Welcome to Project RISE

Roeland Park, KS

About Project RISE

In 2022, the vision for a targeted economic development project emerged when the City of Roeland Park saw a need for additional support for its small business community. For this endeavor, Roeland Park partnered with the Northeast Johnson County (NEJC) Chamber of Commerce on a small business-focused initiative, Project RISE. The mission of Project RISE is to: Recruit, Identify, Support and Encourage our area businesses. Project RISE is ready to offer a lending hand to current Roeland Park businesses or those looking to locate to the Roeland Park community. Project RISE has resources available for every stage of a business from launch, to growth and everything in between.

Roeland Park Retail

About the City of Roeland Park

Roeland Park is a small inner-ring suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, located along the busy Interstate 35 corridor in northeast Johnson County. The community was named after John Roe, an immigrant from Ireland who settled on 267 acres in 1883, on part of which Roeland Park now stands. The area has a long history of settlers, but the City was not founded until 1951, after decades of property sales and transfers, expanded regional transportation networks and nearby city incorporations. Significant growth came to the city following World War II with many returning soldiers looking for a stable, safe, and quiet community to start and raise a family. From 1950 to 1980, the population of Roeland Park grew significantly and peaked at just under 8,000 people. According to the latest census numbers (2020), the population is just under 6,871.

About the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce

“Helping Businesses Grow & Communities Thrive”

The Northeast Johnson County (NEJC) Chamber of Commerce is a relationship-driven organization dedicated to connecting communities, building relationships and growing business. As a regional Chamber in northeast Kansas, we serve the following 10 cities:

  • Fairway
  • Merriam
  • Mission
  • Mission Hills
  • Mission Woods
  • Overland Park
  • Prairie Village
  • Roeland Park
  • Westwood
  • Westwood Hills

Whether you live, work, play or want to increase your business reach in NEJC, we are here to help you grow your organization. Join us for an upcoming event and experience what it means to be a part of the NEJC Chamber Family.

Meet the Team

Project Rise
Michael Poppa

Michael Poppa

Mayor of Roeland Park
Jennifer Jones-Lacy

Jennifer Jones-Lacy

Assistant City Administrator / Finance Director
Jan Peters

Jan Peters

Business Development Director
Katie Garcia

Katie Garcia

Digital Communications / Website
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