A Big Idea Takes Shape
The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) was founded in 2011, and represents one of the KCMO Chamber of Commerce’s “Big 5 Ideas.” UNI is a nonprofit organization established to partner with neighborhoods in their revitalization within a target area of Kansas City’s urban core. UNI is working with Purpose Built Communities, partners and the community to development of a revitalization plan for the Wendell Phillips Neighborhood.
Collaborating Through Technology
UNI is coordinating efforts to eliminate the digital divide through its Connecting Neighbors Pilot Program, implementing a three-pronged approach through access to computers, wireless technologies, and technology skills training.
Siklu is providing fiber technology for the project, while Connecting for Good will train young people on the network provide computers. The W.E.B. DuBois Learning center will train residents on installation and install the network. Reconciliation Services will provide access to its networking equipment, internet café and training space. KC Digital Drive will provide technical assistance.