Greater Kansas City LISC to honor Rosedale Development Association
On Thursday, October 11, at 4 p.m. in Kansas City’s Scottish Rite Temple, Greater Kansas City Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) will host the second annual Thrive awards to celebrate the great work community leaders and organizations are doing to revitalize Kansas City’s neighborhoods. In partnership with the City of Kansas City, MO, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, and residents across the KC Metro, Thrive will honor the best of Kansas City’s achievements in community development while savoring local food and entertainment and recognizing seven leaders and organizations for their contributions to community transformation.
As convener, investor, and thought-leader, Greater Kansas City LISC has produced meaningful outcomes and removed systemic barriers to building thriving communities. With residents and partners, LISC’s mission is to forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.
Aligned to that mission, LISC’s Organization With the Greatest Impact award for Thrive 2018 honors an organization/program that has demonstrated a persistent and effective commitment to and impact on a neighborhood(s) for at least ten years. This year’s Greatest Impact award goes to the Rosedale Development Association (RDA). Informally organized as Rosedale Community Council in 1945 as a grassroots, community-centered organization addressing issues such as neighborhood blight, business development, crime, zoning and flood control, today RDA remains committed to work with residents, businesses and institutions to develop a thriving Rosedale community.
RDA approaches programs and services from a whole-community perspective, seeing neighbors as experts on their assets as well as needs, making them the most effective change-agents in their community. One such neighbor, Peggy Bell, lives at the nearby Rosedale Towers and often participates in the Fisher Park Walking Club. Bell says of RDA’s mission, “Rosedale is a better place to live than any other… a thriving Rosedale community is one in which all members engage with one another and treat each other well… [I want] to live in a place where no one has to struggle alone and where people feel safe and connected.”
Each year, RDA partners with over twenty organizations to connect resident leaders like Bell with the tools and training necessary to advocate for change in their own communities. To help others envision their approach, at this year’s Thrive awards, RDA will debut a life-size board game called “Community Builders,” which features many tools they use to navigate obstacles and make decisions along the pathway toward developing a thriving community that is safe and welcoming for everyone.
For questions or more information about this award, event, or RDA’s community work, contact RDA Executive Director, Erin Stryka, at 913-677-5097