Policy Recommendations — So what do we do?
Metro Outlook is a tool for seeing connections, seeing where we need to improve. By taking a broad view, it is designed to uncover areas where policy changes might set the region on a path to a more innovative, more competitive economy.
MARC worked closely with the Brookings Institution to develop a set of high-leverage policies. These are available as a companion report, Organizing for Success: A Call to Action for the Kansas City Region (pdf), published by the Brookings Institution in 2006 and also funded by the Kauffman Foundation.
These policy recommendations are summarized here so that Metro Outlook 2.0 functions as a strategic plan for the Kansas City region, beginning with stating a regional vision and set of goals, analyzing (through its indicators) the region's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and finally culminating with a set of policies and objectives.
The analysis of indicators identifies three areas that are relatively weaker than the rest — Social Cohesion, Institutional Performance, and Resource Efficiency. To this end, Brookings identified policies in these three areas as the most fundamental for the region to undertake:
- Policy 1: Boost the Region's Innovative Capacity
- Policy 2: Create More Focused Growth Patterns
- Policy 3: Break Down Racial Disparities in Incomes and Assets
- Policy 4: Organize for Success