Business and Government

Council Committee Approves Mayor’s Arts Festival Plan

The Finance and Governance Committee of the Kansas City Council has approved Mayor Sly James’ vision for a Kansas City Arts Festival that would celebrate the city as the nation’s “creative crossroads” of visual, performing and digital arts. The full City… more

Missouri, Kansas Business Tax Rankings

Missouri and Kansas placed at 15th and 22nd respectively on the Tax Foundation’s 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index, which is designed to measure how competitive a state is when it comes to business tax. The index uses a system… more

KCMO and KCK Team Up in White House Initiative

The White House announced today that Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas have been selected as lead cities in the White House Smart City Initiative. They will host two meetings in 2017 that bring together leading public and private… more

A New Company Headquarters for Kansas City

The employee-screening solutions company, Alere eScreen, a subsidiary of Alere Inc., will move its headquarters to Kansas City, bringing with it a capital investment of more than $6.8 million and 30 new jobs in addition to its current staff of… more

Missouri Invests a Million in Voting Improvements

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced $1 million in grant funding to increase election efficiency throughout the state. The funding is intended for such things as maintaining Internet service, voter registration list maintenance, training, voting equipment or maintenance and… more

KCRise Fund Has $10 Million in Commitments

The KCRise Fund—an initiative of the KC Rising effort to fully realize the Kansas City region’s economic potential—announced today that it has closed on an initial $10 million in commitments from area investors.  KCRise was established, “as a solution to… more

Fed Votes to Hold the Course on Interest Rates

While saying “the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened,” the Federal Reserve announced today that it will not make a rate change at this time. The Federal Open Market Committee, which is charged with setting… more

21 States Sue Obama Administration on Overtime Rule

Kansas is one of 21 states joining in lawsuit filed today against the Obama administration. The suit challenges the U.S. Department of Labor’s new “Overtime Rule.” The suit was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Nevada Attorney General… more

Missouri Supreme Court Says Voters Will Decide on Cigarette Tax Hike

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that voters will get to decide on raising cigarette taxes. The measure will appear on the ballot for the November 8th election, asking voters to weigh a proposed constitutional amendment that would phase in… more

St. Joseph 5th in Startups Nationwide

According to the data-analysis website,, St. Joseph, Missouri ranks 5th among metro areas with the fastest-growing rates of new startups (businesses less than a year old). Basing its findings on data from 2014, the report puts three Missouri metros… more