Equitable Development | October 18
Join your colleagues and our panel experts to discuss Equitable Development in Kansas City. Our panel will discuss challenges developers and community members face and the tools that can be used to create attractive and engaging projects for all to use and enjoy. Panelists will discuss how to include the surrounding community while providing opportunity and rejuvenation through the redevelopment.
Alissia Canady represents Kansas City, Missouri as the 5th District Councilwoman. As an elected city official, she is in a prime position to apply her combined skills as a trial attorney, negotiator and advocate to positively impact disadvantaged communities.
Councilwoman Canady promotes equitable policies in housing, workforce and public safety, while also encouraging social and economic development. For the 2015-2019 council term, Mayor Sly James appointed Canady to serve as Chair of the Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee, where the focus is improving livability, safety and approaches to community engagement. Additionally, she serves as Vice Chair of the Ethics and Legal Review Committee, and is a member of the Housing Committee and the Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Jobs Committee.
Mike Grube brings more than 22 years of experience in the real estate development and affordable housing industry to the Yarco Companies. Mr. Grube is responsible for identifying and pursuing development activities throughout the Midwest. These development activities include acquisition/renovation and new construction of multi-family properties utilizing private loan funds and public incentives, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, HOME, Tax Abatement, TIF and CDBG funds.
Currently, Mr. Grube is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. Mr. Grube serves on the Curriculum Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Urban Planning at the University of Kansas. In addition, he is an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Kansas.
Stephen Samuels brings a diverse background and skill-set to his current role as Executive Director of Greater Kansas City LISC. Over the past twenty years, he has managed non-traditional marketing strategies for Fortune 500 consumer brands, led a global personal development coaching organization, and maximized the community benefits derived from a new $250 million entertainment venue. Under his leadership since 2013, LISC is accelerating its place-based neighborhood revitalization strategy in three areas of Kansas City MO and KS, and expanding its Financial Opportunity Center Network to help families break the cycle of poverty.