Kansas City, MO
In 1993, leaders and CEOs of major organizations within the Brush Creek redevelopment area met to explore what they might do to encourage cooperation and collaboration to develop a world-class cultural and research district surrounded by healthy neighborhoods.
Founding members of Brush Creek Partners included: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Rockhurst College, Midwest Research Institute, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Health Midwest, Linda Hall, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute and Gates Management Corporation.
BCCP Annual Meeting
at Linda Hall Library.
This group initially saw the sharing of information and enhancement of the identity of the cultural and research district as its primary objectives. Shortly thereafter, the focus of the organization expanded to include community issues. It quickly became clear the issues only could be addressed through an innovative, cooperative effort. In 1994, school, church and community leaders as well as representatives of other businesses and institutions and city government were invited to participate in the partnership. After operating as a committee of another nonprofit organization, Brush Creek Community Partners became a free-standing 501(c)(3) organization in 1999.
Brush Creek Community Partners sees its existence directly connected to the realization of its vision — “A world-class cultural, research and park district connected through thriving businesses surrounded by healthy neighborhoods”. The mission — “to develop and support strong neighborhoods and institutional partnerships that lead to a healthy, inclusive community” — ties the vision to the organization's purpose as an organization of business, civic and community leaders coming together in a socially responsible manner to exercise its collective influence to enhance the Brush Creek Corridor’s economic and community development.
BCCP board members Dr. William Hart
and Joanne Bussinger at the
BCCP Annual Meeting
at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Ribbon cutting at the dedication
and celebration of the new
Troost Avenue Bridge
over Brush Creek.
May 5, 2012
Brush Creek Community Partners works to effect change it its targeted area: the six-square-mile district, (39th Street north to 63rd Street south and Elmwood Avenue east to State Line Road west) in Kansas City's midtown called the Brush Creek Corridor. Brush Creek Community Partners is focused on promoting the Corridor's highest and best uses through Representation and Advocacy, Corridor Planning & Promotion including Plan Review, and Communications.