Mayor James Calls for submissions for first annual KCMO Ideas Fair

September 10, 2013 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
A range of project topics are welcomed, including those impacting public health, sustainability, technology and new media, crime prevention and arts and culture.

Mayor Sly James invites the community to submit innovative projects by September 23rd for the inaugural KCMO Ideas Fair.  Kansas City, Missouri residents and neighborhood organizations may submit ideas at  The Fair is scheduled for October 26th from 9 am until 1 pm at Central Library. The goal of the KCMO Ideas Fair is to crowdsource best practices and exchange ideas for community development.

 Mayor James will be on hand to meet participants and learn about their project ideas.  The public is also invited to attend the Fair to receive “curbside consulting” from City departments, attend community-building workshops, and learn about other resources available for their neighborhood.  The City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Ashley Hand, with support from the Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet, is coordinating the Fair and will report results to the community.

This new event is a great way for residents to both learn more about our community’s resources and actively participate in making Kansas City best,” said Mayor Sly James.  “Kansas Citians are innovative people and I am looking forward to seeing the ideas they have for the City.”

The best projects will be invited to exhibit at the Ideas Fair and be recognized for their impact on the community. For more information about the KCMO Ideas Fair, please contact Ashley Hand, Chief Innovation Officer, at or at

Contact: Ashley Hand: 816.513.6546