- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce says it’s making strides toward meeting its top goals for the region.

The goals, dubbed the Big 5, were identified nearly three years ago.

They include moving the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to a new downtown location. In its latest Big 5 update, the chamber noted that a site adjacent to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has been selected, and fundraising continues.

Another goal is revitalizing urban neighborhoods. The chamber says a group called the Urban Neighborhood Initiative is working with the Kansas City school district to develop a new, high-achieving charter elementary school to be surrounded by new, mixed-use housing.

Chamber President & CEO Jim Heeter says he’s pleased with the results.

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