I knew the answer before I asked the question.
“Why Kansas City?”
Why had Google chosen Kansas City over 1,100 other cities to launch it’s new Google Fiber project? What made Kansas City special?
Simple. We’re Kansas City. We kick ass.
(Okay, the person I asked was much more polite than that. Please consider the above a loose translation of her answer.)
But as huge as the Google Fiber project is, it’s only one of the many honors bestowed upon Kansas City this past year.
- The Wall Street Journal included Kansas City in a list of seven up-and-coming innovative centers. Kansas City has “solid partnerships between the public and private sectors, a growing work force to fuel the industry and long-term strategies for development. And entrepreneurs say being there is vital to their success.”
- The United Nations honored Kansas City with the NGO2010 Positive Peace Award. The Positive Peace Awards recognize communities throughout the world that have made the most significant positive impact on those who live within and around them.
- Forbes recognized Kansas City as the number 5 city in it’s “America’s Biggest Brain Magnets” feature.
- Futurallia held its annual international business development forum in the United States for the first time in its 21 year history – and chose Kansas City to bring together 800 business owners from 30 countries.
- Here’s my favorite, Frommer’s chose Kansas City as one of its top 10 destinations for 2012. The only U.S. city to make the list. They make a strong argument for our inclusion.
- And, of course, everyone is taking notice of the new Kauffman Center. Even the LA Times.
Everyone seems to be talking about Kansas City. Except us.
As I wrote in an earlier post, we, as a community, have been far too modest when it comes to telling our amazing and, to many, surprising story. It’s time to move past our natural inclination to be humble. To tell our city’s story. To tell our industry’s story. To, gulp, brag.
It’s time to recognize what we truly have right here and to be a part of making it even better.
After all, we’re Kansas City, damn it.
Kevin Fullerton of Springboard Creative is president of the AAF-KC and is bat-**** crazy about the Kansas City advertising community. In fact, we can’t get him to shut up about it. But we’re okay with that.