Explore Your Community

The Heart of America is filled with welcoming individuals with diverse cultural experiences, authentic cuisine representing regions of the world, and thousands of organizations with global connections. Will you come explore with us?

We are all global citizens

Kansas City Depends on Global Connections

The greater Kansas City metropolitan area is home to nearly 2.5 million individuals. Over 6.5% of our community is comprised of immigrants. 

The Kansas City economy benefits greatly from international trade, with $7.3 billion in goods being exported in 2018 alone. 

Since 2016, the Global Ties KC organization has hosted over 1,870 visitors from 178 countries, bringing international leaders into your homes & businesses.

Global Ties KC Bringing the World to You

Global Ties KC enhances citizen diplomacy throughout Missouri and Kansas by connecting current and future leaders with you. Global Ties KC provides the link to current global issues by person-to-person contact. Through their programs, hundreds of international leaders explore Kansas City each year.

Welcoming KC

Over the last year, individuals and organizations across the area have been working together on a Greater Kansas City Welcoming Plan with the goal of making the bi-state region more inclusive for immigrants, refugees and other underserved populations. In developing the plan, the Welcoming KC steering committee used tools and processes developed by  Welcoming America, a national organization that assists nonprofit and governmental entities interested in transforming their communities into more welcoming places.

Dozens of local nonprofits headquartered in Kansas City and across the heartland connect to the world.


To facilitate trade, lasting country-to-country and city-to-city connections, and serve as the official face of the region, a number of agencies and organizations serve to sustain international connections.


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Serve as a Citizen Diplomat

YOU have the ability to be an ambassador for Kansas City and to engage with cultures found around the globe, without ever leaving the community. We hope you’ll enjoy exploring this site and walk away feeling inspired to get to know your neighbors!

-Global Ties kC

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Disclaimer: This website is a work in progress and will always be a work in progress, due to the nuanced nature of culture. Global Ties KC's Diverse KC Initiative is a good-will project and does not guarantee any information on this website, but rather everything is researched and completed with due diligence. We welcome all input and recommendations from the community to create an effective and reflective tool for all.

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