In the fall of 2008, a group of Kendall leaders realized that the Square had rapidly evolved into something extraordinary, and that it was important to think about its future in a more deliberate way. Located next to MIT, and surrounded by life sciences and information technology companies, as well as many research institutions, Kendall was already an epicenter for innovation. What was also needed was a greater ability to connect and exchange ideas, and equally vibrant and compelling activity at the street level.
The KSA began as a breakfast for leaders in the Kendall community to discuss the development of the Square. More than 100 people offered ideas about how to improve, promote, and protect Kendall Square. That input resulted in the establishment of the KSA, which had its first Annual Meeting in March 2009. The mission has always been to build partnerships, host events, advocate for public policy issues, and tell Kendall's story of transformation from an industrial center to a global innovation hub.