Business and Government


Ottensmeyer Tabbed for Bilateral Talks

The U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue has turned to Patrick Ottensmeyer, president and CEO of Kansas City Southern Railway, to lead a strategic trade initiatives working group, aimed at advancing the relationship between the two nations by recommending private sector solutions to… more

Four Joining UMKC Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

      The Henry W. Block School of Management at UMKC today announced that four local entrepreneurs, including the legendary barbecue master Ollie Gates, were being inducted into its Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.       A news release from UMKC said Gates… more

Missouri Marijuana Petitions Advance

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced this morning that a pair of initiative petitions seeking to legalize marijuana sales and use in Missouri had met state standards for circulation. The measures, if approved by voters in 2018, would amend the… more

CVS Chooses Kansas City as Midwest Distribution Center

Kansas City’s growing reputation as a vital distribution hub at the center of the United States received further burnishing today, when The Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) announced that CVS Pharmacy, America’s leading retail pharmacy, will build a 762,000-sq.-ft.… more

Missouri Sets New Tourism Records

Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon announced today that Missouri set new tourism records during the 2016 fiscal year (FY16). Citing an annual report compiled by Tourism Economics, he said Missouri welcomed 41.7 million visitors in FY16, a 3.2 percent increase from… more

Unified Government Pays Off Village West STAR Bonds

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas is celebrating an economic achievement. The STAR Bonds that funded the Village West Shopping and Tourism district were paid off, five years ahead of schedule, as of December 1.  STAR bonds allow… more

Missou’s New President Visits UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City celebrated today at a rally welcoming Mun Choi, Ph.D.—president-designate of the University of Missouri system—who is capping off a tour of University of Missouri’s campuses. Ingram’s was on hand to speak with Dr. Choi: Ingram’s:… more

Paragon Star Breaks Ground in Lee’s Summit

This morning, after months of planning and approvals, the recreation, entertainment and soccer complex project known as Paragon Star broke ground at the intersection of I-470 and View High Drive in Lee’s Summit. The 130-acre, $400-plus million development has been… more

Income, Spending and Prices Are on the Rise, Says Commerce Department

The likelihood of an interest-rate increase from the Federal Reserve grew today with the release of October’s consumer spending and personal income numbers from the United States Commerce Department. The Commerce Department also said that consumer spending in October increased… more

Johnson County Gateway Swings Into Service

The meeting of routes 35, 435 and K-10 is about to become a much more driver-friendly meeting as the Johnson County Gateway swings into full effect over the coming week. Yesterday in Lenexa, officials celebrated a ribbon-cutting for the completion… more