With a heritage in the transportation industry, the Heartland region has the potential to deliver a strong competitive edge. The Heartland Civic Collaborative recognizes the need to leverage this thriving industry. Together, we will develop a multi-modal, integrated transportation vision for the region. This transportation vision supports and enhances the Heartland’s promising competitive advantage in the transportation industry.

The Heartland Civic Collaborative took its first step in developing this integrated transportation vision with the completion of a study conducted by TranSystems, Inc. The study analyzed commonalities, differences and gaps among the transportation plans of the four participating metros. It also identified opportunities for the Heartland Civic Collaborative.

Heartland Civic Collaborative Regional Transportation Strategy

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With this study in hand, the transportation leadership of the Heartland Civic Collaborative assembled high-level, in-person meetings with the directors of the Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations for each of the four participating metros. These meetings fostered dialogue about the vision between the Heartland Civic Collaborative and public officials.

As we continue to move our transportation vision forward, we are focused on several key priorities.

Top priority areas include:

  • Multi-year federal transportation funding authorization
  • Responsible management of the Heartland’s inland waterway system
  • Heartland region’s position as a transportation and logistics hub
  • Use of public/private partnerships and innovative funding/delivery methods

Transportation Work Group Members

Dedicated work group members help drive the mission and goals of the Heartland Civic Collaborative. Their efforts lead to the continued success and global competitiveness of the Heartland region.

  • Scott Smith – Co-Convener (Kansas City)
  • Adie Tomer (Washington DC)
  • Chris Gutierrez (Kansas City)
  • Todd Ashby (Des Moines)
  • John Nations (St. Louis)
  • Dave Nichols (Jefferson City, MO DOT)

Core Initiatives

The Heartland Civic Collaborative serves as the regional voice of the Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha and St. Louis metros. As one mega-region, we build momentum through targeted civic initiatives and drive strategic, coordinated actions toward common goals. We focus on four main areas that provide mutually beneficial opportunities to the Heartland. These areas leverage our proven successes and deep roots. They include: Transportation, Federal Advocacy, Life Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Human Capital.

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The transportation industry thrives in the Heartland. The Heartland Civic Collaborative works to harness this competitive edge by developing a multi-modal, integrated transportation vision for the region.

Federal Advocacy

Federal Advocacy

Our shared federal advocacy agenda highlights the collective voice of the Heartland region. Together we drive greater action than any one state or metro could accomplish alone.

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Through the Heartland Civic Collaborative, participating metros leverage existing regional strengths in human, animal and plant health.

Entrepreneurship & Human Capital

Entrepreneurship & Human Capital

The Heartland Civic Collaborative enhances the movement of ideas in entrepreneurship and human capital. Through the development of sustainable strategies, these areas continue to play an increasingly important role in the success of the Heartland.