Community Capital Fund

2015 Community Development Workshop

Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:30am - 3:30pm

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

2015 Community Development Workshop
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The Community Capital Fund partnered with Greater Kansas City LISC and Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) for the 3rd Annual Community Development Workshop that brought together roughly 275 community stakeholders from neighborhood associations, nonprofits, public agencies, residents, and others to connect with one another and to resources, learn new tools and best practices for neighborhood-led initiatives, share insights on how to best address issues and opportunities in their communities, and develop new means for collaboration and cooperation.

The Community Development Workshop provides a unique opportunity for Kansas City residents and organizations to come together to learn, collaborate, and be empowered. 

Download the Workshop program and schedule here.

View the attendance list on the registration page here.

CommunityKC: connecting people, projects, and resources

CommunityKC is a new a new community project mapping tool developed by the Community Capital Fund and volunteers from American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Kansas City, Kansas City Code for America Brigade, and Google Earth Outreach. CommunityKC will help neighborhood associations and organizations connect with each other, identify potential partners, be more informed of other projects and initiatives and refer others, avoid duplication of efforts, network, and promote the good things occurring in their area. CommunityKC locates and captures information on a range of community projects that are led by neighborhood organizations or are done in conjunction with a neighborhood organization. ComunityKC projects improve and strengthen our community through engaged and empowered residents.

Keynote Speaker, Joyce Perkins


Joyce Perkins is co-founder and former Executive Director of Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI). Created in 1994 though the office of former Mayor Richard Riordan, LANI is a private non-profit organization engaged in the economic revitalization of challenged urban neighborhoods. Currently serving twenty-two (22) diverse communities throughout the City of Los Angeles, LANI provides community consensus building, transit corridor improvements, business district revitalization, urban greening, and the development and support of community organizations. Ms. Perkins serves on several boards and commissions including the LANI Board of Directors and as Vice President of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission. Ms. Perkins earned a liberal arts degree in Social Welfare with emphasis in Community Organization from San Francisco State University, and is the recipient of several community awards and commendations.

View the video recording of the Joyce Perkins' opening keynote, as well as the opening address by the Workshop partners, here. (Joyce Perkin's introduction begins at the 13:08 mark)

View the video recording here of the lunch keynote conversation with Joyce Perkins, Eva Schulte with CCO, Stephen Samuels with LISC, Christine Kahm with CCF, and moderated by Ruben Alonso with the KCMO CDE.

View Joyce's closing remarks here.


Panel Sessions

1. Individual Leadership Training - This CCO-led training will introduce the underlying theory of community capacity building, provide key principles of engagement, and expose participants to an array of strategies and tools through case studies and project examples. Includes inclusive and diverse engagement principles.
* Trainer: Damon Daniel, Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO)

2. Leadership for Neighborhood and Youth Engagement - This CCO-led training will provide participants with tools and examples on how to reach out to young adults, what is important to young adults and why they volunteer, how other organizations are utilizing and engaging youth in civic leadership roles, and how to adapt an organization to work better with youth leaders.
* Trainer: Paul Washington, Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO)

3. Creative Placemaking - Creative Placemaking is emerging as one of the most comprehensive and vital approaches to local development with community stakeholders, artists, and cultural workers collaborating to create places of vibrancy. Hear how neighborhoods and artists in Kansas City and across the country are using creative techniques to build community and create places where people want to live. 
* Sean Starowitz, BREAD! KC 
* Vanessa Eickhoff, PLA
* Erik Takeshita, Twin Cities LISC 
* Moderator: Ina Anderson, Greater Kansas City LISC

Notes from the Creative Placemaking session can be found here. The list of session participants can be found here. Other resources mentioned during the session include: The LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, The Creative Exchange powered by Springboard for the Arts, Project for Public Spaces, Paint the Pavement project, and Better Block KC.

4. Crime and Safety in Neighborhoods and Commercial Corridors - This panel will discuss and present information on how neighborhood and community collaborations are working to improve the quality of life in the Kansas City Region.  
* Major Joe McHale, Kansas City Police Department, No Violence Alliance (NoVA)
* Paul Soptic, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Patrol
* Stan Henry, Main Street CID
* Rachelle Crowe, Redeemer Fellowship
* Moderator: Ed Linnebur, Greater Kansas City LISC

A video recording of the Crime and Safety panel can be viewed here

5. Building Partnerships and Collaborating with Others - Learn how local successful partnerships are working together to revitalize their communities and how to apply best practices for partnering with others. 

* ​Leslie Caplan, Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT)
* Brenda Thomas, Marlborough Community Coalition 
* Carlos Gomez, Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative 
* Joyce Perkins, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI)
* Moderator: Stephen Samuels, Greater Kansas City LISC

A video recording of the Partnerships and Collaborating with Others panel will be available soon!

6. Renovating Abandoned Homes - Abandoned homes represent a distinct challenge and opportunity for many neighborhoods. Hear how neighborhoods are working on their own and with others to turn abandoned homes in their area into opportunities for investment. The panel will also include an open discussion on key issues with successfully developing abandoned homes.

* Paul Tancredi, Blue Hills Neighborhood Association
* Margaret May, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
* Marlon Hammons, Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Association
* Ted Anderson, Kansas City Land Bank and Kansas City Homesteading Authority
* Michael Duffy, Legal Aid of Western Missouri
* Moderator: Vincent Gauthier, BNIM Architecture + Planning, Kansas City Land Bank 

A video recording of the Renovating Abandoned Homes panel can be viewed here.

Technical Skill Trainings


1. Google Map Maker (led by Scott Lemmon, Google Earth Outreach Trainer)
Share your community with the world! Learn how to take ownership of how your communities are represented on Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile. Using Google Map Maker, you can add to, edit, and improve your local maps by adding and correcting and improving information. You can add medical centers, local roads, historical landmarks, and
everything in between!

View the video recording of the GoogleMap training session here. View Scott's presentation here. View the Google Map Maker handout here.

2. Free Google products Available to Individuals and Organizations (led by Scott Lemmon, Google Earth Outreach Trainer)

(led by Scott Lemmon, Google Earth Outreach Trainer)

Scott Lemmon, Google Earth Outreach trainer, will walk participants through the many free products that Google offers to individuals and nonprofits. Learn how these user-friendly tools can help you communicate, create maps, and share information. Some of the tools covered include MapUp, Gmail email service, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Groups, Sites, Google Earth, and more. Information about Google for Nonprofits will also be presented. Participants will walk away with a resource packet with a description of each product.

View Scott's presentation here. Downloand the Google Tools handout here.

3.Running a Neighborhood Organization and Fulfilling Legal Requirements (led by  Michael Duffy, Legal Aid of Western Missouri)

Learn how organizations (501c3 nonprofits and Missouri nonprofits) should fulfill their legal obligations. This session includes information on tax filing, remaining/getting good standing, how to amend bylaws, how to manage financials, and pros and cons of becoming a federal 501c3. 

View a video recording of a previous training session here.

4.Creating Effective Collaboration and Facilitating Meetings (led by Center for Conflict Resolution)

This training is rescheduled for Saturday, February 28th from 1-2:30pm at the CCF office at 1900 Vine. Space is limited and registration is required. Reserve your seat here.

5.Marketing and Branding Your Neighborhood and Projects (led by Pam Hausner, Big Vision Media)
Pam created a special "Branding and Marketing Your Community" workbook for the session. This workbook takes you through top industry processes to identify and define your brand. While it won't fully take the place of working directly with a branding & marketing professional, it will give you a good start to understanding how to effectively market your community. If you are interested in obtaining a free copy of this workbook and/or would like the free Website Pre-Planning Guide filled with critical information you'll need when preparing for a new website, please contact Pam Hausner at

Thank you to our sponsors!

Greater Kansas City LISC


Mazuma Credit Union

Mid America Regional Council (MARC)

Habitat for Humanity Kansas City

Neighborhood Tourism and Development Fund (City of Kansas City, Missouri)

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the next Workshop. If you or your company/organization would like to learn more about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amanda Wilson at or 816-502-9584. 

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