Business and Government


Planning Begins for KC Streetcar Extension

With last week's voter authorization giving them them the green light, area transit officials issued formal notice today that planning is starting for an extenstion of the Downtown streetcar, south to the Country Club Plaza and the University of Missouri-Kansas… more

Greitens Goes After Red Tape

Gov. Eric Greitens has launched a series of listening sessions in conjunction with the debut of the state's Web site dedicated to improving government efficiency, www.NoMORedTape.com. Geitens, who conducted the first of those sessions on Wednesday, says he established the site… more

Soave Resigns as Kansas Commerce Dept. Secretary

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has announced Antiono Soave's resignation as secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, effective immediately, to pursue business opportunities in the private sector. Soave had served in that role  since November 2015. Nick Jordan, who has… more

Bi-State Jobless Rates Dip Again

The February unemployment rate in Kansas fell to 4.0 percent, labor officials announced today, a figure that nearly matches the 4.1 percent figure reported in Missouri earlier this week. The Kansas jobless rate was the lowest the state has seen… more

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