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May 19, 2015
The milestone efforts of a unique partnership initiated in 2014 were realized today as representatives of Northwest Missouri State University, the city of Gladstone and North Kansas City Schools gathered to break ground on the site of the Northland Innovation Campus, a 90,000 square-foot research and education complex being built at N.E. 69th Street and North Oak Trafficway.
When completed for the fall of 2016, the Northland Innovation Campus will be nestled in the re-gentrified heart of the emerging neighborhood of Gladstone’s downtown. More than 100 Kansas City-area leaders from local schools, businesses and higher education – as well as Northwest education faculty and students involved in a May practicum session at North Kansas City's Briarcliff Elementary School – joined the groundbreaking ceremony to signify the start of construction for the $20 million project with project developer CarrBaierCrandall (CBC) Real Estate Group.
“Today we mark the groundbreaking for what we believe will be a model in public instruction and will provide students a distinct advantage in preparing for the workforce and ensuring that this region remains competitive,” CBC Development Manager Jason Glasrud said. “It’s also charting new territory for commercial development, suburban, Class A office product, designed exclusively for secondary and higher education uses. It is truly unique and something we hope will be emulated throughout the country.”
With a vision to originate a progressive, non-traditional environment of office and research space and a variety of educational resources, amenities and programming to inspire and grow a highly skilled 21st century workforce, Northwest joined forces with the city of Gladstone and North Kansas City Schools on the inventive collaboration to bring the five-acre campus to the Northland.
The connection to higher education with Northwest creates additional synergies for K-12 programming, along with attracting employees and students from the Kansas City metro and regional area. Last month, Northwest’s Board of Regents authorized the University to enter into a lease agreement to occupy 18,529 square feet of the facility during a 10-year term, with an optional renewal. Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski thanked the Board for its support along with legal counsel Husch Blackwell as well as Northwest Leadership Team members Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet, Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick, Vice President of Human Resources Nola Bond and their teams for answering the call on this strategic action.
“We are proud of this public-private partnership and know this is a significant but only one piece to our disrupting from a position of strength as we drive continued strong performance, connect to and implement strategy, accentuate strengths, ensure relevant profession-based learning and provide for organizational viability and vitality,” Jasinski said. “Northwest is delivering significant economic value within the green and white circle per our recent third-party economic impact study and our Northland Innovation Campus will enhance the economic value proposition while serving the needs of students, employers and the region.”
At the Northland Innovation Campus, Northwest will provide students with a seamless transition to its course offerings, services and resources, Mottet explained. Northwest will offer seven undergraduate completion programs at the facility in the areas of recreation and wellness, elementary education, special education, early childhood, computer sciences, business and marketing along with graduate programs in education and business. Northwest also will offer dual credit coursework as part of its partnership with Northland CAPS. Additionally, Northwest plans to offer client-based solutions that will include a needs assessment of surrounding communities, organizations and industries while identifying training needs and mapping those needs to resources available at Northwest in an effort to enhance economic development.
“Northwest is very proud to have a very long history and tradition of developing people, and through the development of people we increase their capacity to make, what we’re very proud of, a significant contribution to families, communities and the organizations where they work,” Mottet said. “Through that significant contribution they also increase the economic development and capacity of a region. This is a good fit for the mission and vision of what we do at Northwest.”
North Kansas City Schools will lease 60,000 square feet of the facility for its Students in Academically Gifted Education (SAGE) program. More classroom space is needed by the district to accommodate steadily growing annual student enrollment, and re-locating SAGE to the Northland Innovation Campus will help address that issue.
“This is a signature day for Gladstone, for the school district and for our partners at Northwest Missouri State, who have been incredible supports throughout this process, and we’re so thankful that they can continue this now in a very big way,” Dr. Todd E. White, superintendent of North Kansas City Schools, said. “It really gives us an opportunity for this day, for this moment, for this building to serve K through 99 in terms of education the public and the community of the Northland.
By aligning with local schools and colleges, initiatives such as the Northland Innovation Campus have become national models for securing well-trained workers, in less time and at a lower cost. The result is more people with skilled jobs and a more robust economy.
“When we provide greater accessibility to a wider range of professional curriculums for students to learn, lead and succeed in school, college and career, the local and regional business community benefits as well,” said Kirk Davis, city manager of Gladstone. “And, we at the city are better able to serve the needs of expanding and new business.”
The project developer for the Northland Innovation Campus is CarrBaierCrandall (CBC) Real Estate Group, which with its team of McCownGordon Construction, Hoefer Wysocki Architecture and BHC Rhodes, projects completion of the first phase of the Northland Innovation Campus by May 2016. A second phase, now in the planning stages, will expand the campus by an additional 50,000 square feet.
Gladstone, located in Clay County, Missouri is ideally situated directly north of downtown Kansas City and the Missouri River. Committed to quality, orderly growth and responsive city government, there is no city earnings tax, low tax rates and competitive land cost. Fire and police protection services are modern and comprehensive, and city-at-large improvements continue for roads and storm and sewer systems. Served by North Kansas City Schools, which are fully accredited by the State of Missouri, as well as nationally accredited, Gladstone was awarded the national designation of “All-America City” in 2008. For more information, visit www.gladstone.mo.us.
Known for innovation and excellence, North Kansas City Schools serves families living in the neighborhoods and municipalities of southern Clay County. Located between the Staley neighborhoods on the northern boundary and Briarcliff to the south, North Kansas City Schools offers academically rigorous learning for young people in graded K-12. In addition, the state and nationally accredited school district offers optional pre-K, before and after school programs, expansive gifted and honors opportunities, career and professional academies, A+ certified high schools as well as nationally recognized adult and community education programs for learners of all ages. For more information, visit www.nkcschools.org.
With an enrollment of more than 6,700 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs on its Maryville campus and at outreach centers in Kansas City and St. Joseph.
Northwest is ranked as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri on U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2015 Best Colleges” and is one of only four four-year institutions in Missouri to meet all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during the past three years. According to a recently released economic impact study, Northwest generated $617.5 million in added regional income – the equivalent of creating 9,465 new jobs – during 2014.
The University, founded in 1905, boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is about 20 percent higher than the national average. In addition, 98 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.
While the Northwest campus also is designated the Missouri Arboretum, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. To learn more, visit www.nwmissouri.edu.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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