to innovation and entrepreneurship. An exact location hasn't yet been announced, but the district spans portions of the 3rd and 4th Council Districts and will connect the 18th & Vine Jazz District to the Crossroads Arts District.

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https://tinyurl.com/y84okvco

Re: Keystone Innovation District

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:01 am
by DaveKCMO