Jazz District Renaissance Corp.
1722 E. 17th Terrace
Floor 1A
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 2211719
Mission Statement
The mission of the Jazz District Renaissance Corporation is the redevelopment of the 18th & Vine historic Jazz District through acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and preservation of properties that will stimulate economic development. JDRC promotes the 18th & Vine district as a premier destination where restaurants, retail services and cultural entertainment converge with commercial and cultural facilities for a memorable experience for all who live, work and visit the Jazz District.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Sidney King
Board Chair Company Affiliation Liberty Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1997
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of the Jazz District Renaissance Corporation is the redevelopment of the 18th & Vine historic Jazz District through acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and preservation of properties that will stimulate economic development. JDRC promotes the 18th & Vine district as a premier destination where restaurants, retail services and cultural entertainment converge with commercial and cultural facilities for a memorable experience for all who live, work and visit the Jazz District.
Background Statement Jazz District Renaissance Corporation was established in 1997 during the Cleaver administration with the sole purpose of redeveloping the six block area bounded by Woodland on the East, 19th Street on the South, Paseo Blvd. on the West and 17th Terrace on the North, into the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The intention was the redevelopment of the historic district to create much needed economic development for the community. The area was designated a 353 Urban Redevelopment Corporation so that the acquisition, restoration and development of real property could be established. The goal was the redevelopment of the district into a cultural and entertainment neighborhood where the blending of commercial, retail services and cultural events would provide an economic stimulus to the community.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments in 2017:
  1. Co-hosted American Jazz Musicians Walk of Fame 2017, the 4th annual event and presentation, which serves as a wonderfully anticipated annual event in the Jazz District for our community, neighbors and visitors to Kansas City.
  2. Co-hosted inaugural 4th of July Community Celebration which included outdoor Music Concert and Fireworks show for visitors, community members and neighbors of 18th & Vine Jazz District. The outdoor holiday event was held on July 3, 2017 and was a huge success.
  3. Coordinated with other business organizations in the Jazz District to support “First Friday’s in the Jazz District”, a monthly event, which includes free musical performances, art presentations and vendor offerings to neighbors and visitors.
Goals for 2018:
  1. Continue with coordination and support efforts with Jazz District Advisory Committee members and representatives whose objectives include the over sight of additional development in the Jazz District.
  2. Implement strategic tasks from Advisory Committee representatives that enhance the development goals of the 18th & Vine Improvement Plans adopted from the KC City Council initiative in 2016.
  3. Seek and secure private funding sources as we continue the expansion of programs, projects and development that enhance community and visitor experiences in the Jazz District.
Needs Statement

The Jazz District Renaissance Corporation has identified program support with a focus on the following areas:

  1. Historic Preservation - building assessment studies, stabilization of historic structures, adaptive reuse analysis to preserve our unique cultural resources.
  2. District Safety and Security – measures from increased security presence to additional lighting and facade enhancements.
  3. Greenspace creation and outdoor streetscaping – build a complete neighborhood including outdoor use of spaces to complement the hardscape, creating sustainable green initiatives for positive environmental impact.
  4. Visitor and resident experience – develop programs that promote the Jazz District while attracting visitors and encouraging neighborhood residents to actively engage with the Museums and other cultural assets.
Service Categories
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Economic Development
Areas of Service
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Areas served include entire Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, all surrounding communities, all regional and national visitors to the Greater Kansas City area and the State of Missouri.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The goal of JDRC is to keep the area true to its history while ensuring that the district is relevant to the community today.  JDRC seeks to provide an outstanding experience for both visitors and residents by continuing to sponsor new programs and amenities.  JDRC through its redevelopment efforts and collaboration with community partners seek to build upon the legacy of the 18th & Vine area, once a bustling neighborhood with jazz, baseball, businesses, schools and churches.  Through targeted development and smart growth principles, our vision is to create a memorable experience for all who live, work or visit the historic Jazz District.  JDRC promotes the 18th & Vine district as a premier destination for visitors and residents through strategic partnerships and with Jazz District stakeholders.  Ongoing special events and new programs offer visitors and residents a unique opportunity to experience the district in addition to the existing cultural  museums and businesses. The redevelopment of the historic Jazz District into a vibrant mixed use community will continue, while celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the district.  The future of the Jazz District is one of tremendous potential and opportunity.

Programs
Description The revitalization of the historic Jazz District will result in development of commercial and retail mixed uses. It will also bring increased visitors, employees, residents, and business opportunities into the district. This encompasses the commercial and retail redevelopment. Jazz District Renaissance Corporation collaborates with strategic partners to bring additional community and economic development services to build upon the ongoing success of the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District redevelopment.
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served General/Unspecified, Blacks, African Heritage, Minorities
Short-Term Success

The increased activity and number of visitors, residents, and entrepreneurs will have an immediate impact on the short term success of the district with implications of long term viability.  Collaborations with community partners increases the cross marketing of the district as a downtown neighborhood, particularly attracting visitors and tourists in Kansas City.  

Long-Term Success The overall redevelopment of the historic Jazz District resulting in fully renovated and commercially leased spaces. The increased use of the district through commercial and residential development integrated with the fabric of this culturally rich community. The creation of a dedicated community improvement district, merchants association and partnerships with neighboring communities will ultimately enhance the sense of community in the Jazz District. The redevelopment will seek to create a vibrant, bustling neighborhood comparable to the district in its heyday.
Program Success Monitored By The progress of the redevelopment effort is monitored by the Board of Directors of the Jazz District Renaissance Corporation. The strategic business redevelopment plan for the district is closely monitored as development projects are executed. The redevelopment will follow the strategic plan that envisions a balanced mix of cultural, commercial, residential and tourist destination places.
Examples of Program Success

Community Development/Community Economic Development: Community Improvement Services are provided in the Jazz District, bringing safety and maintenance services to the district. Both commercial leasing and outdoor improvements are pursued to enhance the district. Success includes the gateway Jazz District sign installation and commercial tenants Full Employment Council and McDaniel Hazley Group, Inc.  Also, the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and Kansas City Jazz and Blues Juke House added cultural as well as night life to the district.  Infrastructure improvements of new sewers, sidewalks, curbing, lighting and landscaping greatly increased the overall appearance of the Jazz District.  An outdoor environmental greenspace patio terrace was completed along with additional district parking. We have also coordinated with Bike Share KC for installation of a Bike Station in the Jazz District.

Description  To continue to improve residential quality of life through sustainable practices, special events and new programs that are added.
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served General/Unspecified, Minorities, Blacks, African Heritage
Short-Term Success

The Jazz District Apartments Phase I and II and the Apartments at Highland Place completes the construction of housing in the Jazz District.  These units along with the surrounding housing in the Count Basie Apartments, Vine Street Lofts and Parade Park provide affordable housing options for district residents.  The focus now shifts to providing those services that significantly enhances the quality of life for residents.  

Long-Term Success

 The Jazz District will seek to use sustainable strategies that focus on environmental impact, such as a recycling program for apartment residents. The addition of a fresh vegetable mobile market would provide residents access to healthy foods that currently are not readily available within the Jazz District. The research for a project of this nature continues as a strong priority.  The continued development of green spaces in the Jazz District is desirable for residents to have various alternatives for outdoors uses to encourage physical activity as well as gathering places. Strategic meetings are in place that will encourage outdoor space development for the Jazz District neighbors and visitors to the area.

Program Success Monitored By The progress of the redevelopment effort is monitored by the Board of Directors of the Jazz District Renaissance Corporation. The strategic business redevelopment plan for the district is closely monitored as development projects are executed.
Examples of Program Success

Jazz District Renaissance Corporation continues its efforts to add new amenities and attractions for our current residents and visitors. 

  • Co-hosted American Jazz Musicians Walk of Fame 2017, the 4th annual event and presentation, which serves as a wonderfully anticipated annual event in the Jazz District for our community, neighbors and visitors to Kansas City.
  • Co-hosted inaugural 4th of July Community Celebration which included outdoor Music Concert and Fireworks show for visitors, community members and neighbors of 18th & Vine Jazz District. The outdoor holiday event was held on July 3, 2017 and was a huge success.

 

The program success spawned yet another program attraction for the community, The Free Summer Concerts on the Vine.  The concerts occurred on Sundays during July and August and offered a fun day of musical entertainment and activities for the entire family. 
CEO Comments

The redevelopment of the 18th Vine Jazz District is the primary focus of Jazz District Renaissance Corporation through commercial and residential development.  JDRC has focused on adding residential units to provide housing to build capacity for the neighborhood. In addition to housing, the redevelopment of the historic properties is essential to the historic designation of the Jazz District, and to that end JDRC has been successful in the redevelopment of the historic houses and Rochester Hotel on Highland. To support the commercial activities in the Jazz District, JDRC has promoted special events that attract visitors and tourists to the district, while also providing entertainment for the residents.  To increase exposure of the district, the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz Festival was started in 2005, with over 25,000 estimated attendees.  The festival continues to be presented annually by the American Jazz Museum, quickly becoming the signature festival event in Kansas City. In 2013, JDRC began a summer/fall music concert series called “Fridays on the Vine”, designed to attract visitors on a regular basis to enjoy the jazz heritage of the district in an outdoor concert format. In 2014 JDRC hosted the inaugural American Jazz Musicians Walk of Fame, which brought hundreds of community members and visitors to the district.  Six highly honored inductees were celebrated as their names were captured in bronze medallions placed in the sidewalk and revealed in a grand ceremony.

In 2015, the 2nd annual event was even more successful. The American Jazz Musicians Walk of Fame is now a highly anticipated event and hundreds of community members and visitors attended the reveal of the six new inductees with joyous pride.
 
In 2016 the 3rd annual American Jazz Musicians Walk of Fame was presented. The event was received with great excitement by the community and visitors to the Jazz District. The successful event has grown each year. The initial component of the program is the sidewalk reveal ceremony which announces the current year honorees with an engraved Star in the sidewalk of Fame. The second component features a jam packed musical concert led by national and local musicians. The educational experience for the public is immeasurable. All visitors are educated to the history of the current honoree as well as the past years' guests and nominees. The 18th & Vine Jazz District and the City of Kansas City both benefit greatly as the Jazz District connection to the history of Jazz continues to grow with these celebrated events.
 
In 2017, co-hosted American Jazz Musicians Walk of Fame, the 4th annual event and presentation, which serves as a wonderfully anticipated annual event in the Jazz District for our community, neighbors and visitors to Kansas City. Co-hosted inaugural 4th of July Community Celebration which included outdoor Music Concert and Fireworks show for visitors, community members and neighbors of 18th & Vine Jazz District. The outdoor holiday event was held on July 3, 2017 and was a huge success.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Experience CEO position is temporarily vacant. The executive operational management responsibilities are being handled by the Board Chair at this time, with the day to day operations management being handled by staff member.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Denise E. Gilmore June 2005 - June 2014
H. David Whalen Sept 2003 - Oct 2005
Senior Staff
Title Office Manager
Experience/Biography
MS Organizational Development,
BS Business Administration,PM
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Jazz District Compact, City of Kansas City, Missouri, The Downtown Council, The Arts Council of Kansas City
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Cornerstone AwardEconomic Development Corporation of Kansas City2003
Capstone Award HonoreeKansas City Business Journal2007
Dr. George Ehrlich Achievement in Preservation AwardKansas City Landmarks Commission2008
Capstone Award - Multifamily winner for Apartments at Highland PlaceKansas City Business Journal2013
National Planning Award nomination for Apartments at Highland PlacePlanning & The Black Community Division of the American Planning Association2013
Preserve Missouri AwardStatewide Preservation Honor Awards2014
Cornerstone Award/Residential-Apartments at Highland PlaceEconomic Development Corporation of Kansas City2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
The Board of Directors of the Jazz District Renaissance Corporation is a diverse group of community, elected officials and business leaders, fully committed to the revitalization of the historic Jazz District. The Board of Directors brings a depth of experience and community connection that enhances the ability to identify resources and relationships to further the mission. The original strategic plan was developed by the IDEO group with the underwriting provided by the Kauffman Foundation. Currently, JDRC is revising its strategic plan. The staff works diligently to execute the mission of Jazz District Renaissance Corporation with oversight provided by the Board of Directors. The successful redevelopment of the Jazz District is linked to the ability of staff and board to form partnerships and collaborate effectively to engage those organizations who share the desire to revitalize this historic district. We have successfully collaborated with like-minded partners to work together in the best interest of the 18th & Vine Jazz District.
 
Jazz District Renaissance will continue to pursue economic development opportunities through the redevelopment and revitalization of the Jazz District.  The creation of a livable neighborhood with sustainable development through small business entrepreneurship, infrastructure investment, enhanced green spaces and residential housing will be the catalyst for transforming the community while preserving the heritage of the Jazz District.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Sidney King
Company Affiliation Liberty Bank
Term June 2017 to June 2019
Email sking@libertybank.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Honorable Emanuel Cleaver IIMember of Congress, 5th District, Missouri
Ms Melba Curls Community Member Volunteer
Ms. Gayle Holliday G & H Consulting
Mr. Sidney King Liberty Bank
Mr. Robert Langenkamp Director, City Planning & Development
Mr. Quinton Lucas 3rd District At Large, City Council, KCMO
Mr. Troy Nash Zimmer Real Estate
Mr. Jermaine Reed 3rd District, City Council, KCMO
Mr. Troy Schulte City Manager
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
By-laws
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments

The JDRC Board of Directors remain focused on improvements in governance. We successfully recruited new board members to fulfill specific needs in commercial real estate, banking and institutional knowledge of the redevelopment of the Jazz District. The Board is operating with a full complement of Directors.  In addition, an advisory committee for the 18th & Vine Jazz District was appointed by the City of Kansas City, to have direct input on future district development and collaborations.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $270,500
Projected Expenses $225,000
Form 990s
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 7/31/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Audits show consolidated financials for Jazz District Renaissance Corp. and its for-profit subsidiary, Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation. Audit provided breakdown of entities; used data for Renaissance Corp. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include individual contributions.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$144,060$191,181$0
Administration Expense$2,081$8,058$46,062
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.840.972.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%96%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$5,243,991$5,266,653$5,272,464
Current Assets$4,589,225$4,611,887$4,617,698
Long-Term Liabilities$462,459$462,459$462,459
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$4,781,532$4,804,194$4,810,005
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%9%9%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Arts Council $50,000Missouri Arts Council $100,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLaclede Gas Charitable Trust $15,000Sprint Foundation $30,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKauffman Foundation $10,000Hallmark Cards $15,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Jazz District Renaissance Corp.
Address 1722 E. 17th Terrace
Floor 1A
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 2211719
Contact Email info@kcjazzdistrict.org
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Sidney King
Board Chair Company Affiliation Liberty Bank
Year of Incorporation 1997