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Vacant to Vibrant: Regional Vacant Lot Summit

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative Green Space and Urban Farms Action Group invites you to attend the Vacant to Vibrant: Regional Vacant Lot Summit on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. The summit convenes individuals and organizations across the region who are using an array of green infrastructure techniques to spur social, environmental and economic prosperity for residents in the Greater Kansas City Region.

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
  • Registration: 9:30 a.m. 
  • Event: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.                                                                            (Lunch will be provided)
  • Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center                             4750 Troost Ave. Kansas City, Missouri 64110
  • For more information, contact Alecia Kates at 816-701-8233 or


Attendees will receive a free copy of Vacant to Vibrant – A Guide to Working with Lots . This guide offers detailed way, including design templates, to spark ideas for vacant lot projects and point you toward the resources you need to accomplish your goals.

Keynote Presenter: Anika Goss

Anika Goss is the executive director of Detroit Future City (DFC). Goss leads a team of experts to implement the DFC Strategic Framework, a comprehensive 50-year guide to decision making and investment in Detroit.  She is a leading force and visionary in Detroit’s revitalization, playing a crucial role as an advocate for an equitable and sustainable future for the city.

Goss has repositioned the organization to be laser-focused on the equitable implementation of its community and economic development, and land use and sustainability priorities. She also has helped bolster the future of Detroit’s land use and sustainability through awarding over $330,000 in grants aimed at accelerating vacant land revitalization in Detroit and developing a dynamic community educational network of nearly 50 neighborhood leaders and nonprofits to develop standardized green stormwater infrastructure practices.

Other presentations include: 

  • Vacant Lot Mapping Tool, Heartland Conservation Alliance
  • Expectations, Realities and Goals of Working with Native PlantsWilliam Gibson, Down to Earth Services and Green Thumb Gardens
  • Transforming Desperation to Abundant HarvestNadine Farris, Paseo West Community Garden volunteer, and Amanda Lindahl, Giving Grove