Are you interested in impacting your neighborhood through small-scale development?

MARC is sponsoring this upcoming workshop on small-scale development. Consider attending and passing the information along to someone who may be interested.

As urban neighborhoods around the country experience a resurgence, the observable market for walkable, small-scale development patterns has sparked local and national attention. As an entrepreneurial city, Kansas City is uniquely positioned to steer neighborhood growth towards nurturing local capacity in our existing communities.

On Oct. 15, the Incremental Development Alliance will be presenting a day-long workshop geared toward current and future small developers in Kansas City. Experts will introduce the mechanisms behind small development projects, defined as 1-3 story buildings with less than 20 units, and offer specialized training on how to create residential, commercial or mixed-use projects.

Participants will take a big picture view of neighborhood-based development to analyze what makes a good project, how a building makes money and how small developers interact with the broader ecosystem of professionals in the built environment. By the end of the workshop, developers will feel more prepared to take the next steps on their own project.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Aspiring or lightly experienced developers, individuals, business owners, or property owners who want to become more effective investors.
  • Individuals in construction, design, planning or real estate looking to either enhance their current practice or make a career transition.
  • Volunteers or professionals in business associations, main street associations, historic preservation groups and neighborhood improvement groups looking to champion incremental development in their communities.
  • Public sector professionals in city management, economic development, planning and related agencies who are looking to make it easier for small development projects to occur in their town.
  • Professionals in non-profit development organizations, churches and community or housing development organizations who need new strategies for small lot development.
  • Private banking professionals specializing in mortgages, commercial real estate loans or SBA loans and professionals at Community Development Financial Institutions and Community Foundations who want to more effectively support their customers.

Discussion topics

  • Business models and skill sets.
  • Right-sizing a project.
  • Market research and site selection.
  • Zoning.
  • Project pro formas.
  • Hands-on application of site planning.
  • Financing a project.
  • Buying a property.

Register and apply for a scholarship

Thank you to sponsors

This workshop would not be possible without the support of our sponsors including AltCap, First Missouri Bank, Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and KCK, LISC, Kansas City Public Library, Mid-America Regional Council, Gould Evans and Vireo.

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