Business Leaders Gather for Launch of Heartland Civic Collaborative

Around 50 business, civic and community leaders attended a launch event for the Heartland Civic Collaborative on January 19 in Des Moines, Iowa. Regional leaders from Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha and St. Louis, discussed why these four regions created the Heartland Civic Collaborative, accomplishments to date, and plans for the future.



Business, civic and community leaders gathered for the official launch of the Heartland Civic Collaborative.



From left to right: John Sondag, President, AT&T Missouri; Keith Gary, Vice President, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute; Keely J. Schneider, Associate Director, The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City; Bill Berkley, President & CEO, Tension Corporation; Vincent C. Schoemehl, Community Leader and former Mayor, St. Louis; Jay Byers, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership.



Jay Byers, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership welcomes attendees to the official launch of the Heartland Civic Collaborative.



Bill Berkley, President and CEO of Tension Corporation and Chair of the Heartland Civic Collaborative, shared why HCC was formed. Speaking to the Heartland’s shared characteristics and values, such as a strong work ethic, the importance of family, rural and agricultural resources, strong research universities and more.



Keely J. Schneider creates excitement around HCC’s multi-modal regional transportation plan and upcoming KINETIC transportation summit.



St. Louis representative, Jay Sondag, President, AT&T Missouri, discusses the entrepreneurial dashboard being created by the Entrepreneurship and Human Capital work group. The dashboard will measure entrepreneurial density, financing availability, network interconnectedness, and the STEM workforce among other factors.



Keith Gary, Vice President, Kansas City Area Life Sciences provided an inside look at the work being conducted by the Life Sciences work group. This work includes a life sciences asset mapping project, which allows our region to target company recruitment, inform strategy development guiding economic development activities, provide intelligence to enhance academic-industry partnerships for faster, more efficient commercialization of new innovations, establish and expand networks, enhance collaboration and influence legislation.