About UNI

Our Priorities

UNI works to bring business, government and community organizations together to increase prosperity and improve health, safety and education for current residents of Kansas City's urban core and for generations to come. Our priorities include the following:


  • Create more jobs for residents, opportunities for employment at livable wages in the area, and thriving businesses
  • Identify education and training opportunities for adults and career development and/or job opportunities for young adults
  • Create an access point for a comprehensive approach to asset-building supports and services
  • Attract mixed income housing and mixed use development to the area
  • Strengthen neighborhood restoration and redevelopment of housing and grounds (steps and sidewalks, for example) and infrastructure (such as curbing and street lighting)

Safety and Health

  • Strengthen neighborhood engagement in fighting crime
  • Identify and/or create more safe places for recreation and exercise
  • Develop more healthy food options
  • Provide greater access to technology
  • Support the development of community gathering places


  • Strengthen the efforts and capacity of parents, community organizations and schools to support school readiness and early learning
  • Promote positive child and youth development opportunities for school age children and youth
  • Prepare young people for college and careers

Neighborhood/Organizational Partners:  Beacon Hill, Blue Hills, Center City, Ivanhoe, Manheim, Boston Heights/Mt. Hope, Squier Park, Wendell Phillips, 49-63/Troostwood, Blue Hills Community Services, Green Impact Zone and NHS (formerly Neighborhood Housing Services).