Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation is dedicated to sustainable and equitable local economic and community development. Our goal is to grow the community by growing the local economy for the residents of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic Northeast and local and the region’s small scale-farmers and food entrepreneurs.
Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. (AAFE), a nationally recognized nonprofit housing and community development organization based in New York City purchased the site at auction from the federal government in 2011. AAFE established the Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (HREDC) as a Missouri-registered 501c3 nonprofit.
HREDC’s mission-related activities are centered on the redevelopment of the 20-acre, seven-building Hardesty site which contains 1.2 million square feet of former industrial space. Activities based on the Hardesty site will serve as the economic anchor and catalyst that improves the lives of neighborhood residents and businesses as well as Kansas City area small-scale farmers and food-related businesses.
An important complement to the food-related theme is the fact that the Hardesty site will host a number of educational institutions and programs that will also help stimulate the revitalization of the city’s Historic Northeast.
A veteran of the Kauffman Foundation, Prentiss Earl III is a seasoned and resilient entrepreneur with a passion for community, culture and servant leadership. During his time as an Entrepreneur In Residence at Kauffman, he and his team executed entrepreneurial programs that addressed entrepreneurial thinking, mindset, education, mentorship, inclusion and ecosystem building which included: CODE2040 (Inclusion), The Urban Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with the White House (UEP), The IceHouse Entrepreneurship Program (Mindset), 1 Million Cups (Ecosystem), Kauffman Founders School (Education), Top of Mind (Current Events), Entrepreneurship.org (Resources) and more. Prentiss also led, taught, and personally mentored students interested in entrepreneurship at Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, a community resource for experiential-based entrepreneurship education.
Mr. Earl has served on a variety of boards and advisory capacities in Washington D.C. and Kansas City, including mayor Sly Jame’s mayoral-appointed Kansas City Airport Advisory Board, ACG- Builders Association Board and most recently the Startland News Board. Prentiss has spoken and participated in a variety of community-focused convenings that include SBA- Entrepreneurship White House Convenings, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Blue Hills Community Services, Kauffman Foundation, Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, Blue Valley Caps, 1 Million Cups, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Big Omaha Entrepreneurship Conference, Think Iowa Entrepreneurship Conference, Inc 500/ 5000 Conference and most recently a mentor for Kansas City’s MECA Challenge Kansas City Youth Competition.
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Currently, Mr. Earl is serving as the Ecosystem Accelerator in Residence for the Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (HREDC) where his primary focus is to convene a diverse and large set of stakeholders to discuss community-wide issues and opportunities. Mr. Earl will work with anchor partners, tenants, local business owners, and residents to plan, coordinate and facilitate the convening of the community at HREDC. Mr. Earl is working across community silos to ensure cross-pollination occurs when it needs to. Mr. Earl is also working on entrepreneurial endeavors outside of HREDC to bring new stakeholders into the Hardesty Renaissance community and extend HREDC’s reach outward, accelerating the growth of the Hardesty Renaissance ecosystem.
What is HREDC?
HREDC entails the redevelopment of the 20-acre former Hardesty Federal Complex, including the rehabilitation of its 7 buildings totaling more than 1.2 million square feet. The goal is to establish Hardesty as a catalytic anchor institution that serves as the center for community and economic development, “lifelong” profession-based learning and wellness. The center will serve as a hub for nonprofit community development programs and services, and housing basic commercial services the community needs. Once activated, the site would serve as the catalytic anchor institution and engine for the surrounding communities and regions like it did when it was first developed during WWII.
Prentiss Earl III was born in Kansas City, MO, is married to his wife Jazzmin and is the proud father of Payton, Maxwell and Gwen.