Advancing Places: Connecting with Downtown Neighborhoods

Overview: We often inherit a complicated relationship with the neighborhoods adjacent to the traditional downtown core. Those adjacent neighborhoods are sometimes very different in history and composition – the buildings are likely older, the land is less developed, and the community less affluent. The neighborhoods may be separated from downtown by historic and political barriers, including racist and exclusionary policies and years of broken economic development promises. 

Downtown Kansas City was facing these issues as they began their strategic planning processes in 2019.  They made a commitment to overcome past barriers and include adjacent neighborhoods in the planning and implementation process. Hear how they used creative tools and techniques to establish new relationships with their downtown neighborhoods. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Learn how digital tools can be used to communicate and build relationships with large and small community groups in adjacent neighborhoods.

2. Identify opportunities to develop a new relationship with adjacent neighborhoods and overcome long-standing barriers to good communications.

3. Identify opportunities to have a stronger and better functioning long-term relationship with adjacent neighborhood leaders and organizations.

June 25, 2021 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

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AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this webinar. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found here

Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.


  • Bill Dietrich, President and CEO, Downtown Council of Kansas City
  • Ann Holliday, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Downtown Council of Kansas City; Director, Art in the Loop Foundation
  • Jamillah Jordan, Director of Equity Studio, MIG


  • Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development, International Downtown Association

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