No respect. How come we don’t get no respect? For mid-westerners, this question might soon be reimagined as “what are we going to do with all this respect and recognition?” After many years of concerted effort by many people (thank you Charles Wheeler), we are finally getting some recognition. Whether from Google, the Bloch School, or the Kauffman Foundation, people seem to be noticing us. The community stands to benefit here.
I was speaking last week with Carlos Gomez, who has been leading the KC Hispanic Chamber for a few years. We agreed that the border wars between Kansas and Missouri are kind of silly. It’s a classic win-lose orientation. With more people focused on the Midwest as a destination for animal sciences, technology innovation, and venture capital, the pie is getting larger. We can all win. There is enough for everyone, I promise. This is an opportunity to jump on the goodwill train and contribute to an exciting time of growth.