What is LINC?
The Local Investment Commission (LINC) is a citizen-driven community collaborative involving efforts by the state of Missouri to work with neighborhood leaders, citizens, business, civic and labor leaders to improve the lives of children and families in Kansas City and Jackson County.
LINC, as it is often referred to, is involved in initiatives to provide employment to those on welfare, create new businesses in the central city, improve the delivery of human services, and help improve the lives of families and children.
The efforts are directed by a 36-member citizen commission created in November 1992. Professional advice and support is provided by a professional cabinet which meets with the commission. More than 700 volunteers – professionals, community leaders and citizens – are involved with LINC.
LINC is also the Community Partnership selected by the state of Missouri to administer the Caring Communities fund created by eight state departments – Social Services, Mental Health, Health, Labor, Elementary and Secondary Education, Corrections, Economic Development, and Public Safety – to support and develop school-linked/neighborhood-based services. The fund is used to support services at selected schools where interest is shown by parents, neighbors and the school principal. The effort involves 60 schools in five school districts. School-linked services are part of a larger effort to develop comprehensive integrated neighborhood services through neighborhood involvement, professional development and change management.
LINC is involved in other community efforts and partnerships. Its areas of concentration include: children and families, aging, health care, housing, school-linked services, welfare reform and business development.
LINC Site Coordinator