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The Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving Kansas and Missouri’s education systems. The organization was founded on the premise that the business community has the obligation, opportunity and capacity to increase the college and workforce readiness of all students through an ambitious, aggressive and comprehensive reform agenda. We believe:  

Our Vision is to Create synergy between the business and education communities so that our region’s children achieve their greatest potential and our communities can capitalize on a creative and talented workforce.  Toward that our strategies and tactics are guided by five core principles:

The Opportunity

Education is the most important economic development initiative that communities undertake.  It has the power to transform students into creative, productive and fulfilled citizens who can bring prosperity to their communities.  Unfortunately, there are too many communities where the demand for skills is outpacing the talent that schools are generating.  As the economy rapidly continues to evolve, schools need to know how they should be preparing students for the future.  But those schools need help.  Businesses must become far more active in that conversation than they currently are because they are supposed to be anticipating the resources they need to survive and grow.  Successful businesses use principles such as transparency and accountability to make strategic investments for the future.  They also utilize partnerships to coordinate and leverage investments of time, talent and treasure in order to multiply results.  Education is no different.  The future success of students, businesses and communities depends on strategic investments today, starting with a commitment to break down barriers between “The Education System” and “The Business Community” in order to create more meaningful engagement.  We have the chance to promote real understanding about what a successful future looks like and how we can achieve it by working together to prioritize education as this generation’s clean water issue.  

History of the business Alliance for education

In response to the education crises in Kansas and Missouri, Tyler Nottberg, Chairman & CEO of U.S. Engineering Company Holdings, along with David Oliver of Berkowitz Oliver, Jonathan Freiden, CEO of U.S. Toy & Constructive Play Things, and President Torree Pederson, founded the Business Alliance for Education in October 2011.  Over the last five years, The Alliance has assembled a coalition of business and civic leaders who are committed to focusing strategically on ways that communities can work better together to foster student achievement and economic development.  The Alliance is the only state-wide business group in Kansas or Missouri focused exclusively on education issues.

Our role
Our vision

Create synergy between the business and education communities so that our region’s children achieve their greatest potential and our communities can capitalize on a creative and talented workforce.

Our mission

Engage business leaders in education efforts that promote workforce readiness in an increasingly competitive and globalized world.

Our core values
Our Strategy

Leverage the knowledge and resources of business leaders to generate dialogue and partnerships between and among businesses, as well as other key stakeholders.  The Alliance has the opportunity and the obligation to encourage thoughtful investments of time, talent and treasure by businesses in education initiatives that will enhance student achievement and contribute to long-term economic development.  This includes serving as a non-partisan, unbiased convener of stakeholders that can educate and influence local, state and national policymakers on a regular basis.  It also means maintaining a highly effective governance and operating structure that is capable of driving reform efforts and is recognized as a national model of excellence.    

Our Strategic goals in 2016 Membership
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