UEDA 2021


September 19 - 22, 2021



Transformation: Forward Thinking in a Changing World


2021 UEDA Summit Speakers

Sly James

Sly James

54th Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

Former Mayor Sly James served as the 54th mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 2011 to 2019. James was the second African American to be elected mayor in Kansas City. James guided the construction of the modern streetcar line, created the first “Smart City” initiative in North America, and helped close the gap between the city’s third grade reading proficiency and the state average by a third. Because of his innovative leadership, James was awarded KCPT’s American Graduate Champion of Education, Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers Dreamers and Drivers and the Kansas City Area Development Council One KC Award. After leaving office, James opened the consulting firm Wickham James Strategies & Solutions.





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