Community Capital Fund

2016 Community Development Workshop

4th Annual Community Development Workshop

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Real Estate Development Track (New This Year!)
Friday, February 5, 8:30am-Noon

The fourth annual Community Development Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO). For the last three years the workshop has brought together hundreds of residents and organizations working in community development and neighborhood revitalization to learn, collaborate, and be empowered.

The 2016 workshop will include:

  • A special half-day urban real estate development track the Friday before the workshop
  • Engaging panel sessions 
  • Technical skill trainings
  • facilitated networking session to connect with others and learn about their work
  • Keynote by Heather McMann, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Information booths from local organizations

See the complete schedule below.

VOLUNTEER! We rely on a dedicated team of volunteers to help make this event possible. If you are interested in volunteering in our office before the event or at the event, please contact Amanda Wilson at

View registration page and registered attendees here


(Download the 2016 Workshop Program)

(Download the workshop flyer)


Urban Real Estate Development Training Track
Friday, February 5th, 8:30am-Noon

Led by Mike Grube, Director of Development for Yarco Companies and Adjunct Professor at University of Kansas. Learn in-depth about:

  • Development analysis
  • Planning, design and construction
  • Finance and debt structuring
  • Implementation

"The Real Estate Development Track is an opportunity for community residents, public officials and other real estate professionals to get a better understanding of the real estate development process and the issues unique to urban development. This course is structured for participants that may have limited knowledge and/or experience with real estate development and will provide a basic level of understanding of the real estate process." - Mike Grube

Cost for the Friday real estate development training: $175; Now $50, if registered by January 2nd, 2016. Thanks to our presenting sponsors, we have been able to offer this special discount.

Keynote Speaker: Heather McMann, Groundwork Lawrence

Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been making change happen in Massachusetts since 1999. Through its environmental and open space improvements, fresh food access programs, youth and adult education and employment initiatives, and community programming and events, GWL creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers Lawrence residents to improve their quality of life. GWL achieves results by engaging the whole community – residents, youth, nonprofits, city government and businesses – in the planning and realization of its projects. With this collaborative approach, GWL ensures that all stakeholders are mutually invested in its outcomes, the key to stable neighborhoods and sustainable change. 

In order to have an even deeper impact in the community, GWL recently became a community development corporation (CDC) - a nonprofit organization that implements community development projects ranging from the development of affordable housing and community centers to job training and health services within a specific area.

GWL in partnership with four other Lawrence-based organizations was recently recognized for their work in community health by receiving the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a prize that honors communities creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to drive local change, ensuring all residents have an opportunity to make healthy choices in their schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Lawrence, Massachusetts was one of only eight communities to receive this award (Kansas City was also a 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner).

Heather began consulting with GWL in December 2005, joined the staff as Operations Director in 2006 and became Executive Director in 2009. She has spent over 20 years in the nonprofit sector building community and individual assets and she holds a breadth of experience in nonprofit management, with a focus on preparing organizations for growth. Prior to joining GWL, much of her experience was with youth organizations focused on creating our communities’ next generation of social justice leaders. Heather received her MBA from The Heller School of Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University and her BA from Smith College. Beyond GWL, she serves as a board member of Groundwork USA and the Massachusetts Public Health Association, is an Essex National Heritage Area commissioner, a Haverhill Brownfields Steering Commission member, and volunteers with EforAll and the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. In 2010 Heather was honored to be one of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence Tribute to Women Awardees and to be included in the Irish Echo's Top 40 Under 40. 

2016 Community Development Workshop Schedule
Saturday, February 6th, 8:30am-3:45pm

8:00-8:30am: Registration, Breakfast, Networking, Information Booths

8:30-9:30am Opening Remarks and Keynote (view video recording here)

  • Welcome by Amanda Wilson and Ruben Alonso, Community Capital Fund -
       * Opening presentation
  • State of the Community by Stephen Samuels, Greater Kansas City LISC and Bridget McCandless, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Keynote opening remarks by Heather McMann, Groundwork Lawrence in Lawrence, MA
       * Keynote presentation by Heather McMann

9:40-10:55am: Panel Sessions and Trainings

  • 1) Vacant to Vibrant (V2V) Updates and Information Sharing - The Urban Neighborhood Initiative’s Red Tape Committee, Clear Titles Committee, and Vacant Housing Committee will report on their work and provide more in-depth info on the progress, challenges, and policy around abandoned homes in Kansas City, Missouri.
    * Presentation introduction
    * Presentation by V2V Red Tape Committee
    * Session Notes 
  • 2) Healthy Communities Wyandotte - Learn how Wyandotte County has mobilized around creating a healthier community for residents, engaged residents, community leaders, business, and government officials.
    * Presentation by Heidi Holliday, Rosedale Development Association
    * Session Notes
  • 3) Creative Placemaking/Creative Placekeeping: Equitable Development through Arts and Culture - Learn from leaders in the field and engage in a conversation about how we can use arts and culture to drive equitable development while addressing some of the challenges associated with creative placemaking initiatives.
    * Session Notes
    * Presentation by Office of Culture and Creative Services of the City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • 4) Grant Writing and Developing Relationship with Funders - Trainers will present best practices for grant writing, how to build a relationship with funders, and how to identify projects/programs that align with funder priorities. Funders will also be on hand for Q&A and to add their suggestions.
    * Handouts
    * Presentation on metrics
    * Session Notes 
  • 5) Effective Partnerships with Faith-Based Congregations in Your Neighborhood - Reverend Macintosh, a CCO community organizer, will present ways to create partnerships with anchor institutions and faith-based organizations. Learn the motivations of each partner and how your organizations can vision and work together.
    * Session Notes 

11:10am-12:30pm: Panel Sessions and Trainings

  • 1) Neighborhood-Based Initiatives for Abandoned Properties - Learn how neighborhoods are partnering with local law firms, agencies, and organizations to reduce the number of vacant and abandoned homes through Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Adopt a Neighborhood Project, Kansas City Missouri’s Volunteer Code Enforcement program, and Legal Aid’s Property Research Training.
    * Presentation by Legal Aid of Western Missouri on Adopt-a-Neighborhood program
    * Presentation by Marlborough Community Coaltion
    * Presentation by Legal Aid of Western Missouri on property research training
    * Presentation by UG/KCK on rental licensing/inspection
    * Session Notes
  • 2) Where is My Grocery Store? - Learn about what is being done to incentivize grocery stores to locate in under-resourced neighborhoods.
    * Session Notes 
  • 3) Attracting Them and Keeping Them: Strategies for Effective Volunteer Management - David Renz with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership will train participants in volunteer management for effective recruitment and retention and will be joined by local community organizers discussing different ways to engage residents.
    * Session Notes
    * Presentation by David Renz, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
    * Resource list for volunteer management
    * Handout from Alicia Douglas, Rockhurst University
  • 4) Financial Procedures and Best Practices for Small Organizations - SupportKC will present best practices for financial record keeping, record keeping for leadership succession, fiscal controls for small organizations, and the budget process.
    * Session Notes
    * Handout on audit committee and finance committee 
    * Handout - What does an audit committee do?
  • 5) Utilizing Free Civic Tech Tools to Further Your Mission - Google Earth Trainer Scott Lemmon will present free Google products and Code for KC volunteers will present other civic data tools including CommunityKC and the new KC Neighborhood Stat tool.
    * Presentation by Scott Lemon, Google Earth Outreach Trainer
    * Presentation by Ashley Sadowski on CommunityKC
    * Presentation by Paul Barham on KC NeighborhoodStat

12:45-2:00pm: Keynote Conversation and Lunch (view video recording here)

  • Keynote speaker Heather McMann, Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence located in Lawrence, Massachusetts, joined local leaders from KC Healthy Kids and the Heartland Conservation Alliance to discuss current initiatives, challenges, and lessons learned in their work, while also highlighting their efforts in building youth leadership and engaging neighborhoods and residents.
    * Presentation by Heather McMann
    * Presentation by Jill Erickson, Heartland Conservation Alliance
    * Presentation by Lucinda Noches Talbert, KC Healthy Kids

2-3:30pm: Table Networking

  • Participants gathered at large tables to discuss their projects and initiatives, identify areas for collaboration, share any issues or problem they face, and brainstorm ways to move forward. This was meant to be a pro-active session where solutions and sharing are the focus!
  • Using projects listed on CommunityKC as a starting point, the session will be divided into two 45-minute parts:
    • 1) Participants divided into groups based on the topic area their organization is most focused (capacity building; economic development and housing; education, arts, and culture; environment and energy; equity; and public health and safety) to discuss their initiatives.
    • 2) Participants divided into groups based on their geographic focus area (Downtown, Crossroads, and River Market; East Kansas City; Historic Northeast; Midtown; Northland; South Kansas City; Westside; and Wyandotte County/KCK) to discuss their initiatives.

3:30-3:45pm: Closing Remarks and Workshop Recap


Thank you to our sponsors!






Musketeers Civic Group

Community Capital Fund partners with local organizations and businesses to make this event possible through large and small sponsorships. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amanda Wilson at or (816) 502-9584.

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