UMKC students and faculty are collaborating with the 18th & Vine Policy Development Committee and the RedTails Digital Engineering Alliance group, a cohort of middle-school, high-school, and college students mentored by aSTEAM Village.
A component of their project focuses on Virtual Community Action Planning (VCAP). Community members, real estate developers, and business/landowners have gathered for series of workshops to envision how to make the 3rd District, specifically, the 18th & Vine Neighborhood, a SMART community that is built upon a sustainable digital economy.
The RedTails Group has gathered data and community input from the planning sessions and will be presenting their visualizations/virtualizations of redevelopment possibilities regarding the 18th & Vine neighborhood and surrounding corridors on May 4th. This event is free and open to the community.
The work accomplished by these students "reflects [our] commitment to inclusiveness, connectivity, diversity, and data-driven co-design of neighborhood transformation" says Tony Luppino, UMKC Professor of Law and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs.