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KC region part of Lumina Foundation's education attainment strategy 

The Kansas City region is one of 75 U.S. communities selected to participate in Lumina Foundation’s community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy. The MARC coalition of civic, government, educational and business partners in a successful application to join the Lumina initiative. Lumina’s strategy is designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary education credentials. As a participating region, Kansas City will benefit from significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding, and the ability to customize attainment plans that will best suit the community’s needs. News release»

Historic Laugh-O-Gram building may see new life as creative hub

In April 2014, MARC was awarded a $51,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration to study the feasibility for redevelopment of the historic "Laugh-o-gram" building at 31st and Troost — the studio where Walt Disney is said to have first conceived of Mickey Mouse —as a workforce training and business incubation center for Kansas City’s growing digital storytelling industry. Approximately 35,000 people are currently employed in the digital storytelling industry in the region, a field that is expected to grow by more than 15 percent in the region by 2022. News release»

In-depth education and workforce report from Nov. 2014 Workforce Summit

At the Nov. 4, 2014, Workforce Summit, MARC presented an in-depth report on education and workforce data in the Kansas City region. The report identifies potential key indicators to measure the region’s progress in preparing students for postsecondary success and producing meaningful skills, credentials and degrees to meet industry and employer needs. Using this report as a baseline, community leaders will work to increase postsecondary education with support from Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnership for Attainment program initiativeRead more and download the notes and report»